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USciences Awarded Grant Support for Living & Learning Commons

By Jenna Pizzi

Published on November 6, 2018

Residence Hall University of the Sciences has been awarded a $750,000 grant from the state of Pennsylvania to support the ongoing construction of a new, mixed-use facility on campus, dubbed the “Living & Learning Commons.” The funding from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) will support the non-residential portions of the project and will supplement additional private funds obtained by the University for the project.

RACP is a Commonwealth grant program administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational, and historical improvement projects.

“The University is appreciative of this financial support to fund what will be the hub of student and community activity on campus,” said Dr. Paul Katz, USciences president. “This building will provide state-of-the art facilities for our students, while also providing access to green space, meeting areas, and retail options for our neighbors along the Woodland Avenue corridor. I’d like to thank Governor Tom Wolf, Senator Anthony H. Williams, and Representative James R. Roebuck, Jr. for their support.”

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The six-story mixed-use building located at 46th and Woodland Avenue was named Living & Learning Commons to reflect its place as a hub of student activities on campus. The 426-bed residence hall is on track to be completed by January and students will begin living in the space at the start of the Spring Semester. The living space features double occupancy rooms with private bathrooms. Each floor includes lounges, study spaces, and laundry areas.

The building is designed to encourage pedestrian and foot traffic to the small business commercial and residential area along Woodland Avenue.

The ground floor of the building includes classroom and learning spaces, as well as student life offices, easily accessible for students. The University is still in discussion with tenants for the retail space in the building, and an announcement has not been made.

The University broke ground on the project in September 2017. The project sits on the site of the former Alexander Wilson Elementary School. USciences took over ownership of the site in July 2015 from the School District of Philadelphia after the school had been closed.

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