Posted Feb 26, 2018
Temple University will host an informational town hall to discuss the proposed on-campus multipurpose facility, including a football stadium and retail complex. The public town hall, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, in Mitten Hall (1913 N. Broad St.), is an extension of ongoing conversations between university leadership and community members.
“I firmly believe this facility will be good for our neighbors as well as the Temple community,” said President Richard M. Englert, who will present at the meeting. “For nearly two years, we have been talking with our neighbors to address concerns over the impact of the project. The information we have presented in recent weeks and our presentation on Tuesday will show we have been responsive to those concerns.”
In January, Temple leaders announced that the university was taking the next step with its plan for the multipurpose facility, including a proposed 30,000- to 35,000-seat football stadium, by filing a project submission to the city Planning Commission to seek government approvals. That decision came after nearly two years of conversations with local and city leaders over the potential for and impacts of the proposed facility.
In addition to Englert speaking at the town hall, architects from the university and the firm Moody Nolan will address the community about the structural features of the multipurpose facility and the benefits it will bring. Curtis J. Moody, lead architect with Moody Nolan, met with community residents to hear their concerns and has worked to integrate those comments into the designs.
The president said the informational town hall is the latest phase in an extended series of conversations with local residents, and that those conversations will continue.
“These discussions will continue in helping us understand and develop better working relationships in the community,” Englert said. “It is important for us to be better neighbors, and continue taking steps to address community issues as a result.”