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Massive $1B uCity Square Project Could Benefit Community

For $1 billion, University City Science Center will double in size with plans to revamp the 14-acre former University City High School property as well as interact with the surrounding communities. Science Center President and CEO Steve Tang told that he hopes to not only redevelop the property, but engage with the surrounding communities in order to buck the trend of gentrification. "What's happened in the past, when Penn and Drexel were beginning to grow, was that there was a lot of displacement and tension between the neighborhoods and the institutions. We're trying to create an environment where there's really a community between the two," said Tang. Some of the ways that Tang will contribute to the community is by building a K-8 school nearby. The Science Center will invest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs at the planned school. Science Center is currently working with the developer Wexford Science + Technology to construct that project. The new development, called uCity Square, will feature office buildings, public spaces, and businesses that will extend North of Market Street up to Powelton Street. The first of two phases is expected to finish in two years.

· The Science Center's billion-dollar development hopes to buck the trend of gentrification []
· uCity Square: Wexford's Future for West Philly Innovation [Curbed Philly]