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AthenianRazak Projects Featured in Urban Land Article on Camden’s Comeback

Leading up to their 2016 Spring Meeting that will take place in Philly from April 19 – 21st, ULI’s magazine, Urban Land, recently featured an article on Camden’s Comeback.

The article states, “There has been a groundswell of economic and redevelopment activity on many fronts, a reduction in crime and poverty, and improvements in education and housing in the city,” says George E. Norcross III, head of the Cooper University Hospital board. “Based on these incremental successes, Camden is well on its way to becoming a thriving business hub. Equally important, Camden is also becoming a better place to live.”

We’re proud that we’re part of this rebirth happening in Camden with two projects including the Ruby Match Factory at 300 N. Delaware Ave and the 76ers training center.

Here’s more detail from the Urban Land article:

Philadelphia-based AthenianRazak has two projects under development in Camden—the Philadelphia 76ers training center and corporate offices, and the Ruby Match Factory. The NBA basketball team is moving its corporate offices to Camden from Philadelphia, says Alan Razak, principal at Athenian­Razak, bringing at least 250 jobs to the Camden waterfront when the 125,000-square-foot (12,000 sq m) facility is completed in September.

A few blocks north of the 76ers facility is the Ruby Match Factory, the speculative redevelopment of a historic loft warehouse into office space in one of the few remaining notable industrial buildings on the waterfront, Razak says. His firm is converting 47,000 square feet (4,000 sq m) of raw warehouse space into about 74,000 square feet (7,000 sq m) of technology-driven collaborative loft office space, “with plenty of historic elements, from bricks to windows to heavy timber trusses,” he says.

Many will say that plans to transform Camden have previously been tried and failed. So what’s different this time? According to Principal Alan Razak, “This time, the planning is very focused on creating an urban core with critical mass, with everyday uses, and the mixture of space types that go with them.”

Interested in learning more about Camden’s redevelopment? If you are attending the ULI Spring Meeting, you can join a special ULI tour on April 19th that will feature a lunch at the Ruby Match Factory and the 76ers training center.