PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Raza Properties is in the planning stages of affordable, luxury living space in the Sharswood area, which is in close proximity to Temple University, Girard Ave, Brewerytown and the Center City business district. Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20161115/439835 Born and raised in the Philadelphia area, CEO Rahil Raza grew up with a passion for real estate development and creating opportunities for hardworking Philadelphians. In the next two years he estimates that Raza Properties will deliver $25 million in high-quality, affordable, multi-family and mixed-use properties. His mission is to meet the needs of Philadelphia's growing middle class, who are being priced out by extravagantly high rent in Center City. "Our tenants are a very diverse, intelligent, driven clientele that want to enjoy all the city has to offer. They feel the rent in Center City is unreasonable and I tend to agree with them." Recently, word of proposed zoning changes in the area requiring low density suburban features in the fifth most populous city threaten to hinder the efforts of Raza Properties and other developers. Furthermore, the proposed down-zoning would be detrimental to the Ridge Avenue commercial corridor in Francisville and Sharswood. Rahil Raza explains, "Commercial corridors are filled with small, local businesses that do not have the marketing resources of large retailers. To be successful, the immediate area must be densely populated.