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Drexel University Begins Construction on 24-Story Student Highrise

(L-R: Mahmoud Shurbaji, president of Drexel University's undergraduate student government association; Bill Bayless, American Campus Communities president & CEO; John Fry, president of Drexel University; Jamie Wilhelm, American Campus Communities executive vice president; and James Tucker, Drexel senior vice president for student life and administrative services.  Photo provided)

(L-R: Mahmoud Shurbaji, president of Drexel University’s undergraduate student government association; Bill Bayless, American Campus Communities president & CEO; John Fry, president of Drexel University; Jamie Wilhelm, American Campus Communities executive vice president; and James Tucker, Drexel senior vice president for student life and administrative services. Photo provided)

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By Paul Kurtz

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Drexel University held a ceremonial groundbreaking  today for a high-rise, mixed-use development at Lancaster Avenue and 34th Street.

The bulldozers and backhoes have been chewing up the earth for some time now at the corner of 34th and Lancaster.  Rising up at that location over the next two years will be the largest project in Drexel’s history.

“A 24-story, 580,000-square-foot student housing, dining, retail complex,” notes university senior vice president Jim Tucker (at far right in photo), “with over 1,300 student housing beds, a 400-seat student and community dining center, 20,000 square feet of retail.  It’ll anchor the eastern edge of Lancaster Avenue and help revitalize the important commercial corridor in West Philadelphia.”

The $170-million development is scheduled to open in two years.

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