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Old June 4th, 2013, 10:27 AM   #1
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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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Old November 5th, 2013, 07:11 AM   #2
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Drexel To Break Ground For 24-Story, $170M Tower At 34th & Lancaster



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Drexel University plans a groundbreaking tomorrow for a new $170 million, 24-story, 580,000 sq ft building that will house 1,300 students and 11 stores, at 34th St. and Lancaster Ave. Drexel is joining developer American Campus Communities on the project; that company is also building the Chestnut Square high-rise at 32nd and Chestnut a short walk away. American Campus will manage the Lancaster Ave. building, Drexel will lease it and eventually own the building. Drexel says the project will create around 850 construction jobs.

In a statement, Drexel President John Fry called it the biggest building the school has built -- and the biggest for American Campus, which builds student housing around the U.S.. Solomon Cordwell Buenz Architects designed the building, Hunter Roberts Construction Group will build it, completion scheduled for fall 2015.

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Old January 5th, 2014, 07:07 AM   #3
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Old January 5th, 2014, 07:00 PM   #4
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impressive building for a campus. My school in richmond is of similar size and stature (a little bigger and maybe a little less prestigious), and certainly up-and-coming in the same way, albeit in a much smaller city. We've got the same issues in downtown neighborhoods surrounding campus where historic buildings are being overrun by student renters and families are getting concerned. We've also got some modern looking residential developments coming up, which is exciting. One reservation I have about developments like this is that the storefront is almost inevitably going to be filled up by subways and walgreens and the like.
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impressive building for a campus. My school in richmond is of similar size and stature (a little bigger and maybe a little less prestigious), and certainly up-and-coming in the same way, albeit in a much smaller city. We've got the same issues in downtown neighborhoods surrounding campus where historic buildings are being overrun by student renters and families are getting concerned. We've also got some modern looking residential developments coming up, which is exciting. One reservation I have about developments like this is that the storefront is almost inevitably going to be filled up by subways and walgreens and the like.
What stores would you rather see? Don't forget this is on a campus, it's not going to have stores for big spenders from Center City.
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Old February 20th, 2014, 01:20 AM   #6
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Old March 18th, 2014, 08:42 AM   #7
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nice. It looks different from each angle. It also adds density to this area.
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Nice project for Drexel and it's very close to PNC bank at 35th & Chestnut St.
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