Crews have begun work on an 18-story metal-and-glass-clad apartment building near Temple University that will share a North Broad Street block with the historic Blue Horizon boxing venue and New Freedom Theatre.

The 192-unit tower near the southwest corner of Broad and Master Streets, which is being called the Nest, will also include ground-floor commercial space, developer Bock Development Group said in a release Monday.

The 1324 N. Broad St. building, scheduled for completion in August 2019, replaces a storage structure on an empty lot just south of the brownstone Freedom Theatre building.

The developer, led by Ernest Bock & Sons Inc. construction company president Tom Bock, acquired the project site in 2015 for $2.2 million from the theater's nonprofit operator, New Freedom Theatre Inc.