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Westview Plaza is located in the Mantua section of Philadelphia, a neighborhood which has not had a supermarket in over 30 years. The Mantua community is surrounded by some of Philadelphia's most notable attractions and is conveniently located adjacent to the campus of Drexel University and the Philadelphia Zoo, the Philadelphia Art Museum, 30th Street Train Station (the largest transportation hub in the region) Center City and Interstates 76 and 95.
Aquinas is working with the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority (PRA), Councilwoman Blackwell and the Mantua community to develop a supermarket and retail establishments in the Mantua section of Philadelphia. The project will provide the first fresh foods supermarket to Mantua in many decades and was specifically cited by President Barack Obama during his announcement of five national ‘Promise Zones,’ which are specially designated areas that will have priority support at the Federal level.
The Plaza will consist of a suburban-style supermarket and additional pad-site retail. The project and development team have garnered strong support from all stakeholders (e.g. community groups, Drexel University, City Council and City and State Government). The timetable for this project is to commence construction in the first quarter of 2015 and deliver in the first quarter of 2016.