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Old December 18th, 2012, 06:39 AM   #81
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Family Court Building Finally Starting To Rise



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In what seems like the longest timetable on any construction project in Center City, the new Philadelphia Family Court Building at 1501 Arch Street is finally starting to show real signs of progress. Once complete, the building will reach 265 feet, with 15 floors of office space and 4 stories of underground parking. As the images show, the building is now up to the 4th floor and the sheer size of this building is quickly becoming obvious.


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2116 Chestnut coming along nicely:

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Old December 18th, 2012, 06:42 AM   #83
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The Klein Company of Philadelphia has proposed a residential development at 1601 Vine Street, Logan Place, next door to the new Mormon Temple which is preparing to begin construction.

The residential tower, designed by BLTa, would be 26 stories, have 230 apartments, and 25,000 square feet of retail space.
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Old December 18th, 2012, 06:49 AM   #84
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Starwood's 1441 Chestnut Plans Begin To Take Shape


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Once home to Frank Furness's Morris Building, 1441 Chestnut Street has been the site of broken promises since it was demolished following the devastating fire that ultimately destroyed One Meridian Plaza fire across the street from City Hall. Yesterday, a plan was proposed to finally develop the lot.

Previously the site of a Waldorf Astoria proposal, its potential became a dream come true for architecture and skyscraper nerds, myself included. While the city won't earn a Waldord brand, the latest proposal seems promising and equally exciting.

The proposal calls for a $280M hotel, LEED certifications, and fifty stories on the site. In case you're not keeping track, that would make it the fifth tallest building in Philadelphia. In other words, tall.

The building would house two unique Starwoods brands, one possibly a W Hotel. Vine Street Ventures of Dallas plans to develop the property, owned by Brook Lenfest of Philadelphia.
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Old December 18th, 2012, 07:06 AM   #85
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Brown-Hill Making A Splash At 205 Race St.



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Back in 2004, when funky little firms like CREI were using up and coming urban neighborhoods as their architectural playground for experimental and pricy designs, Brown-Hill proposed its own avant-garde condo development for a forlorn bucolic meadow at 2nd and Race.

It didn't happen, but the sign promising the redevelopment of this inexplicably vacant lot remained for years, reminding pedestrians that a small group of idiots with nothing but idle time and the arrogance to dictate their irrational opinions really can make a difference.

At a sensibly scaled 9 to 10 stories and respectful ground floor relationship, it was good design; and adjacent to the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, a noisy interstate, and a high speed rail line, it was a good opportunity to develop an unlikely location for residences. But in the heyday of financial optimism, it wasn't good enough for the Old City Civic Association and they managed to keep their beloved vacant lot vacant for another eight years.

Well Brown-Hill is back and, in the wake of the financial crisis and a more realistic outlook on construction opportunities, hoping that the OCCA has a new outlook of their own.

Brown-Hill's new design keeps the same interaction with the sidewalk that it did in it's 2004 design, but proposes and additional six floors. At 198 feet tall it would be the tallest building in Old City.

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Old January 6th, 2013, 12:56 AM   #86
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UC Science Center plans 27 Story Tower At 36th & Market


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UPDATE with Tang comments/ - The University City Science Center, an office and lab landlord owned by a consortium of Penn, Drexel, CHoP, USP and their neighbors, says it will start work on a 27-story apartment building -- its first housing project in its 50 years -- at 3601 Market Street this fall, in a joint venture with investor Wexford Equities and Southern Land Co.

"It's really about community development, for innovators and entrepreneurs," UCSC President Stephen Tang Ph.D. told me. "It makes sense in the evolution of this comunity. We're a nonprofit, in the business of developing communities. You have to have mixed use on your campus to develop a sense of place and vibrancy beyond 9 to 5. That's been lacking on our campus for some time."


When I asked why the private sector can't supply the need, Tang demurred: "We were deeded the land 50 years ago," and "it's time for the community to be established here as a 24/7 mixed-use kind of project. We want to be seen like Mission Bay in San Francisco or Cambridge in Massachusetts. Communities in their own right, not just analogs," or suburban-style office parks in a city.

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Old January 20th, 2013, 01:23 AM   #87
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The Temple Of Tomorrow



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Brandywine picks Georgia dorm builder for 36-story Philly site: sources



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Brandywine Realty Trust, a Radnor company that is one of Center City's dominant landlords, has asked Campus Crest Communities, a Georgia-based company mostly known for building student housing at suburban and small-town colleges in the South and West, to put up student housing on a site permitted for a 36-story high-rise tower at 2930 Chestnut St. in University City, according to two real estate industry sources familiar with the deal.

Despite Crest's apparent lack of experience on big-city high-rise work, digging started last weekend for foundations for the project, which is part of the Cira 2 complex that Brandywine hoped to build on the block between Chestnut and Walnut streets, 29th and 30th streets, adjoining the Penn campus to the south and Drexel to the north.

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Old February 6th, 2013, 09:54 AM   #89
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“Unapologetically Contemporary” Tower Seeks Architectural Pulse In North Philly


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a strong sign that Philadelphia real estate developers are beginning to find market value in bold design and in creating social spaces, a $100 million 14 story residential “unapologetically contemporary” tower is advancing on 12th Street and East Montgomery Avenue adjacent to Temple University’s campus. The building is part of a multi-phase development by the Goldenberg Group of the block that was home to the Wanamaker Middle School, which closed in 2005. Future phases of the project, potentially starting in 2015, will build out the edges of the remaining two and a half acres of the block to create a strong connection to the street and an open courtyard inside.

“From the beginning of this project, Ken Goldenberg was saying, ‘I won’t build it if it’s not cutting edge’,” said Goldenberg director of development Kevin Trapper. “This project is not just about maximizing real estate but about the transformative nature of development we do. We take this to heart.”

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Old February 8th, 2013, 02:08 PM   #90
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New Details, New Design For Cira Centre South:


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Brandywine Realty Trust, Radnor, put out a statement last night confirming it has joined Georgia-based Campus Crest Communities to build a high-rise student tower at 2930 Chestnut St. on ground leased from the University of Pennsylvania.

The joint venture - 40% owned by investor Harrison Street Real Estate, the rest split by Brandywine and Campus Crest - will rise 33 stories (the site is permitted for 36), sleep 850 students (not counting guests), and cost $158.5 million (with $97.8 million lent by banks led by administrator PNC and syndicator Capital One).

Brandywine expects Drexel students as well as Penn students will live in the tower, dubbed The Grove at Cira Center South (Cira North is the office building by 30th St. Station).
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Old February 9th, 2013, 04:04 AM   #91
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The Granary Progressing Well





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West Market St. Thriving With New Projects


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Good News At South & Broad

After years of squabbling, Southstar Lofts ready to swing into action.



The site: These gardens are ready!


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Market8 does some serious...marketing:



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Yesterday was the big day for developer and President of The Goldenberg Group Ken Goldenberg, who presented the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board with a video detailing the overall plan for the redevelopment of 8th & Market. As it currently sits, the undeveloped surface lot at 8th & Market is the definition of a missed opportunity, with passersby recalling the site's many failed proposals. Most memorable is the failed DisneyQuest amusement park plan from 1998, which would seem incredibly out of place in that location today.



It appears that the new partnership is much more enthusiastic, as Market8 partner David Adelman (who played a major role in the redevelopment of University City), labeled the project as an entertainment center "that happens to have a casino." Certainly a much more lucrative plan for the city than surface parking.

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The Granary Sends Luxury Apartments Aloft:


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Pumping Station Into New Philly Fringe Festival Home


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The transformation of a 1903 riverfront pumping station into the future home of Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe has begun.

The organization best-known for its annual festival began tearing out old pumps and shoring up the brick structure at the corner of Race Street and Columbus Boulevard after hitting a fundraising milestone: 90 percent of the $5.2 million it will take to complete the first phase of construction. Efforts to raise an additional $1.5 million or so are under way, said President and Producing Director Nick Stuccio.

The goal is to have the new 240-seat theater, studio and offices ready for this fall's Fringe Festival (Sept. 6-21). An indoor restaurant and bar, outdoor plaza space and further building restoration will be completed by late spring 2014, he said. This week's big project in the 1,500-foot space: Spraying the ceiling with six inches of material designed to both improve acoustics and provide insulation.

The festival, which brings international, contemporary performance art to a huge number of sometimes unusual places around the city each year, won't change its focus, Stuccio said.

But having a permanent home-base will allow Philadelphia Live Arts and Philly Fringe to become more of a year-round presence in Philadelphia, with regular performances in its new theater, he said. Competition for a slot on the festival roster is fierce he said. More time means more opportunities, especially for local productions and acts, he said. Stuccio sees the possibility of mixed visual and performance arts installations on the waterfront, along the pedestrian and bicycle trail, and even in some of the existing strip-malls.

“A world of possibility opens up,” he said.
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Broad Street Armory To Make Way For Apartments



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Developers are saying the Broad Street Armory is in terrible shape and cannot be saved. After going as far to draft up a design with the structure included, they've now decided to scrap it for an all new building with 50 apartments and a surface parking lot. It would seem the Neighbors Association took to the demo kindly, at least according to the member that wrote.

"All in all there was no real opposition. And in the 25 or so years I've been doing this, I have never seen a meeting with this many people (about 60) and this large a project go this smoothly."

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Cira South Complex Slowly Taking Shape




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The Cira Centre is undoubtedly the tallest building west of the Schuylkill, and the ever-growing University City district is working towards the completion of the first of two potential sister towers, named The Grove at Cira Centre South. Ground was recently broken on The Grove, which will stand 33 stories tall at Chestnut Street between the Schuylkill Expressway and 30th Street. Plans exist for a second larger tower bordering Walnut Street but nothing is set in stone just yet considering the scale of the project.

Funded by Harrison Real Estate Capital (which will own 40%), Brandywine Realty Trust, and Campus Crest Communities Inc. (each of which will own 30%), The Grove will exist solely as residential space and will aim to attract a younger crowd of graduate students and working professionals.

If all goes to plan, we're looking at a tentative completion date of Fall 2014. The tower's design isn't anything terribly interesting, but it's exciting nonetheless to see the Philadelphia skyline continue its slow westward expansion.
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