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Old August 28th, 2013, 08:43 AM   #181
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I really don't like majority of these projects. Boldness kills it
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1919 Market Update



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Today the Zoning Board of Adjustment met to consider granting two variances and one special exception to Brandywine Realty Trust for their proposed residential tower at 1919 Market street.



The proposed 29-story tower sits on an empty lot at 20th and Market streets. The lot was cleared decades ago to make way for a twin tower to the blue Cross Tower. The 351 foot tower will contain 278 residential units with retail space on the ground floor, and a 223-space parking garage constructed above ground at the rear of the property.



The Developers need two variances in order to move forward with the project. The first is one for the width of the side yard on 20th Street and for a curb cut providing access into the parking garage. They will need a special exception for above-ground parking in the CMX-5 zoning district.
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Old August 31st, 2013, 10:53 AM   #183
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3737 Market St. August 27th



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Old August 31st, 2013, 10:58 AM   #184
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Old September 4th, 2013, 02:33 AM   #186
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The Granary is Almost Finished, and Some Tenants Have Already Moved In

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Old September 4th, 2013, 02:37 AM   #187
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3737 Market Street Grows Larger



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Old September 12th, 2013, 11:47 PM   #188
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Comcast Rumored To Be Adding New Tower, Foster+Partners To Be Architects

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Rumor has it that an expansion to the Comcast HQ is in the works: though Liberty Property Trust has responded with cool "no comments" to questions about the fate of 1800 Arch Street, the architect they've picked is now public knowledge: the Pritzker Prize winning London architects Foster + Partners.

Right after Comcast purchased NBC, Liberty Property Trust purchased the lot at 1800 Arch. Though the Comcast tower is responsible for breaking the curse of Billy Penn, the very same curse was brought upon the city by Liberty Property Trust when they built One Liberty Place taller than the tip of William Penn's hat (491 feet to be exact).

When the Comcast Center was finished in 2008, workers added a small figurine of Philly's founder to the top of the tower, restoring his tri-corner hat to its original prominence. Will the rumored partnership between LPT and Comcast once again upstage William Penn?
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Old September 17th, 2013, 01:18 PM   #189
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The Grove at Cira Centre South Sept. 9


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Old September 17th, 2013, 01:23 PM   #190
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Dranoff's Billboard-Blocking One Riverside Clears Key Hurdle



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Carl Dranoff's mixed-use 20-story, 147 residential unit tower with adjacent cafe located at 25th and Locust streets, overcame a huge hurdle at last weeks Civic Design Review. The Civic Design Review Committee considers the public realm impacts of large projects in Philadelphis. The by-right project called One Riverside, designed by Cecil Baker Architects does not require any zoning board approval.

Dranoff will apply for for a final zoning permit from Licenses & inspections as soon as the CDR Committee submits documentation of the meeting, which is likely to happen over the next few weeks.




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Old September 24th, 2013, 07:52 AM   #191
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Market8 Casino Proposal



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The developers of the proposed Market 8 Casino released a rending with PlanPhilly, replacing a former sleeker contemporary design with a more reserved look. Market8 spokeswoman Maureen Garrity mentioned that their idea is to enliven East market Street, to bring people downtown, to draw people in, even if they are not interested in gambling.

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The new rendering features a 168-room hotel tower that will include a spa, fitness club and entertainment terrace with views of the Delaware River. The first four floor will be visually and physically connected by escalators shaped around a focal 4 story digital video feature. The second and third floors are dedicated to casino space with bars, fine and casual dining, live entertainment, VIP gaming and lounges. The fourth floor includes a concert hall/multi-purpose venue which will accommodate live performances, banquets, meetings, and boxing, a poker room, and 2-story lounge with dining and dancing. The fifth floor will be the hotel reception area and lounges.


A pair of casino licenses are up for grabs and several proposals for new casinos have emerged. No word on when a final decision will be made.
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Old October 3rd, 2013, 07:49 PM   #192
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Blatstein Confident The Provence is Philly's Best Bet



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Bart Blatstein says that The Provence would be the best candidate for Philadelphia's second casino license. It seems that Deputy Mayor Alan Greenberger agrees that the Provence has the most long term potential to spur development. The Provence does have a lot of potential to create change in the Callowhill neighborhood, but would that change be for the better?

1.) Location, location, location: Blatstein says that the Provence's location will be a huge asset for both the casino and for Philly. It's true that the city has been trying to reinvigorate North Broad for a long time, and that having a large tourist attraction might just give the area the boost it needs. It's also true that the Provence would be within walking distance of the Convention Center, and that it would be close to the Broad Street Line.

2.) Past performance: Blatstein points to the success of the Piazza as evidence that he can successfully complete complex, large scale urban development projects.

3.) Historic Preservation: Blatstein bought the historic Inquirer building with the intention of preserving it and keeping it intact. If the Provence gets the go-ahead, the Inquirer tower will keep many of its distinctive, historic elements, including the globe chandelier in the lobby, and the elevated catwalk that once hung over the press room of the Inquirer (where the paper was printed.)

4.) Neighborhood Impact: Blatstein says that, for tourists, "It will become that iconic place – when you go to Philadelphia – you go to The Provence. It will be on the bucket list."
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Old October 10th, 2013, 01:00 AM   #193
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More Rumblings From the 30th Street Rail Yards: Will Philly Finally Get Its Futuristic City in the Sky?



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Yesterday, Amtrak announced that they're looking for a master planner who can help them connect 30th Street Station to surrounding neighborhoods. Does this mean that they're one step closer to developing over the railyards?

Last June, Amtrak and Drexel teamed up to do a feasibility study on the possibility of developing a cap over the railyards, and building on it. Though Drexel's president suspected (at the time) that the study would prove development would be possible but prohibitively expensive, this most recent press release from Amtrak might be a sign that railyard development is inching closer to becoming a reality.

The press release isn't even a little coy: it specifically says that the master planning process will include "the potential development of air rights above the rail yards." Potential doesn't mean definite, but since Amtrak was in on Drexel's study, and Drexel will be included in Amtrak's planning process, the inclusion of solid language around railyard development seems to be a sign of some kind of progress.
Amtrak RFP news release: http://www.amtrak.com/ccurl/170/354/...ATK-13-116.pdf
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Old October 10th, 2013, 02:13 AM   #194
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Penn's new Nanotech Center

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Old October 12th, 2013, 02:58 AM   #195
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Old November 3rd, 2013, 09:37 AM   #196
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Cira Centre South's Final Tower Revealed



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News broke yesterday that the long-anticipated third and final tower of the Cira Centre South complex is officially on the way. The new FMC Tower will top out at 650 feet (25 feet taller than the G. Fred DiBona Jr. Building at 19th & Market), a very nice addition to the rapidly developing western part of the skyline. Since we're all hungry for a glimpse of the new skyline, Curbed put together all the project renderings we could find, including originals from 2007.

The building's design has been modified a few times, with the current plan closely resembling the original renderings that were released in 2007. The blocky design from 2011 is thankfully nowhere to be seen.

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FMC Tower Facts:

· 47 stories, 650 feet tall

· 830,000 SF of total rentable space, including 575,000 SF of office space, 235,000 SF of luxury residential space, and 10,000 SF of retail

· Currently 61 percent pre-leased (253,000 SF to FMC and 100,000 SF to University of Pennsylvania)

· Includes Cira Green, a one-acre park atop the existing parking garage, connected by a skybridge to FMC Tower

· Design by Pelli Clarke Pelli and BLT Architects

· Total project cost: $341 million






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Old November 4th, 2013, 04:30 AM   #197
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Drexel plans 24-story, $170M tower at 34 & Lancaster



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Drexel University plans a groundbreaking tomorrow for a new $170 million, 24-story, 580,000 sq ft building that will house 1,300 students and 11 stores, at 34th St. and Lancaster Ave. Drexel is joining developer American Campus Communities on the project; that company is also building the Chestnut Square high-rise at 32nd and Chestnut a short walk away. American Campus will manage the Lancaster Ave. building, Drexel will lease it and eventually own the building. Drexel says the project will create around 850 construction jobs.

In a statement, Drexel President John Fry called it the biggest building the school has built -- and the biggest for American Campus, which builds student housing around the U.S.. Solomon Cordwell Buenz Architects designed the building, Hunter Roberts Construction Group will build it, completion scheduled for fall 2015.

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Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/i...L1QL2hqK9Td.99
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South Star Lofts Moving Along:


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Historically Designated Brownstones To Be Demolished, Replaced By Apartment Tower


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Demolition work is imminent on the former parish house of the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral at 38th and Chestnut Streets. Two brownstone row houses will be cleared for the construction of an apartment tower that the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania will use to generate the necessary funds to restore its cathedral. A four-story apartment building on Chestnut is also being razed as part of the development.

The brownstones are listed on the City’s Register of Historic Places, but were approved for demolition by the Historical Commission in 2012 after determining that allowing the tower to be built to ensure repairs to the cathedral–also known as the Church of the Saviour–was “necessary in the public interest.”

The public interest provision–one of two exceptions that allow demolition of historic properties–has been cited just seven times since the City adopted its present rules and regulations in 1985. Yet unlike the financial hardship clause, which has been cited much more often, “necessary in the public interest” is just that–five words long, with no elaboration on what may constitute the public interest or its necessity.

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The Episcopal Diocese plans to restore its cathedral in three phases. Following immediate repairs to the bell tower, it plans to repoint the entire cathedral and repair its stone ornamentation over the next five years. The third, long-term phase will include restoring the stained-glass windows, replacing the roof, and repairing moisture damage.

The church was originally built in 1855 and designed by Samuel Sloan. It was altered into its present Romanesque design by Charles M. Burns in 1889 and rebuilt after a devastating fire in 1902.

The row house at 3725 Chestnut was erected in the mid-19th century and refaced during the reconstruction of the church, at which time 3723 Chestnut was also built, according to Historical Commission records.

The 25-story tower, whose units will be marketed to graduate students, is slated for completion in summer 2015. The project will also include a childcare facility and the Diocese’s administrative offices, which are estimated to be completed by summer and fall 2014, respectively.

These historic brownstones will be demolished for new 25 story tower.


Only the Episcopal Cathedral will survive the wrecking ball.
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