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Construction begins on $199M View II student housing project by Temple

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The developer broke ground on the second phase this weekView II Construction has begun on a $199 million student housing development that will bring 368 “resort-style” apartments to the edge of Temple’s campus.

The project, dubbed View II, is the second and final phase of Goldenberg Group’s master plan to redevelop a 4.6-acre site at 1101 Cecil B. Moore Avenue that was formerly the John Wanamaker High School. When View II finishes construction in summer 2019, the site will include more than 1,800 beds and 40,000 square feet of retail.

Goldenberg announced the groundbreaking Wednesday afternoon. The by-right project will total 470,000 square feet and include one-, two-, three-, and four-bedroom apartments that are fully furnished, complete with flat screen TV’s. [Read Full Article]

New housing complex for Temple students breaks ground

Updated: OCTOBER 11, 2017 — 3:48 PM EDT by Jacob Adelman, Staff Writer  @jacobadelman  [email protected]

Blue Bell-based Goldenberg Group has broken ground on a 984-bed student-housing development near the Temple University campus at 12th Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue.View II

The $199 million project will include 30,000 square feet of ground-level retail, restaurant and commercial space opening to a plaza with seating, green space, and activity areas, Goldenberg said in a release Wednesday. [Read Full Article]

15 Amazing New Murals to Check Out in Philly Right Now

Curbed Philly From a squirrel eating a SEPTA token to a 125-foot-tall mural on the Parkway (see # 14)


McMichael Elementary Gets Renovations in Preparation for the School Year

The Notebook

August 31, 2017 — 12:26pm

Notebook - McMichael Renovation Project

McMichael Elementary School received a facelift yesterday on day two of renovations in preparation for the new school year. The first was on Aug. 22.

Thanks to $15,000 worth of contributions from the Goldenberg Group, a local real estate developer, the school upgraded common areas — the teachers’ lounge, indoor recess room, multipurpose room, and the courtyard. [Read Full Article]

Hundreds of Volunteers Help Renovate West Philly School

PHL17 Posted 5:02 PM, August 30, 2017 By Matt Alba Updated at  09:29 am, August 31, 2017

PHL17 Summer Improvement ProjectWEST PHILADELPHIA — Brian Wallace is the principal of the Morton McMichael School in West Philadelphia and says his school has been blessed this year to get help with some much-needed renovations. Wallace said his school was, “Well used…really run down and it needed a lot of love and attention.”

Starting last week, the Goldenberg Group, which is a Philadelphia based real estate developer, held its 6th annual school improvement project. They gathered over 200 volunteers from other businesses around the city to help make sure the school is fresh, clean and in good shape for the coming school year. [Read Full Article]

Real Estate Group Gives One West Philly School A Back-To-School Makeover

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August 22, 2017, 3:20 PM

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A West Philadelphia elementary school is getting a much-needed makeover thanks to a top real estate development firm.

McMichael Home Improvement Day 1 , Aug. 2017

Inside the Morton McMichael School in the Mantua section of the city, dozens of volunteers drill, paint, clean and spackle.

All thanks to the Goldenberg Group – their sixth year helping to improve Philadelphia schools around the region. [Read Full Article]

New Restaurant Opening at Carpenter Square L’Anima: Melograno’s owners opening in S.W. Center City Updated: AUGUST 9, 2017 — 1:54 PM EDT by Michael Klein, Staff Writer

L' Anima at Carpernter Square

The ink is barely dry on what will be a third restaurant for Rosemarie Tran and chef Gianluca Demontis, who own Center City’s Melograno and Bryn Mawr’s Fraschetta.

They’re headed into Southwest Center City, taking the never-before-occupied ground-floor space in Carpenter Square at the corner of 17th and Carpenter Streets.

Tentative name is L’Anima – “the soul.” [ReadFull Article]

Mapping the 30 high-rises under construction in Philly right now

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Curbed Philadelphia 1213 Walnut Photo

It seems like the Philly skyline changes almost daily, with plenty of cranes rising and towers topping out. This map may help wrap your head around the mind-boggling amount of construction that’s taking place throughout the city—a majority of which qualifies as high-end construction. [Read Full Article]

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Hard Hat Tour: 1213 Walnut

Philadelphia Magazine

1213 Walnut - Community Great Room

Philadelphia’s newest hotel is in its home stretch, sprinting towards an August opening. Wait, did I say “hotel”? Forgive me, for I had a momentary lapse of memory in recalling what I was touring at 1213 Walnut St. The building that local wags had dubbed the “Fergie Tower” is being referred to by that moniker much less often now that it’s a reality. The three companies in charge of making it happen — the Goldenberg Group, Houston-based Hines and Washington-based ASB Real Estate Investments — have always called it by its Midtown Village street address in Washington Square West, and its tenants will most likely do the same; after all, if they don’t, the Postal Service might not deliver their mail. [Read Full Article]