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#1 KevinKorell

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Posted 09 October 2013 - 12:31 AM

Philadelphia, PA Inquirer, 10/8/13:

Amtrak is seeking redevelopment plans for 30th Street Station and the surrounding area, including the potentially lucrative air rights above the rail yards adjacent to the station.


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Posted 28 May 2014 - 09:15 AM

Amtrak news release, 5/27:

TEAM SELECTED TO DEVELOP JOINT MASTER PLAN FOR PHILADELPHIA 30TH STREET STATION PRECINCT

PHILADELPHIA – Amtrak, Drexel University and Brandywine Realty Trust have selected Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM), in association with Parsons Brinckerhoff, OLIN, and HR&A Advisors to develop a comprehensive joint master plan for the area around Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station. The New York-based firm will start work immediately, bringing its deep experience in complex urban projects including the nearly complete Denver Union Station Redevelopment – the largest public transit project under construction in the United States – and other high-profile projects across the country and around the world.

The joint planning effort represents a unique opportunity to develop new plans and re-envision existing planning efforts to create a single, integrated vision for the 30th Street Station precinct. The SOM team will aim to develop a future where the station is at the epicenter of a dynamic, urban neighborhood full of opportunities for community development, economic development and improved transportation connections. A wide range of commercial opportunities, including a new vision for retail spaces within the station and the potential development of air rights above 75 acres of rail yards adjacent to the station, will also be considered.

The master plan will be guided by a Coordinating Committee comprised of Amtrak, Drexel University, Brandywine Realty Trust, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), City of Philadelphia, New Jersey Transit, CSX Corporation, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation, Schuylkill River Development Corporation and University City District.

“We couldn’t be more excited to work with the exceptional teams at SOM, Parsons Brinckerhoff, OLIN, and HR&A Advisors,” said Bob LaCroix, Amtrak Chief of Corridor Development. “Along with our great partners, we look forward to developing a bold vision for the precinct that accommodates growing demand for passenger rail service and outlines a framework for development that can reshape the Philadelphia skyline for generations to come.”

Roger Duffy, SOM Design Partner, called this project “a singular opportunity to reimagine one of the most significant and dramatic urban areas in America. We are honored to have been selected and we look forward to collaborating with the diverse group of local and regional stakeholders on this transformative vision.”

With master planning efforts currently being advanced in Washington, DC, Baltimore, New York, Chicago and now Philadelphia, Amtrak is poised to turn congested and tired rail stations into the centerpieces of thriving urban neighborhoods that appeal to the millennial and baby boomer generations. As these populations continue to flock to cities to live, work and play, they are demanding walkable communities with vibrant arts and cultural institutions and access to transportation hubs such as 30th Street Station.

The Joint Master Plan is funded by Drexel University and its partners. Drexel is also developing its Innovation Neighborhood project on 12 acres of its campus adjacent to 30th Street Station to attract and launch high-tech businesses seeking a rich research and commercialization environment with unmatched transit access.
“The 30th Street precinct is critical because it bridges Philadelphia’s business center with its intellectual heart in University City,” said John A. Fry, Drexel’s president. “We’re pleased to be able to add SOM’s experience and vision to the master planning process.”

The study area also includes parcels already being developed by Brandywine Realty Trust, including the FMC Tower at Cira Centre® South.

“We are delighted to partner with Amtrak, Drexel University and members of the Coordinating Committee in selecting SOM to develop a joint master plan for Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station precinct,” said Gerard H. Sweeney, President and Chief Executive Officer of Brandywine Realty Trust. “We look forward to working with this talented planning team on this transformational effort for the Philadelphia region. This project creates enormous economic development potential for the City and Brandywine is proud to participate in the planning process.”

Development of the master plan is expected to take approximately two years. Opportunities for public comment and involvement will be announced and advertised.

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Online news release has a nice aerial photo of 30th St Station.

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Posted 13 January 2015 - 09:35 AM

Amtrak news release, 1/12:

 

AMTRAK AND PARTNERS HOST OPEN HOUSE ON

PHILADELPHIA 30TH STREET STATION DISTRICT PLAN

Opportunity for public to learn about project and provide input

 

PHILADELPHIA – Amtrak and its partners in the Philadelphia 30th Street Station District Plan will host an open house this month to introduce the project to the public and solicit community input. The event is an opportunity for interested parties to learn about the project, meet the team, ask questions and contribute to the process.

 

The open house will be held on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 on the main concourse at 30th Street Station from 4-7 p.m. There will be no formal presentation, but members of the project team will be on hand to answer questions and provide information about the project goals, study area and process.

 

The public is also invited to learn about the project by visiting the recently-launched website, www.PhillyDistrict30.com. Here visitors can get the latest project information, sign up to receive project updates via e-mail, review news coverage and more.

 

The Philadelphia 30th Street Station District Plan is a joint planning effort focused on creating a single integrated vision for the area surrounding 30th Street Station. The goals of the plan center on concepts of community, connectivity and identity. The effort is led by Amtrak, Brandywine Realty Trust, Drexel University and SEPTA with support from a Coordinating Committee that includes a wide range of public and private agencies, area stakeholders and other interested parties.



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Posted 13 January 2015 - 12:41 PM

Let's hope they stick to what they say that only the air rights over the train yards are being considered for development. Hopefully the mistake of New York's Penn Station being destroyed in the late 1960's will never happen again. Philadelphia's 30th Street Station is at least not hemmed in by other buildings.



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Posted 19 December 2015 - 03:13 AM

Philadelphia, PA Inquirer, 12/15/15:

30th Street Station part of proposal to transform neighborhood


The massive rail yard at 30th Street Station would be partially capped under an evolving proposal to transform the area into a vibrant new neighborhood linking Center City with West Philadelphia.


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Posted 09 January 2016 - 03:17 AM

Philadelphia, PA Free Press, 1/6/16:

30th Street District Plan connects station to Center City and surrounding West Philly neighborhoods


As commuters continued their everyday bustle through 30th Street Station December 16th, they may have cast a curious glance at the clusters of people gathered before tripods bearing maps, diagrams and other pertinent information. A few may have even stopped to investigate.


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Posted 16 March 2016 - 01:15 AM

Philadelphia, PA Inquirer, 3/16/16:

Amtrak proposes underground concourse linking 30th St. Station to subways, trolleys


Amtrak and its development partners want to build a new underground concourse linking 30th Street Station with SEPTA's subways and trolleys as the first step in a 35-year plan for the area.


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I remember when the old concourse existed, and rather than improve security they just closed it, and even filled in the hole in the floor in 30th Street Station where the stairway had been. A pedestrian-friendly means of getting between the building and the transit station under Market Street would be a plus, especially given the number of people travelling between the two with luggage.

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Posted 16 March 2016 - 08:00 AM

 

 

Amtrak, SEPTA envision underground concourse to connect 30th Street Station with SEPTA lines

 

A partnership that includes Amtrak and SEPTA is working to develop an underground concourse to link 30th Street Station and SEPTA's subway and trolley station across the street. (See renderings.)

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Posted 17 June 2016 - 10:36 AM

Progressive Railroading, 6/17:

 
Amtrak, SEPTA and other partners introduce Philadelphia station development plan

Yesterday, Amtrak, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Brandywine Realty Trust and Drexel University unveiled the Philadelphia 30th Street Station District Plan, a long-term vision for growth and development in the area surrounding the station.

 

The partners also announced the initiation of several follow-on projects to improve the immediate station area and catalyze future development throughout the district.

 

The result of a collaborative two-year joint effort, the plan calls for 40 acres of open space and 18 million square feet of new development, including a new mixed-use neighborhood anchoring the district atop 88 acres of rail yards along the western bank of the Schuylkill River.

 

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Posted 17 June 2016 - 04:21 PM

Amtrak news release:

 

COMPLETION OF PHILADELPHIA 30TH STREET STATION DISTRICT PLAN HIGHLIGHTED BY ACTION ON NEAR TERM IMPROVEMENTS
June 16, 2016
 
 
Partnership, collaboration key to realizing aspirational vision for community

 

PHILADELPHIA – Amtrak, Brandywine Realty Trust, Drexel University, PennDOT and SEPTA today unveiled the Philadelphia 30th Street Station District Plan and announced the initiation of several follow-on projects to improve the immediate station area and catalyze future development throughout the District.

 

The Plan is a collaborative two-year joint planning effort to produce a single, integrated long-term vision for growth and development in the area surrounding 30th Street Station.

 

Forty new acres of open space and 18 million square feet of new development are envisioned in the Plan, including an entirely new mixed-use neighborhood anchoring the District atop 88 acres of rail yards along the western bank of the Schuylkill River.

 

With a proposed $2 billion investment in roads, utilities, parks, bridges, and extension of transit services, the Plan has the potential to unlock $4.5 billion in private real estate investment, in addition to $3.5 billion for Drexel’s Schuylkill Yards project being developed by Brandywine Realty Trust. These investments will have robust and widespread economic benefits, with the potential to generate $3.8 billion in City and State taxes and 40,000 new jobs.

 

As outlined in the Plan, the coming months will see action on one of the most common areas of community feedback, as SEPTA starts preliminary work to support consideration of a preferred option for restoring the underground connection between 30th Street Station and its Market-Frankford Line.

 

“The 30th Street Station District Plan is a transformative approach,” said SEPTA General Manager Jeff Knueppel. “This location is well served by the Market-Frankford Line, 5 Trolley Lines, 6 Bus Routes and all Regional Rail Lines, and the District Plan is another example of how transportation can drive economic development. SEPTA is excited to partner with Amtrak and all stakeholders to accelerate a vision that re-energizes this area and continues to meet the region’s travel needs.”

 

“The vision for 30th Street Station District complements the recently unveiled master plan for Schuylkill Yards to be developed by Drexel and Brandywine,” said Drexel President John A. Fry. “Together these two developments will bring fundamental transformation to University City and become the centerpiece of America’s next great innovation district, a district characterized by its superior access to transportation.”

 

To pave the way for future development of the conceptual Arch Street Transportation Center, PennDOT will work with the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission to study possible changes to the I-76 on- and off-ramps at 30th Street.

 

“The department works hard to support development for all modes, including safer driving, walking, or riding bicycles and transit,” PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards said. “I am encouraged by the vision that has been created for the area around the station.”

 

With an eye toward improving station conditions in the near-term, Amtrak will pursue funding to advance the Station Plaza concept outlined in the District Plan. Station Plaza involves the development of new public spaces on all four sides of 30th Street Station, creating a more welcoming and seamless experience for all station visitors.

 

Later this year, Amtrak also intends to solicit partners to develop certain property adjacent to 30th Street Station, as well as analyze and suggest station improvements including retail offerings.

 

“Philadelphia’s iconic 30th Street Station is poised to anchor what could be a transformative new neighborhood built around transportation and the Schuylkill River waterfront,” said Amtrak Board Chairman Tony Coscia. “The Amtrak team is committed to continuing the important and productive collaboration reflected in the creation of this single, integrated District Plan and will work hard to help realize the great opportunities it envisions.”

 

“This vision is an excellent collaboration between key stakeholders to create a long term civic and economic value for Philadelphia at our regional mass transportation hub and represents the next phase in the ongoing renaissance of University City,” said Jerry Sweeney, President and CEO of Brandywine Realty Trust.

 

Over the past two years, the project team has engaged a wide range of stakeholders from across the City of Philadelphia and its neighborhoods, soliciting feedback and synthesizing ideas collected during open houses, community events and other public meetings with the expertise of a world-class consulting team.

 

“Crafting meaningful consensus toward a unified vision within a multitude of stakeholder interests is hard work that requires imagination, problem-solving creativity, flexibility and perseverance,” said Skidmore, Owings & Merrill Project Manager Kristopher Takács. “This journey has been a sheer delight for SOM and our world-class team of professional experts, whose leadership and collaboration have laid the foundations for a game-changing transformation.”

 

Additional information about the District Plan is included on the following pages. High-resolution images, renderings, a project film and the complete Plan are available for download from the project website.






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