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Old May 3rd, 2013, 08:37 PM   #141
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Visions of Grove at Cira South



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The latest renderings of the planned Grove at Cira South tower show a luxury vision of student life: a rooftop pool, (will grad students emerge from their officecaves to use a pool? In the sunlight?), a concierge level with coffee service, and a 24 hour fitness center. The architects say that they've planned the building to be a social, inviting space. Hidden City called the renderings "elegant" and "complex", and the renderings, complete with semi-opaque rendering people, do give a sleek, glassy glimpse of things to come.




The oft-criticized 11 story parking garage next door will also get updated, perhaps to stem some of the controversy. The plans call for a public green roof, in order to create some open, public green space in the area.

The tower will also incorporate ground-level retail, which will help it become a vibrant part of the neighborhood. The retail space is also designed to give the tower a social feel, like many other features that have been incorporated into the tower. There are public lounges, concierge areas, a media lab, and a library. Though most of the apartments will be one bedrooms, the tower might well become a social space for students.






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Old May 7th, 2013, 09:49 PM   #143
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Blatstein Mulling New Tower Along Schuylkill



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The Marketplace Design Center, Philadelphia’s premier destination for interior design, may soon have itself a major makeover. Sources tell Hidden City that Bart Blatstein’s Tower Investments, Inc. is in the process of purchasing the enormous complex at 2400 Market Street.

The six-story building extends from Market to Chestnut, and from the below-grade 24th Street to the CSX railroad tracks, where Robert Wyland’s iconic East Coast Humpbacks mural faces the Schuylkill River Park’s scissor ramps.

The Design Center, which has been in the building since 1975, would remain, but additional retail and residential components would be added. One potential development, sources tell us, would be the construction of a new multi-story tower on top of the existing building, set back and in the center, creating a 360º terrace.

Such a mixed-use project would create a significant benchmark on the Center City side of the evolving amalgamation with University City, one which has seen The Porch at 30th Street Station, Penn’s and Drexel’s continued eastward expansion, and The Grove at Cira Centre South, already under construction, on the other side of the Schuylkill River.

Attempts to reach Blatstein for comment were unsuccessful. A representative at the Design Center would neither confirm nor deny Blatstein’s interest, but did say that the building is officially still for sale.
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May 7: 2116 Chestnut Finishing up


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SugarHouse Casino to Double in Size


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Today, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board heard testimony on the SugarHouse's new proposed second phase, originally sold to the city as a luxurious casino-resort-ballroom-venue megacomplex. The new plan calls for a 100% embiggening of the current big box. According to the Inquirer, Philly politicians sung the praises of our waterfront slot depot because they fund the Mummers, and the New Year's Eve Fireworks.

Perhaps not-so-coincidentally, this year was the first that the Pennsylvania casinos were able to beat out Atlantic City in the competition for gross gaming revenue. But competition for Pennsylvania casinos, (including the lucky winner of the second casino license,) will be steep: New York, DC, and Maryland are investigating the possibility of building their own new casinos.
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South Philly To Gaming Board: "Get This Sh*t The F*ck Outta Here!"


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At yesterday's Casino hearings, two South Philly community organizations pleaded with the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board to consider their plight, and not grant a license to any of the three casinos (Casino Revolution, Live! Hotel & Casino, and Hollywood Casino,) proposed to go up in South Philly.

Both organizations explained that, between the stadium and the concert venues, they were already contending with two stadiums, an arena, and an entertainment complex, they were dealing with enough already. Though NIMBY arguments are usually easy to dismiss, it's hard not to sympathize with South Philly residents who already contend with "380 annual events, 8 million visitors and 5.5 million vehicle trips each year." The fact that the casinos would be open 24/7 would mean that South Philly residents never get a break from the stream of outside traffic.

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CHOP's Schuylkill Avenue Master Plan



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For your viewing pleasure, here is a gallery of glossy renderings of a possible Children's Hospital of Philadelphia to be. Highlights include innovative stormwater management solutions and lots of new green space.














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Family Court Framing Out Nicely





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June 1: Glass fitting has begun


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19th & Arch begins its ascent:


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Drexel’s largest residence hall will create a new gateway for Lancaster Avenue and Powelton Village



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Drexel University has been expanding in recent years and plans to expand further, hoping to add 10,000 new students in the next decade. The Drexel campus in University City has, also, been attracting students who used to mostly commute to the main campus. A large share of these students have been living in apartments in Powelton Village and, increasingly, adjacent neighborhoods, such as West Powelton and Mantua, further away from the main campus. This has caused many of Powelton’s historic Victorian-style homes to be renovated into cheap student apartments, as well as, 1920s-era apartment buildings to be dominated by students. Powelton Village now has a homeownership rate of just 12%, which has been a concern for the neighborhood’s residents. In order to attract more students onto the main campus, Drexel has been planning and building new dormitories and student apartment buildings on campus. They are about to complete Chestnut Square, at 32nd & Chestnut Streets, which I wrote about last year, and have built Caneris Hall on 32nd Street, Race Hall at 33rd and Race Streets, and the 17-storey, football-shaped Millenium Hall at 34th Street and Powelton Avenue. ... But, the University’s largest and most ambitious new residence hall will be on the southern corner of the intersection of 34th Street & Lancaster Avenue, on the site of the Hess Laboratory and a parking lot, next to the artistic community organization known as the Community Education Center.

The new residence hall will be known as Lancaster Square. It is being built by American Campus Communities, the same builders of Chestnut Square, in partnership with Drexel, and being designed by Solomon, Cordwell, Buenz. The tower will be 24 storeys and 278 feet tall and the entire project will have 528,500 square feet. It will consist of two distinct sections, a low-rise, five and eight-storey tall portion along Lancaster Avenue and the highrise portion, that will mostly be behind the low-rise section along Lancaster and will extend in a wedge-shaped tower to the corner of 34th & Lancaster. It will have 351 units for students, with the maximum capacity of 1,350 student beds. There will be 89 underground parking spaces and bike parking, as well as, a storm water cistern. Additional parking will be available in other lots and garages on campus. The first floor, along Lancaster Avenue, will have 19,000 square feet of retail space all along the sidewalk and will protrude out from the building, creating a terrace above the sidewalk.

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New highrise apartment tower, Edgewater II, will add to skyline



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Another apartment tower is planned for Center City, this time on a site adjacent to the Vine Street Expressway and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The tower will be part of the large Edgewater apartment and townhouse complex at 23rd and Race Streets. Edgewater was built on a former parking lot situated on the Schuylkill waterfront and adjacent to the Schuylkill River Park and trail (also known as Schuylkill Banks), circa 2005, by Realen Properties. That development consists of 270 apartments in a 14-storey building covered in gray concrete panels and large windows, with circular balconies, and 20 rental brick townhouses, across a driveway from the highrise building and on 23rd Street. A 675-car parking garage is imbetween the townhouses, partially hidden by them. A small planted garden is at the end of the driveway in the middle of the complex, and the complex has a courtyard and a “bark park”, along the western side, by the railroad tracks.

This new tower, designed by Design Collective, will be built on a parking lot north of the parking garage, at 230 N. 23rd Street, next to the eastbound off-ramp from the Vine Street Expressway where it intersects with 23rd and Summer Streets. Realen had always intended to build on this parking lot, but had waited until the time was right for more housing. It will be called Edgewater II and will be 22 storeys, and 263 feet, tall and have 240 rental units and a total square footage of 300,000 square feet. The outside will have prefabricated panels, mostly on the south side, to match the first highrise building, but will also have large glass windows, mostly on the north side, to match the glass towers of Center City when being viewed from the Parkway or the Expressway.

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New apartment tower and hotel to be built soon on the 1200 block of Walnut Street



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A new highrise apartment tower is about to be built in Center City, east of Broad Street, on Walnut Street in the busy Washington Square West neighborhood. This new tower will have a mix of rental apartments and a hotel. According to the renderings, the hotel brand may be the trendy mid-priced brand Element, although that brand is supposed to be in a new hotel project west of Broad Street that I will be writing about soon.

The new tower is being developed by U3 Ventures and designed by TEN Arquitectos. It is on the 1200 block of Walnut Street, at 1213 Walnut Street, on the site of a surface parking lot and the site of a recently demolished thrift store building, that had been vacant for a long time. It will be 26 storeys and 294 feet tall. The tower will be slender, with metallic sheathing, and will have two outcroppings from the tower covered in sleek, colored glass. The roof space will be utilized, with a pool on the roof of the base, a few storeys above the sidewalk. The ground level will have retail, likely a restaurant on Walnut Street and a smaller cafe on Sansom Street, and a driveway and walkway between Walnut and Sansom that will have separate entrances and lobbies to the hotel and the apartments. A neighboring business on Sansom Street, historic Fergie’s Pub, will remain on the site, next to the Sansom Street cafe. The ground floor will be covered with large glass-panel windows. There will be no parking in this building, since the surrounding neighborhood has ample available parking and it usually is not necessary to own a car in this area of the city.






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University City Science Center to build large and sleek apartment tower on Market Street in University City


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The University City Science Center is the nation’s first urban research and office park, founded 50 years ago to attract and maintain high-tech industries that seek to capitalize technology that was developed at the city’s many universities, or based on those universities’ research and breakthroughs. It is situated along Market Street, in University City, between 34th and (eventually) 39th Streets, and has 2 million square feet of office and research space in 15, mostly mid-rise buildings, over 17 acres. Vacancy is extremely low and the Center attracts foreign companies and helps incubate new high-tech businesses. The Science Center is undergoing a huge expansion that will add approximately 1.5 million square feet of new office and research (lab) space, an increase of more than 50%...

The leadership of the Science Center has started to try to make Market Street livelier, in an urban way, by adding more retail and restaurants to new construction, but now they want to take that to a new level by building a large highrise apartment tower at 36th & Market Streets, on a current surface parking lot, that will start to create a true neighborhood for the Science Center and a community of high-tech workers in University City. The tower will be developed by Wexford Equities, a subsidiary of Wexford Science and Technology, a major landlord of office and research space in the Science Center, and Southern Land Company, and it will be designed by BLT Architects. The new apartment tower has received approval from the City Planning Commission, last week, and from the Zoning Board of Adjustment, just yesterday, April 24. The land will be owned by the Science Center and a final agreement with the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority will be finalized within the next month. Once that agreement is finalized, then the tower can start construction. Officials at the Science Center believe that they will start that construction in the autumn.

The new tower will be 27 storeys and 310 feet tall, making it the tallest building in the Science Center and the tallest on Market Street in University City. It will be at an angle, right on Market Street, but set back from 36th Street, perhaps to allow sunlight onto that block because the 18-storey tall 3535 Market Street building is across 36th Street. The apartment tower, officially at 3601 Market Street, will have 362 apartment units of different sizes, 15,000 square feet of retail space on Market and 36th Streets, 194 parking spaces, and 121 bicycle parking spaces. The entire building will have approximately 413,000 square feet of floor space. The entrance to the apartments will be on Market Street and the retail on the first level will stretch all the way to 36th Street (the developers hinted at the recent Planning Commission meeting that they may sign a large tenant for most of the space). The facade of the tower will have large-paneled windows, at the corner of 36th & Market, and staggered windows along the rest, with balconies. The parking garage will be three levels above ground and visible above the retail portion, but it will not stretch all the way to 36th Street, and it will have its entrance on Filbert Street on the northern side of the building. There will be a green roof over the one-storey retail portion and a sign saying “3601” (if the Art Commission approves it). The developers believe that building the parking garage underground is impossible, because soil testing revealed some toxins from the site’s once industrial past, and that building underground would expose these toxins when they must be properly sealed with concrete. The developers will plant new street trees on 36th Street, which currently has none at this corner.

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