On the heels of the $3.5 billion project to create Schuylkill Yards, a 14-acre commercial and residential revitalization of West Philadelphia, a second plan to revolutionize the 30th Street Station is in the works—with an estimated completion date even further out than the former’s lengthy 20-year span.
The Philadelphia 30th Street Station District Plan is projected to take more than three decades in construction to boost station capacity and expand open space for the city as part of a joint effort between Amtrak, Drexel University, Brandywine Realty Trust, and SEPTA. Features of the plan include reconnecting the Amtrak station with the 30th Street subway station and building a new intercity bus terminal with a pedestrian bridge that connects the train to the station.
Also in the works is a blend of commercial, residential, and recreational space to make the station a more dynamic destination for the thousands of passengers that pass through each day. Not far from 30th Street Station, University City’s newest skyrise, 3737 Chestnut, is adding to the neighborhood’s fast-growing cachet.
A bedroom at 3737 Chestnut with views of St. Agatha-St. James church.
All 276 luxury apartment units in the 26-story building offer nine floor plans with customizable one- and two-bedroom options and floor-to-ceiling windows with prime panoramic views. The site features a rooftop lounge with a grilling area and terrace garden. Other perks include a billiards and game room, an Internet cafe, and a yoga studio and meditation room.
Property manager Audra Shinnebarger says the residence caters to urban professionals and graduate students, responding to the dynamic growth of University City’s Eds and Meds industry cluster. This $95 million venture was undertaken by Radnor Property Group and Bozzuto Management and is nearly at full occupancy.
The apartments in Awesometown live up to the name.
Across the 215 in Fishtown, the new Awesometown, a 14-unit townhouse collection situated on Thompson Street in the heart of the neighborhood, joins Postgreen Home’s growing collection of developments with cheeky names like Duplexcellence and Pop! Postgreen Homes partnered with nonprofit New Kensington Community Development Corporation to deliver sustainable communities to its residents in a mixed-income setting.
The townhomes range from 1,750 to 2,150 square feet and feature green roofs. Courtney Ludeman, CFO/Vice President of Postgreen Homes, says the Awesometown properties are twice as energy efficient as a normal home. Each unit is designed in a loft-style with a customizable floor plan and over 250 finish options. Awesometown, which is in its second phase of development, is expected to be completed by the end of summer.