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Old Posted Mar 2, 2016, 7:08 PM
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PHILADELPHIA | Schuylkill Yards | 8 towers | 1,095 FT - 375 FT | 70 - 28 FLOORS

Long-term plan from Drexel and Brandywine, but renders are impressive.

Image is from the first link.


http://drexel.edu/now/archive/2016/M...ter-Developer/

http://www.schuylkillyards.com/



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Estimated heights for each tower

1,095 FT - 70 FLOORS - 3101 Market Street
725 FT - 48 FLOORS - 3125 John F. Kennedy Boulevard
515 FT - 42 FLOORS - 3001 Chestnut Street
435 FT - 36 FLOORS - 3151 John F. Kennedy Boulevard
425 FT - 30 FLOORS - 3000 Market Street
385 FT - 28 FLOORS - 3020 Market Street
380 FT - 28 FLOORS - 3003 John F. Kennedy Boulevard
375 FT - 31 FLOORS - 3151 Market Street


Drexel outlines ambitious plans to build business-residential enclave

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Drexel University president John Fry wanted his campus to expand into an adjacent neighborhood of innovative businesses, bustling storefronts, manicured parks, and soaring residential towers.

So he decided to build one.

The 125-year-old school is teaming with developer Brandywine Realty Trust to transform an expanse of parking lots and industrial buildings between its campus and 30th Street Station into a dense new urban enclave to be called Schuylkill Yards.

The expansion is meant to accommodate a student body that has grown from fewer than 7,000 in the mid-1990s to about 26,000 today, while attracting tech firms, biomed labs, and forward-thinking start-ups to the area, Fry said in an interview before Wednesday afternoon's formal announcement of the project .

The development is the latest - and perhaps most prominent - major project in a burst of real estate activity in and around Philadelphia's University City district of educational, medical and research institutions.

The Radnor-based company will oversee a team for Schuylkill Yards that includes residential developer Gotham Organization Inc. of New York and life-sciences specialists Longfellow Real Estate Partners of Boston. It will be the first project in Philadelphia for both firms.

New York's SHoP Architects will develop the project's streetscape and architectural standards, while Dutch firm West 8 designs its landscapes.

Brandywine's deal with Drexel gives the developer a long-term lease for the property, and grants the university first dibs on space in Schuylkill Yards' new and redeveloped buildings - along with favorable leasing terms - for classrooms, offices and labs.

Other financial terms of the partnership were not disclosed. The development will cost "well over a couple billion dollars" and will generate more than 10,000 construction jobs and about 15,000 permanent jobs, said Sweeney, who was unable to provide more specific figures.

The project is being built in an area designated as a Keystone Opportunity Zone, which gives companies with offices there breaks on some city and state taxes in return for creating jobs or making large investments.

The first phase of the project is expected to take 15 to 20 years, during which development will be concentrated within a 10-acre site bounded by 30th, Market and 32nd Streets and the rail yards north of Drexel's campus.

The partners aim to break ground before the end of this year on a 1.3-acre park, which will displace a parking lot between 30th Street Station and the former offices of The Bulletin. Next comes renovation of that 1950s newspaper building itself, since redubbed One Drexel Plaza, with a new sieve-like facade.

Drexel and Brandywine hope to break ground on the development's first new construction project, a tower to house labs and offices at the northeast corner of 31st Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard, by early 2018. Later work during the first development phase calls for a mixed-use skyscraper west of the former newspaper building, which Sweeney said could rise as high as 950 feet, towering over the 730-foot tall FMC Tower.

In later decades, work will shift to a 4-acre area bounded by Market, 30th, Chestnut and 31st Streets, where two more towers are planned.
Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/busines...djkLYBH0DuY.99

From Drexel:
http://drexel.edu/now/archive/2016/M...ter-Developer/

Project website:
http://www.schuylkillyards.com/

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Wow! This would be amazing!
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Wow! This would be amazing!
whoa whoa whoa.... please edit your response...

"This will be amazing!
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COMMENTING SO THAT WHEN I'M CHECKING THIS THREAD IN 20 YEARS I LAUGH AT MYSELF.

But seriously pinch me I'm dreaming.
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An observation to separate the actual project area from surrounding rendering "fluff":

On the site plan, there is a clear dotted-line delineating the Schuylkill Yards development area. It does NOT include the Cira II site, the Firestone site. There are basically four major patches in the SY plan: (1) The block b/w the IRS building and the highline (b/w Market and Chestnut), (2) the Bulletin site and parking lot, (3) the rest of that long block between the Bulletin/highline and the Food Fair building (the large building next to Firestone where the vestigial tail of JFK Blvd curves, and (4) the long lot between the Cira II site and 32nd street, curving along the SEPTA rail yard.
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Jaw dropping renderings are released for the Schuylkill Yards. Two of the three Married At First Sight couples opted for divorce, and a fascist lunatic buffoon and all around international embarrassment has convinced a very large segment of the country to make him president.

This is for the time capsule.
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The first building to become reality is the one proposed at 31st and JFK, right?
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wow! So this is essentially the 'hudson yards' of Philly? I hope it produces Philly's first roof height supertall.
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The first building to become reality is the one proposed at 31st and JFK, right?
Yep, which looks to be between 350-400 feet

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wow! So this is essentially the 'hudson yards' of Philly? I hope it produces Philly's first roof height supertall.
I hope so too
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Drexel University Unveils Massive $3.5B Schuylkill Yards Development Plans



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In a flashy press conference this afternoon held in a tent on One Drexel Plaza, Drexel University announced its 20-year plan for Schuylkill Yards, a $3.5 billion and 14-acre project that will aim to transform West Philadelphia into a leading innovation hub of the region.

Drexel president John Fry announced that Brandywine Realty Trust will be the developer of the master plan. The development company has long had a stake in University City as the developers of the Cira Center, the EVO building, and the up-and-coming FMC Tower.

Fry described Schuylkill Yards as a "new neighborhood based on innovation" with "world-class, open space in the tradition of the public square of Philadelphia."

The master design reveals multiple public spaces, each with their own distinct characteristics. A 1.3-acre plot—currently a parking lot at One Drexel Plaza—will become an elliptical lawn and the center of activity at Schuylkill Yards. NY-based SHOP Architects and West 8 landscape architecture firm have designed the master sites.

Eight new high-rise sites will also be part of Schuylkill Yards, a mix of a laboratories, hotels, retails, residential units, and offices. NY-based Gotham Organization, Inc. will lead the residential development, and Longfellow Real Estate Partners will take on the Life Sciences component.

In addition, the historic Bulletin Building, designed by architect George Howe, will undergo exterior renovations that will include a dynamic front screen along the east facade facing the elliptical green space.

Brandywine Realty Trust president Jerry Sweeney said, "This is not a corporate campus. It's a fully-engaged ecosystem."

Though the Schuylkill Yards timeline involves a 20-year buildout, it is expected to begin construction as soon as possible—starting with Drexel Park, a 1.3-acre park at 30th and Market Streets later this year.

"We expect to deliver phase 1 several years from now," said Sweeney.

Fry noted that they will be actively partnering with local businesses and unions, as well as maximize hiring of local residents. It's expected to create 10,000 construction jobs and 15,000 employees and residents.

"This is a game changer—not just for Philadelphia," said state Senator Vincent Hughes. "The innovation that happens inside Schuylkill Yards will have an impact internationally."
http://philly.curbed.com/2016/3/2/11...rds-renderings
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This will hopefully quiet people on 2400 market... they'll want this to be their view now! Gorgeous renders hopefully even half of this comes to fruition. Especially the green space and pedestrian areas. I think that is extremely important for the area
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This will hopefully quiet people on 2400 market... they'll want this to be their view now! Gorgeous renders hopefully even half of this comes to fruition. Especially the green space and pedestrian areas. I think that is extremely important for the area
Yeah, think of how awesome people inside 2400 facing the river will feel in years to come. Awesome views.
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This is gonna blow up Phil's skyline up, wow so awesome!!
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Later work during the first development phase calls for a mixed-use skyscraper west of the former newspaper building, which Sweeney said could rise as high as 950 feet, towering over the 730-foot tall FMC Tower.
Thought they wanted to be taller than Comcast? Lets hope they decide to go real big! On the plus side it's good to hear it's included in the first development phase.
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I'm conflicted in not loving the individual designs of the buildings, but when we're talking about a project of this scale, who cares :-)
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