DESIGN PULSE PHILADELPHIA
Philadelphia’s iconic transportation hub is set to be the centerpiece of the
30th Street Station District Plan, a 35-year, massive redevelopment plan
that includes the redevelopment of 30th Street Station, plus 18 million square
feet of new development in the surrounding area, including an entirely new
mixed-use neighborhood and 40 acres of green space. The new neighborhood
will anchor the district atop 88 acres of rail yards along the western bank of
the Schuylkill River.
The master plan complements the growing number of new development
initiatives throughout the district that already are occurring or are planned,
and highlights the great potential the district has to establish a sense of
place and identity at its core. It not only creates a cohesive vision for the overall
neighborhood, but is designed to shape how the development will happen—
all while also supporting and protecting existing surrounding communities.
A prime example of what can be achieved when the many spokes of the design
wheel come together to spin in unison, the grand project is a collaboration
of multiple businesses and organizations interested in revitalizing this vital
area of the city. Project principals for the 30th Street Station District Plan
are Amtrak, Brandywine Realty Trust, Drexel University, the Pennsylvania
Department of Transportation, and SEPTA. The consulting team includes
architecture and interior design firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; landscape
architecture firm OLIN; and real estate, economic development, and energy
efficiency consultancy firm HR&A Advisors, Inc.
As outlined, the plan opens the door for design-build and myriad other
business opportunities through the year 2050 and beyond. A search for
a master developer is currently underway.
For more details, visit phillydistrict30.com.
The redevelopment of Philadelphia’s
30th Street Station will be the centerpiece
of the city’s 30th Street Station District Plan.
30TH STREET STATION DISTRICT PLAN