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Old February 25th, 2014, 02:56 AM   #241
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New CHOP Tower Renderings Just Released



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The first phase of the Childrens' Hospital of Philadelphia's massive addition to the banks of the Schuylkill River has recieved both praise and negative feedback. Of particular interest to neighbors of the hypothetical new tower is the layout of the proposed park that will accompany CHOP's new tower, which Inga Saffron panned in her initial read on the site plans as "more of a landscaped entrance than a real park". New renderings came out today, and they give a clearer view of what the park will look like.








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Old February 26th, 2014, 10:33 PM   #242
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Old February 27th, 2014, 01:31 AM   #243
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Drexel, Amtrak, Brandywine weigh giant development plans



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Officials at Drexel University, Amtrak, Brandywine Realty Trust and other city and West Philly institutions have been sitting down with developers in recent days to review proposals to build over the tracks at 30th Street Station and link the grandiose proposed Drexel Innovation Neighborhood and its high-rise, Rockefeller Center-like "Superblock" at 33rd and Market -- whose 6.5 milllion sq ft, by itself, would be more than four times larger than the proposed new Comcast office tower -- and other new Drexel-area construction to Center City, highways, the airport, Penn, and, you know, the rest of the world.

“We are in the process of determining and selecting a winning bid. My understanding is we should have that process wrapped up in the next several weeks,” Amtrak spokesman Craig Schulz told me. Amtrak and the other big neighborhood and public institutions asked for developer proposals last fall.

Drexel President John Fry hopes to boost the university's enrollment by nearly one-third in the next seven years, to 34,000, and invite both corporate employers and emerging firms to share the campus. Other private area colleges like St. Joseph's and Villanova are also trying to expand under threat of the declining college-age population in Pennsylvania, whose economy is growing more slowly than the rest of the U.S. Drexel's proposals are extra ambitious.

Brandywine has a big stake: The Radnor-based firm controls five of the 10 largest Center City buildings and is the main class-A office landlord in West Philadelphia, with its current and proposed Cira towers, including the 47-story FMC building scheduled to begin work this year.


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Old February 27th, 2014, 11:18 PM   #244
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Amtrak is Picking a Developer to Build Its Futuristic Sky City



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Remember the proposal to create a platform of development ready land over the 30th Street Station railyards that seemed a little too ambitious to ever come to fruition? Looks like it's not so far-fetched after all. A rep from Amtrak says that they're "in the process of determining and selecting a winning bid. My understanding is we should have that process wrapped up in the next several weeks".

While there's no word yet on specifics, both Drexel University and Brandywine Realty Trust are hoping that whatever the railyard development looks like, it'll help them draw businesses and students to the area and fit with their major upcoming developments. Last June, Drexel commissioned a feasibility study for the railyard cap.

While not quite a Hudson Yards, 6.5 million sq. ft. is nothing to sniff at!
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UPenn Plans Massive 'Pennovation Center' on the Schuylkill



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Yesterday, UPenn revealed its master plan for a new "Pennovation Center" on the university's new South Bank campus, a parcel of 23 acres along the Schuylkill River which used to be the site of a Dupont factory.

The "Pennovation Center" will be a business incubator, with some lab space. Penn's president, Amy Gutman said that the South Bank campus

"will provide cutting-edge facilities and professional services for Penn's community of innovators, researchers, students and entrepreneurs, in order to accelerate the formation of new, University-based business ventures. It puts Penn at the forefront of new business development in the region and creates the potential for transformational change along the banks of the river just south of our campus"



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Old March 5th, 2014, 09:03 PM   #246
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What are the transit options near that? Also, that CHOP tower is huge! They just did a huge expansion and renovation, and are going to expand again. Good for them!
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What are the transit options near that? Also, that CHOP tower is huge! They just did a huge expansion and renovation, and are going to expand again. Good for them!
Buses. SEPTA has a streetcar line not far away but the subway only runs under Market Street well to the north of this site.
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New Museum of the American Revolution


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This massive museum has apparently started already. It will be 118,000 Square Feet, will cost $56 Million or $135.9 Million when factoring in everything, and is designed by Robert A.M. Stern, who has designed several buildings in New York City of very high quality. Once completed, it will provide 577 jobs!
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River Walk renderings offer tantalizing vision for Schuylkill River



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NP International wants to add another 40 floors to the Schuylkill River next to PECO's headquarters on JFK.

The tallest component in the three tower complex would bring street life to an abysmal stretch of JFK leading to 30th Street Station while two smaller buildings would embrace the Schuylkill Banks.
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A “Glass Needle” Proposed By Independence Hall



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◾Overlooking Independence Square at 5th & Walnut, developer Tom Scannapieco plans to construct a $150 million, 26-story “glass-needle” condominium tower, reports The Inquirer. Being so close to the National Historical Park, the tower’s design—from Philadelphia architect Cecil Baker—must not interfere with one’s view towards Independence Hall from the Liberty Bell Center. Scannapieco, the developer behind the luxury 1706 Rittenhouse Square Street condos, is apparently aiming for “ultra-luxury” this time around. The market for units in the $10 million range is far from tapped, says Center City realtor Joanne Davidow, adding that she wouldn’t be surprised ‘if 500 Walnut sold out before the foundation was dug.’
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Old April 3rd, 2014, 01:12 PM   #252
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Details Revealed for Comcast Innovation & Technology Center



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The Philadelphia City Planning Commission held a Civic Design Review for the much-hyped Comcast Innovation & Technology Center last Monday and here's the breakdown on everything from square footage to bike racks, along with some juicy new renderings and details.

The new Norman Foster-designed tower at 18th & Arch has been fast-tracked for approval and it looks like shovels will be hitting the dirt this summer. Standing tall at 1,121 feet, the CITC will certainly transform the skyline, but how will it transform its immediate footprint? Here's what we've got so far:

· 59 floors, 1,121 ft
· 1,321,921 square feet of office space
· 242,680 square feet of hotel space (222 rooms over 12 floors)
· 3,483 square feet of retail space
· LEED Gold or Platinum (anticipated)
· 126-foot glass blade at top
· Concourse connection to Comcast Center and Suburban Station
· 47 total bike racks on Arch Street/Cuthbert Street
· Ground floor bike shower/changing room
· 21 total outdoor benches
· 20% water use reduction
· 3-story office skygardens
· 70 underground parking spaces
· Open to the public from at least 8AM-9PM daily

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Old April 4th, 2014, 11:15 AM   #253
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Robert AM Stern's American Revolution Museum Wins Arts Commission Approval And Many Are Unhappy



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Well, there you have it, folks. The Museum of the American Revolution (MAR) has a “terrific” new design—just ask The Inquirer’s Maria Panaritis. In her story in today’s paper, she dusts off her hands and effectively declares “welp, that’s that!”

Panaritis states forthrightly that the design firm “went back to the drawing board after the [Philadelphia Art] commission, during a February meeting, found fault with its renderings, saying it did not feel all architectural components of the planned building fully blended with the surrounding historic district,” and that in response, “Robert A.M. Stern Architects delivered.” (Emphasis ours.) In the next-to-last paragraph she discloses in parentheses that the museum’s main backer is the newspaper’s part-owner Gerry Lenfest, and that fellow part-owner Lewis Katz is a board member at the museum.

But the big takeaway is that the revised MAR received unanimous approval from the Philadelphia Art Commission, the body charged by charter mandate to review architecture and public art to “insure that anything built in the City of Philadelphia is of the highest quality of design possible and that the many individual pieces that make up the physical City fit together to make a strong whole so that the City remains a vital and desirable place to live, do business and visit.”

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CHOP Goes to CDR, Planning Commission Gives Lots of Feedback



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Civic Design Review is a feature of the new zoning code, triggered by large and impactful proposed development projects in Philadelphia. At CDR, a subcommittee of the Planning Commission, representatives from the local RCO, and members of the community have an opportunity to provide feedback to the developer and ask for changes that relate to planning and community opinion. Yesterday, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia presented their Schuylkill Avenue project at CDR. For lots of info on the project, click here: http://www.chop.edu/about/chop-in-th...ylkill-project

For thoughtful critiques of the project, click here: http://articles.philly.com/2014-03-2...ospital-campus and here: http://thisoldcity.com/critique/what...-make-it-right
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Plan Presented for Ben Franklin Bridge Apartment Complex



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PMC Property Group presented their most recent plans for the One Water Street project yesterday to the members of the Civic Design Review committee (CDR). The 250 unit apartment complex situated along the Ben Franklin Bridge at Columbus Boulevard and Vine Street is hailed as "the first major by-right project to be proposed while the [Central Delaware Zoning] overlay is in place." It wasn't all smooth sailing, however, the committee did have some suggestions for the developers to take into consideration before they present the project again. Finally, a development along the Delaware River waterfront that isn't stirring up tons of controversy.

As for the suggestions, they mainly focus on the two public green spaces are included in the plans. They make up roughly 20% of the site and the folks at the CDR wants to know how exactly these two large spaces, which developers added in exchange for height bonuses in order to build up to 170 feet, will interact with the neighboring area. The last two suggestions call for high-quality materials and more sustainable elements in order to gain higher LEED certification which, as PlanPhilly notes, currently sits at base level.





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Update: Cira Centre South's Final Tower Breaks Ground



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The new FMC Tower officially broke ground last week in University City in a ceremony that included Mayor Michael Nutter and a fireworks display. The tower at 30th and Walnut is going to be a little different than the one we reported about last November, and by that we mean larger: 861,000 square feet in total with 49 floors of offices, retail space, leisure areas, and luxury apartments and suits.

Jerry Sweeney, CEO of Brandywine Realty Trust, dubbed it the city's first "vertical neighborhood."
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