West Philadelphia

30th Station District Plan. Credit: SOM

Revisiting Visionary Plans for a 30th Street Station District Plan Supertall in University City, West Philadelphia

Several years ago, plans have been revealed for a major megadevelopment to be built on a new deck above the Amtrak railyard on the banks of the Schuylkill River in University City, West Philadelphia. The project is called the Philadelphia 30th Street Station District Plan, as the first phase includes restoration of the historic 30th Street Station. Designed by Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill and developed by Plenary Infrastructure Philadelphia, the master plan shows a large number of high-rises and a supertall skyscraper that would become the tallest, or one of the tallest, buildings in the city.

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A New High-Rise May Be Coming to 600 South University Avenue in University City, West Philadelphia

Demolition is nearly complete at a three-story budget motel at 600 South University Avenue (also known as 600 University Avenue) in West Philadelphia. Located directly on the Schuylkill River waterfront near the southernmost point in University City, the hotel was built in the postwar period and was once geared toward University of Pennsylvania visitors, and was later converted into a prison halfway house and was at times described as a “hot sheets” motel. The facility was eventually shuttered and the structure has stood vacant for years. However, Philly YIMBY’s site visit last weekend revealed that the building has almost been reduced to a pile of rubble. Given its generous zoning and location at a major university, medical, and office hub, the site may be slated for a large, and possibly high-rise, development.

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Construction Underway at 314 South 46th Street in Garden Court, West Philadelphia

A rendering has been revealed for a 25-unit residential development at 314 South 46th Street as construction begins on the project located in Garden CourtWest Philadelphia. YIMBY shared news of the project in August, stating that permits were issued for the property. Developed by High Top Real Estate, the project includes a renovation of a former church, which will receive a third floor as well as an attached four-story addition.

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Permits Issued for 37-Unit Structure at 4112 Lancaster Avenue in Haverford North, West Philadelphia

Permits have been issued for the construction of a large mixed-use building at 4112 Lancaster Avenue in Haverford NorthWest Philadelphia. The development will stand four stories tall and will hold 37 residential units, with a commercial space to be situated on the ground floor, as well as a green roof, which allowed developers to build to a greater density. The building will total 43,791 square feet of space and will cost an estimated $6,767,831 to build.

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One uCity Square night lighting. Photo from Civic Design Review

Concrete Work Starts at One uCity Square in University City, West Philadelphia

Concrete work has begun for the foundation at the 13-story One uCity Square in University City, West Philadelphia, after months of excavation. Designed by ZGF Architects and developed by Ventas Inc., the project is a key component of the 14-acre uCity Square development that will span multiple blocks. The building will eventually rise 250 feet tall and will feature office and lab space with Century Therapeutics and Integral Molecular, as well as retail space.

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