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Old December 13th, 2011, 11:20 PM   #21
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Great to see all this redevelopments! I think Philly has some of the most potential of any city on Earth. It's got rich history, an educated populace, an amazingly good ivy league school, huge corporate presence in the area, lies right between NYC and DC, has wildly successful sports teams, a beautiful skyline, and it lies in between 2 rivers! And somehow the city is lackluster, I think with the right focus though, Philly can truly redevelop itself into a globally relevant city of the future.
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$60M entertainment district unveiled



By Suzette Parmley

INQUIRER STAFF WRITER


Standing before a giant red banner with the words, "Xfinity LIVE!," executives at Comcast-Spectacor and Cordish Cos. on Thursday unveiled a sports-themed entertainment and dining district at the site of the old Spectrum.

The first phase of the complex, at a cost of approximately $60 million, will feature about a dozen restaurants - including Chickie's and Pete's, Victory Brewing Co., Nick's Roast Beef and the Original Philadelphia Cheesesteak Co., and bars with stages for live bands. About 20,000 parking spaces will be available for patrons of Xfinity LIVE! at the stadium complex in South Philadelphia.

The developers intend for the complex to become a destination venue on its own, beyond the patrons that would gather before and after sports events.

"This is the first phase of a phenomenal development," said Comcast-Spectacor chairman Ed Snider, standing on a raised stage. "I can't wait for it to open in a little more than three months. We're confident it will be a tremendous success."

Xfinity LIVE! will open its doors April 5, to coincide with the NHL playoffs and also the start of the Phillies season, according to those involved in its construction.

Among its offerings: An Xfinity On Demand Theater, an outdoor viewing experience that will feature everything from games to family movies; the NBC Sports Arena, featuring a high-tech 32-foot diagonal screen; the NBC Sports Field, which will play host to outdoor activities and sports leagues, and something termed the NBC Sports Game Experience, driven by video games and taking place in the Broad Street Bullies Pub.

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Old December 16th, 2011, 01:13 AM   #23
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any information on the childrens hospital expansion plans?

supposed to be massive. $2bn over 5 years
Caught this rendering of CHOP's South Campus extension on Mark Chen's website:


http://www.mchen-arch.com/projects/0...pital/001.html

It looks preliminary and I've seen other variations so FWIW...
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Old January 6th, 2012, 11:22 AM   #24
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Family Court Building Pushes On


14 floors...or 15?

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The new Family Court Building would come as a welcome addition to Philadelphia's government institutions by many who work in and use the facility, but a few sour neighbors think different. There is always someone to protest progress and change, even if there are no immediate threats to the environment, neighborhood, or patrons themselves. Some times these concerns consider the rights of neighboring citizens and way of life and at other protecting history and tradition, but in the case of the family court building, it is neither.

The new structure will take the place of a eye souring parking lot at 15th and Arch Streets, which has stood unbuilt for decades, and will only tower 14 stories above street level with 3 levels of underground parking. Sponsors recently approached the Art Commission for a variance that will allow a 15th floor to be added. The board was met by two protesters from the neighboring art deco Metropolitan apartment building, siting concerns of setback regulations and zoning, stating he had concerns about the new structure interfering with site lines, views and daylighting of his property. The Art Commission has table the discussion for further review.

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Old January 6th, 2012, 11:24 AM   #25
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GlaxoSmithkline Moves To Navy Yard



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Liberty property Trust and Synterra Partners create the workplace of the future at five Crescent Drive, at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. GSK has signed a 15.5 year lease for the new building. The 205,000 square-foot, four story facility design by Robert A.M. Stern Architects will be designed to achieve LEED Platinum certification. The project represents a $81 million investment by Liberty. GSK plans to relocate all employes currently based in center city to the new location between fourth quarter 2012 and first quarter 2013, immediately after completion.
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Old January 6th, 2012, 11:30 AM   #26
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1900 Arch apartment building to add 236 units to Center City: http://phillyshark.blogspot.com/2011...to-center.html





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As reported about a month ago the fourteen story, mixed use building designed by Varenhorst Architects, will have 236 apartments, a restaurant, additional commercial and retail space, 131 underground parking spaces, and 79 bicycle parking spaces. the building is certainly ready for the eco-friendly city dweller, two blocks from major public transit, a grocery store, retail and entertainment.
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Old January 6th, 2012, 11:36 AM   #27
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2040 Market Gets New Lease On Life


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The former AAA mid-Atlantic headquarters is finally getting second chance, and staking a place in the 21st Century. Ushering in new life to the often barren West Market Street, 8 additional floors will be added to the original 2040 Market building, bringing it to 13 floors. Two additional 13 story wings will be added to the back of the building, along Ludlow Street.

Designed by Steven Varenhorst Architects, the building will have 275 high-end rental apartments, 32 of which will be two bedroom apartments, at the request of Center City Residents Association, increasing the size of the building from 120,000 square feet to 300,000 square feet. The facade of the original building will be clad with panels that will create bunches of windows, rather than the seamless ribbon of windows it currently has. All parking will be underground, some of it within the existing building and some under the new additions. There will be two entrances to the parking, one on Ludlow and the other unfortunately on Market.






Not a skyscraper but a welcome boost to density in Center City's western flank.
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Old February 8th, 2012, 08:05 PM   #28
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Dilworth Plaza: the Jardin de Luxembourg of the East Coast

Below we present Curbed-relevant excerpts from the mayor's state-of-the-city address to the Chamber of Commerce.



"Improving Philadelphia’s built environment will remain a top priority in my second term."

Dilworth Plaza will: "rival the parks of Paris, London and Rome."

Philadelphia is and will be:


· cleaner, healthier, safer, smarter
· a city of ideas, where ingenuity is celebrated
· world-class
· on the move
· a critical member of the global marketplace
· livable
· global
· international
· increasingly competitive
· progressive
· great
· educted
· sustainable
· green

Waterfront news:

"On the Delaware Waterfront, we opened the Race Street Pier and Connector and will complete the trail network, from Pennsport to Tacony. On the Schuylkill, the trail is extending below South Street. Soon Philadelphia will boast the two best waterfronts in the nation."

Neighborhood-specific progress:

· There has been revitalization of Woodland Avenue, El Centro De Oro and Girard Avenue East.

· Baltimore Avenue has the City’s first pop-up park in front of the Green Line Café.

· Bustleton and Castor Avenues have thriving Russian and Brazilian immigrant businesses.

· Market Street West between 46th and 63rd streets is a prime corridor for growth and development, right under the newly renovated El.

· We hope to redevelop the Reading Viaduct with the Center City District in the Callowhill/ North Chinatown neighborhood—our own “High Line Philly”.

· Xfinity Live will be opening in March in the Sports Complex area.

Market Street East and North Broad Street (two of Philadelphia's "great boulevards"):

"On Market Street East ... we are focused on working with businesses and retailers to make a cleaner, safer, more enjoyable experience for everyone and to stop the code violations and behavioral problems that currently hold this area back.

"I am committed to returning Market East to its former glory, creating a walkable boulevard from City Hall to the river—a connector from our city’s historic heart to the central business district and cultural corridors.

"Families finished visiting the sites on Independence Mall will walk to 13th Street’s Midtown Village or Rittenhouse Square for dinner, or even stroll all the way down the Ben Franklin Parkway to the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Barnes Museum, which will soon make Philadelphia the art capital of the world."

Proof of North Broad Street renewal:

The expanded Convention Center;
The creation of Lenfest Plaza at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts;
The construction of the Pennsylvania Ballet’s new studios;
The dining destinations of Osteria, Route 6, Alla Spina and Via;
The impending redevelopment of the Inquirer building; and
Temple University’s investment of $200 million to help revitalize this street.

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Old March 3rd, 2012, 09:07 AM   #29
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Post Brothers Apartment Building at 12th and Vine



The 10 story abandoned building at 12th and Vine is getting a new LEED on life with bright future as a 163 unit apartment building, 7,000 square feet of retail space, LEED-certification, rooftop pool and "dog socializing area".

The building was purchased by Post Brothers Apartments last year and due to be fully transformed sometime this upcoming Fall. The building will be wrapped in a brand-knew metal skin and vegetated biowalls, that will not only give it a modern aesthetic, but will also add to its energy efficiency.
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Old March 3rd, 2012, 09:08 AM   #30
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Three new Center City high rise plans

Thursday, March 1, 2012


2116 Chestnut

1) Financing for 2116 Chestnut St.: Chicago investor John A. Buck and the union-backed Indure Fund held a groundbreaking Thursday and said they've each invested $20 million in their planned $100 million 319-unit apartment tower (plus shops and a parking garage).

Banks led by JPMorgan Chase & Co. are lending Buck and Indure the other $60 million, and Pennsylvania taxpayers will be giving them $10 million when the job is done, in a move approved by Govs. Tom Corbett and his predecessor, Ed Rendell.

Buck, who founded John A. Buck Co. in 1981 and holds a Wharton MBA, said it's his first development in Philadelphia, and he thanked political leaders for sweetening the deal. He added, "I love Philadelphia. It's good to be back here. Philadelphia has more of a residential and warm feeling to it than our great city" of Chicago.

"We've been looking for a Philadelphia project with John Buck Co. for years; there was never anything that made sense before," Jeffrey J. Kanne, preisdent of Indure's advisory firm, told me. The project's backers say up to 800 workers will be active on the job site between now and its scheduled 2013 completion.

Indure is funded by the pension plan for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the National Electrical Contractors' Association.


The Girard Block proposal from 2009

2) Indure is also looking for government help for a propsal to redevelop the Girard Block, between 11th and 12th, Market and Chestnut streets, according to Kanne and Peter Soens, a partner in the group that agreed to develop the block after buying rights from the city-run Girard Trust.

Soens and Indure have big plans for the Girard block: They want to lure a Target-style discount or Giant-style grocery store, a hotel, and an apartment developer to that location. But "that depends on getting money" from the city or another government entity, Kanne told me.

Mayor Nutter, city councilemembers Kenyatta Johnson and Bobby Henon, and state economic development officials were also on hand. John Dougherty, president of Philadelphia's IBEW Local 98, noted his union had been active in convincing Indure to use union electricians' pension funds to back both the 2116 and the Girard projects, creating "good jobs, with good wages, and benefits."


Vacant lot at 20th and Market

3) J. Tmothy Duffy of Michael Salove Co. tells me he and his group are seeking tenants (corrected) for yet another Center City apartments and retail project, on Brandywine Realty Trust's grass-covered block on the north side of 20th and Market next to Independence Blue Cross. Independence is a likely participant. Officials there tell me it's too early to talk about plans.

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Glaxo-Iroko Headquarters rising at the Navy Yards


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Old March 14th, 2012, 01:01 AM   #32
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Central Delaware Master Plan is Adopted!
3/09/2012






Many have been waiting and anticipating the day a future is secured for Philadelphia's Premier Waterfront and it finally came. The Philadelphia City Planning Commission unanimously adopted the Master Plan for the Central Delaware Waterfront in its entirety, Tuesday afternoon. The new roadmap for the future of the waterfront is an ambitious plan, but very realistic. The plan aims to reunite the city and the waterfront with a system of linked parks and extended city streets. The Central Delaware Plan is now part of the city's comprehensive plan. It must be considered by by any city governing body when making a waterfront decision.

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Old March 14th, 2012, 01:11 AM   #33
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Thank goodness! The waterfront deserves so much more than the shit that's there right now. Looks amazing! Philadelphia is about to snap and hit a new stride I think.
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Thank goodness! The waterfront deserves so much more than the shit that's there right now. Looks amazing! Philadelphia is about to snap and hit a new stride I think.
It's sad that the Delaware River lost so much industry but now the city is reconnecting to a prime natural asset so just like NYC, Philly is beginning to transform itself into a true destination. They are even working to create a 'High Line' park of their own!
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It's sad that the Delaware River lost so much industry but now the city is reconnecting to a prime natural asset so just like NYC, Philly is beginning to transform itself into a true destination. They are even working to create a 'High Line' park of their own!
Great to hear! I love Philly, and I think if transformed, it could become absolutely amazing. It's got arguably more pre-revolutionary history than any other city in the US. There's so much potential, I think if the city is able to clean up it will become more of a tourist destination that it already is. It's proximity to NYC and Washington DC without the cost of either is also a draw.
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The Provident Mutual Life Insurance Building Set To Be Reconfigured As Headquarters For Philadelphia Police, Health Dept. Medical Examiner


http://philly.curbed.com/archives/20...it-will-be.php

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The Provident Mutual Life Insurance Building (PMLIB) at 46th and Market is set to be reconfigured as a headquarters for the Philadelphia Police Department, the Health Dept. and the morgue. In other words, a building for the kind of crappy times in life—getting busted, getting sick, getting dead. The building itself, though, is far from crappy, as Curbed staff photographer Laura Kicey proves with this gallery of exterior photos. We especially like the ship atop the clock tower as a metaphor for passing from one life stage to the next. We hope the ship is retained.
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High Line knock-off...?
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High Line knock-off...?
One of several in the works: Queens, Philadelphia, Jersey City and others are all planning parks along old elevated rail lines. Considering the billions in investments spawned by the High Line, a lot of cities are finding this kind of development irresistable.

-Copycats even include the Tappan Zee Bridge! http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/05/ny...o-reality.html
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