After completing the first two major phases of Schuylkill Yards (Drexel Square and the nearly finished Bulletin Building), developer Brandywine Realty Trust is ready to launch the next phase of the project, further transforming University City in West Philadelphia. One of the two planned towers is the 361-foot-tall, 28-story tower at 3025 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, which ranks at number 15 on Philly YIMBY’s December 2020 Development Countdown. Designed by the Practice for Architecture and Urbanism, the 326-unit structure will offer office and laboratory space in the broad lower floors and residential space on the upper levels.
The proposal was revealed last year along with the taller, red-colored 3001 John F. Kennedy Boulevard. The towers will anchor the skyline along with the 736-foot FMC Tower, located two blocks to the south. Out of the 14 acres that span the purchased land for Schuylkill Yards, those two towers are the most significant structures that have been revealed so far, though a supertall has also appeared in conceptual plans. The building at 3151 Market Street joined the master plan this year as the second-shortest tower that has been revealed.
Permits were filled and reissued within the past two months for subtle changes in the structure, such as the addition of balconies near the very top and the replacement of the arches that were planned from the ground to second floors with square pillars.
The parking lot at the site remains largely devoid of vehicles. No ground work has begun yet, with work on the building planned to start next year.
The building is scheduled to be completed in the first quarter of 2023.
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Groundwork seems set to begin soon.
But until Philadelphia gets its rampant and unchallenged crime issues under control, no one will be interested in being here.