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Old August 16th, 2012, 06:17 AM   #61
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Pier 34 & 35 Development



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Last Thursday Ensemble Real Estate, the developer who plans to build several new residential projects on the Central Delaware, presented updated plans for an apartment building on Piers 24 and 35 to the Central Delaware Advocacy Group. The developers have made some modifications by removing the loading dock from street view, and the portion of the building fronting Columbus Blvd. has been brought down to 100 feet to fit the Master Plan, with an additional 180- foot structure set back from the street surpassing the 100 foot limit. This still leaves waterfront advocates questioning the public benefit the project will offer. All that was offered was an 8-foot wide promenade leading to the river, which isn't much of a public amenity.


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Old August 16th, 2012, 06:18 AM   #62
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New Office Tower To Rise On Market St.


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The University City Science Center, a consortium of Penn, Drexel and other institutions that's a major office and lab landlord along Market and Chestnut Streets west of the Schuylkill, says it's ready to start work in September (finishing in mid-2014) on its new 11-story tower at 3737 Market Street (NE corner 38th & Market, corrected) in West Philadelphia, in a joint venture with developer James R. Berens' Baltimore-based firm, Wexford Science & Technology. [renders are for a previously proposed 16 story tower]


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The 273,000 sq ft building's major tenant will be nearby Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, which will fill at least 156,000 sq ft with orthopedic and outpatient offices. There's also room for stores, offices and labs. UCSC and Wexford say they also hope to lure some start-up firms to the other 88,000 sq ft.

The partners plan to spend more than $15 million on the project. They plan to put the contracting work out to bid, UCSC chief executive Stephen Tang told me. Philadelphia's Intech led construction of 3711 Market next door in 2008-10.

Tang says start-up space in that building filled quickly, with small companies including Integral Molecular and Eli Lilly & Co.'s Avid Radiopharmaceuticals unit. He said 30 smaller firms now share UCSC "incubator" space, and he expects some will be ready to move into their own new building "in two to three years."

UCSC had proposed a higher-rising "gateway" project for the neighborhood before the 2008 economic slowdown. The lot south of Market and west of 38th remains available; it is "the jewel in the crown" and would support a higher tower, UCSC chief executive Stephen Tang told me. "This is one of the few intersections in University City -- or Center City -- that has two lanes of traffic going in both directions; it is a very desirable location."
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Old August 18th, 2012, 11:18 AM   #63
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Olde Kensington Umbrella Factory To Get The Loft Treatment



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The 178,000 sqft abandoned Umbrella Factory located on the corner of 5th St. and Master St. in Olde Kensington will soon be converted into 142 residential loft style condominiums and 2 commercial spaces. The units will also be suitable for conversion to assisted-living, student housing, or subsidized/artist housing.



The eight-story skeleton of brick and empty windows has sat vacant for more than 20 years. However, with $25 million in private investment, the building will soon be transformed into luxury condos, off-street parking and boutique shops.
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Old August 25th, 2012, 11:33 PM   #64
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Sasaki’s design integrates new and existing buildings in an effort to increase visual connection to surrounding community

The Drexel campus straddles both sides of Market Street in Philadelphia’s University City section. Sasaki Associates' addition to the Daskalasis Athletic Center (DAC), a 1960s-era athletic complex, accomplishes several institutional and programmatic goals. It increases the university’s visual presence along Market Street, integrates existing and new buildings into a unified complex, and groups all of the recreation facilities into a new building wing. Respecting that the DAC is surrounded by one of Drexel’s few outdoor landscape spaces, the design also maximizes preservation of the site’s open space.

The new building wraps around two sides of the DAC building, providing a new urban presence along Market Street. The main façade is treated as a large glazed screen with meandering folds shaded by the extension of the building’s floors. The folded enclosure provides alcoves along the exercise areas, where active users and equipment add a sense of colour and movement to the streetscape. The glazed skin is also the result of extensive energy studies.

The design is expected to reduce cooling loads by 50% on the south façade and 30% on the east. The building addition incorporates a major pedestrian artery, creating a walkway through the building linking two key areas of the campus. This newly created passageway renders existing and new programmes as a focal point for students, visitors, faculty and staff crossing the campus at this location.

The building’s largest component, an indoor gymnasium and jogging track, is placed on the upper portion of the site, opening up directly to the preserved green. The gym space, surrounded by open balconies, allows all activities spaces to be communicated visually. Ample fenestration around the gym provides day-lighting and visibility from inside and out, relating the interior space of the gym with the adjacent soft flooring plaza, used for outdoor group exercise.

The plaza conceals a rainwater harvesting system that collects water from 50% of the existing DAC and 70% of the new structure into an underground cistern. Collected rain water is used for toilet flushing to reduce potable water demand. At street level, the building interacts with the passing urban scene. Paving patterns echo the angular folds of the building, a café is placed among trees preserved and integrated into the design, and a restaurant engages the larger community as well as students. A previously nondescript corner is brought to life through the combination of a landscaped plaza and the center’s climbing wall framed in glass - a further outward expression of a building housing dynamic activities.

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Old September 6th, 2012, 01:22 AM   #65
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205 Race St Back In The Game


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Developer Jeffrey Brown revisits a proposal he once had high hopes for years ago before development across the city came to a halt. Brown is once again hoping to transform the vacant lot he owns at 205 Race Street into a 16-story, 128-unit apartment building with commercial uses on the ground floor.

Last Tuesday the project was presented to the Old City Civic Association, where it was voted on and rejected 11-to-1. The site is located in a C-3 zoning district which has strict restriction on height and building width. The portion of the project that fronts on Race Street would be 5 stories and 60 feet high, up from 52 feet in the previous plan. A residential tower, to be set back 14.5 feet from Race along the Ben Franklin Bridge, would be 197.5 feet high, up from 178 feet in the previous plan. The first floor would be dedicated to commercial uses, and the developer hopes to bring in a big client, like a supermarket to fill a large retail space.


Past proposal

The proposal exceeds the 65-foot height cap and the 70-foot width cap contained in Old City's overlay. It also violates the 450% maximum gross floor area of the C-3 district, with a proposed total area of 695 percent of the lot. Officials feel that the current proposal is an overbuild and blatant disregard to the support it received on its past proposal considering its violations then, with a current proposal that pushes the envelope even more further violating district restrictions.

The proposal also includes plans for 34 interior parking spots, accessible via Florist Street, which runs parallel to the Bridge. This does not meet the minimum of 90 spaces (7 per 10 units) required under the old zoning code, nor would it meet the 38-space minimum requirement of the new code (3 spaces per 10 units). If the ZBA grants the zoning relief requested, construction would likely begin in the first quarter of 2013.

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Old September 6th, 2012, 01:28 AM   #66
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The old World Trade Square Proposal site may finally see life in what seems to be the start of a new era in the development of Philadelphia's Delaware Waterfront. Since the adoption of the Delaware master plan overlay, and just recently the installment of the new city wide zoning code, we have seen an increase in proposed development projects along the river, many are revised versions of projects we've seen in the early years of the last decade.


Old World Trade Square concept

Todays featured project is located at 400 N. Columbus blvd. Developer Waterfront Renaissance Associates plans to build a 1,458-unit, four-tower residential and retail complex at the corner of Columbus Boulevard and Spring Garden Street, at the same location WRA had planned to construct World Trade Square.

The tallest two of the four towers of Renaissance Plaza would rise 426 feet, the other two 227 feet. The shorter towers would be more than double the 100-foot height limit established in the Central delaware Waterfront Master Plan. This has raised red flags for a few concerned board members of DRWC. The shorter towers would be more than double the 100-foot height limit established in the Master Plan. However, the Philadelphia City Planning Commission, which must approve plans of development for projects within the Central Delaware, has the power to grant exceptions to the height limits.



The proposal for the 5.29 acres site includes more than 90,000 square feet of retail space. The developments also plans for public open space and green areas that all Philadelphians- complex residents or not- can use. The project would be built to the highest LEED standard attainable, and include a green roof with swimming pools.

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Old September 25th, 2012, 05:23 AM   #67
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Morgan Hall progress:

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Old October 8th, 2012, 10:01 AM   #68
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1213 Walnut Back On Again With height Reduction


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Comeback of long-stalled project shows resurgence of luxury rental market in Center City.
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Old October 9th, 2012, 10:19 AM   #69
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3737 Market St. Tower



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Penn presbyterian Medical Center will be the future anchor tenant of another addition to the Science Center in University City. The institution will occupy 155,700 square feet of space, allowing construction of the tower to proceed, filling in the abundance of parking lot space that dots the district. Penn Presbyterian will located orthopedics and outpatient services in the building. The remaining 88,000 square feet in the tower will be controlled by the Science Center and its joint venture partner, Wexford Science & Technology, and private Baltimore based real estate investment firm.



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Old October 12th, 2012, 07:50 AM   #70
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Paine's Park Breaks Ground Oct. 12


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Tomorrow is the groundbreaking, at long last, for Paine's Park, the multifaceted skatepark plaza near the Art Museum. The park project is the result of a remarkable collaboration between the grassroots skating community and the highest levels of city government (and everyone in between), demonstrating that skateboarding issues don't have to be governed by an us-vs.-them dynamic. While the park, designed by Anthony Bracali and Brian Nugent, won't be only for skating, skateboarders will take priority. It's hard to imagine—sitting outdoors at a public space, watching skaters do their thing, and not anticipating the arrival of the cops to kick them out.
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Old October 18th, 2012, 11:08 AM   #71
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Old October 23rd, 2012, 03:37 AM   #72
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Ground Breaks Today for Navy Yard's First Hotel


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Ground breaking news! (See what we did there?) Works begins today for the Philadelphia Navy Yard's first hotel, a Courtyard by Marriott. The Philadelphia Navy Yard will unveil its first hotel in late 2013, as construction for a $34 million Courtyard by Marriott begins today.

In addition to 172 guest rooms, the five story, 99,000-square-foot hotel will boast a restaurant, lounge, fitness center, and 2,000 square feet of meeting space. To be located at Rouse Boulevard and Intrepid Avenue, the energy-efficient hotel is said to be seeking LEED certification. Development is by Ensemble Hotel Partners LLC and Liberty Property Trust/ Synterra LP; Erdy McHenry Architecture is behind the modern design.
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Paseo Verde Set For Spring Opening



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Temple News discusses Paseo Verde, a LEED Platinum transit-oriented residential complex at 9th & Berks Streets sponsored by the Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha. Planners hope to connect low-income residents with job training and opportunities, as well as bridging the divide that the Regional Rail tracks help perpetuate. “[The development] is convenient for a variety of people, and is a perfect location to allow for communities to interact,” said project manager Joanna Cuevas. Construction is expected to be finished in the spring.

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Could Renaissance Plaza Come To The Delaware Waterfront?



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Down on the waterfront, there’s a comprehensive Plan for the Central Delaware that envisions short- and long-term development along our urban riverbed. Among its various profferings is a 100-foot height limit on new structures. But nowhere in the current plans for a four-tower 1458-unit mixed use residential and retail development, known as Renaissance Plaza, being presented by developers Waterfront Renaissance Associates is that limit abided.

The project would occupy a 5.29 acre site located at 400 N. Columbus Blvd., at the intersection of Spring Garden and Columbus formerly slated to be the World Trade Plaza, according to PlanPhilly. Plans call for two 426 feet towers and two 227 feet towers.

But right now developers are only circling among various civic groups and city agencies to present their current plants in order to compile community input, so that they can in turn make adjustments, according to Joe Schiavo, vice chair of the Old City Civic Association (OCCA). Developers appeared before the OCCA’s developments committee last month after previously coming before the Central Delaware Advocacy Group and the Planning Commission.

Height is one major issue that’s been raised by groups across the board. The Plan for the Central Delaware is based on a concept that favors distribution over density. It’s rooted in the idea that by limiting the height of new structures, distribution is forced because law forbids developers from creating one large tower where basically the first developer in dominates the area. Instead of one tall building, you get four or five smaller ones.

As such, height is one of the major issues to be addressed in a letter currently being drafted by OCCA members about the project, which will then go along to the Planning Commission, the group responsible for approving (or not) said plans.

Schiavo said his group looks at the concepts of the project and how it might impact the area, as opposed to liking or disliking plans.


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Blatstein Unveils Casino Plan


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Developer Bart Blatstein, who transformed Northern Liberties, owns the former Inquirer/Daily News building at 400 N. Broad. Tonight was the unveiling for his proposed entertainment complex, which includes a 120,000 square-foot casino. He may not have the gaming license yet, but given the attendance and the level of detail proffered, it felt very much like City Hall believes it's going to pan out.

Name: The Provence

Operator: Hard Rock International
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· 120,000-square-foot casino
· 125-room hotel
· Rooftop shopping/dining village
· Theater
· Private swim club
· Nightclub
· Comedy club
· Jazz club
· Spa and fitness center
· Meeting/event space
· 60-foot botanical garden
· 60,000 square feet of "upscale shops"
· Restaurants
· Two indoor parking garages







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Old October 26th, 2012, 02:47 AM   #77
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Drexel University LeBow College Of Business Progressing:





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Divine Lorraine Developer Freaks Out Neighbors With Preliminary Map



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North Broad developer Eric Blumenfeld has some rather grandiose plans for the Divine Lorraine Hotel, but nearby residents are worried that the developer's vision is a little too broad—literally.

A preliminary map of Blumenfeld's development shows the scope of his proposal, and it's right on top of some currently occupied homes, which has thoroughly freaked out Blumenfeld's soon-to-be neighbors.

NewsWorks spoke with residents who, in theory, would be "developed over" if Blumenfeld goes ahead with what he calls his "dream plan." One of them, Susan Cranshaw, currently lives where Blumenfeld's Shared Visual Arts Complex would be. She told reporter Elizabeth Fiedler: "When I saw that my house was obliterated—that I was not expecting at all and that was quite a shock."

Blumenfeld claims this initial map is just a first try: "...when you use your imagination you kind of don't live with real barriers. You just pretend you have total access to everything. And then it has to get refined. So neighborhood and community development is a process."
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Oct. 31: 2116 Chestnut site comes through Sandy just fine:


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New N. Broad Tower To Rise Over Temple U. Area



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Penn and Drexel continue to transform University City and Temple might be finally catching up with its long forgotten North Philadelphia, where its skyline is beginning to resemble something of a skyline.

What's even more exciting are the development proposals at key North Broad intersections finally becoming reality. The State Office Building is being converted into luxury apartments at Spring Garden and a casino has been proposed for the neighboring Inquirer Building at Callowhill.

Even the Divine Lorraine and the Metropolitan Opera House near Fairmount may soon see new life. As projects inch their way north on Broad Street, we could soon forget that Temple University isn't so far from Center City.

Piatt Associates proposed Cromwell Tower designed by Agoos Lovera would stand 30 stories in the heart of Temple's North Broad campus, further defining North Broad's skyline, and with continuing North Broad improvements, help eliminate the street's detached relationship with Center City.
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