A recent site visit by Philly YIMBY has discovered no significant signs of new construction at the 513-foot-tall, 34-story tower proposed at 3001 John F. Kennedy Boulevard in University City, West Philadelphia. Designed by Practice for Architecture and Urbanism and developed by Brandywine Realty Trust and Drexel University, the red-clad high-rise will be the latest addition to the $3.5-billion, multi-building Schuylkill Yards development currently in progress in University City, adjacent to the Drexel campus. The tower at 3001 JFK Boulevard will feature 930,000 square feet of floor space, mostly office with 6,600 square feet allocated to retail, and will aim for LEED Silver certification.
Planned for the northern fringe of University City, the building will be the most dramatic addition to the local skyline since the crystalline Cira Centre and curvy FMC Tower opened in 2005 and 2016, respectively. However, while Cira and FMC captivate the viewer with their dramatic forms, their blue-glass facade, high-quality as it may be, is rather conventional. In contrast, the tower at 3001 JFK Boulevard will stand out thanks to its massing as much as its eclectic facade.
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They need to cap the area over the train tracks in front of the new red clad tower. They could turn it into a nice pedestrian plaza with outdoor seating and landscaping.
That would be ideal
I can’t wait to see this.
Question to be answered is did they get the permits to start construction? If they did, then what are they awaiting for? If not, then what is the hold up of the project?
The government should put a time limit on the tax breaks. Build the damn building in 3 years or loose youe tax incentives.
Any update on start of construction for this building?