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The View II Adds to Yorktown Amenities & Temple Student Housing

View IIA few years ago, The View at Montgomery was built by the Goldenberg Group at 11th Street and Montgomery Avenue in the Yorktown neighborhood of North Philadelphia, on the former site of the now-demolished Wanamaker Public School.  It is a large block-long highrise apartment building providing housing for Temple University students.  It has a colorful exterior meant to resemble the red, gray, and white colors of Temple University.  Now, Goldenberg Group is seeking to expand The View at Montgomery with The View II, a companion building to the south, which will provide much more student housing and amenities for the Yorktown neighborhood.

The View II will have 352 apartment units for a total of 874 student beds, in studio, one, two, and four bed units.  It will consist of two wings: an east wing, which will be eighteen stories tall, and a west wing, which will be twelve stories tall.  The building will have 94 parking spaces in the middle of the ground level, with six spaces reserved for car share and six spaces reserved for electrical vehicles.  The ground level will have several community amenities, including two large retail spaces in the west tower totaling 20,000 square feet, a community space, and an innovation center in the east tower, which would be used by aspiring entrepreneurs in the community and those enrolled at Temple.  For the students, The View II would have extensive study areas; with group study rooms and private study areas; a fitness center in the west tower, a sky lounge, and 130 bicycle parking spaces.  The building will be surrounded by public plazas.  On 12th Street, there will be an amphitheater and outdoor seating.  On Cecil B. Moore Avenue, on the south side, will be a plaza with shade trees and shrubs to hide the parking structure in the middle.  Along 11th Street will be trees and shrubs next to the innovation center.  Green roofs will be on the top of each tower and the parking structure.  The exterior will have glass curtain wall windows, corrugated metal panels, stucco panels, and brick at the base, and will have similar colors to first View highrise.

View IIThe View II will add more capacity for the Temple campus and will add more neighborhood amenities for Yorktown.  The innovation center could help small businesses grow and provide jobs in North Philadelphia, adding to housing demand and investment opportunities.

By, Gabriel Gottlieb