When completed, Paseo Verde will link residents, workers and students to one of the busiest transit stations outside of Center City, and will represent the culmination of a decade-long planning effort by APM to revitalize the surrounding neighborhood and successfully reintegrate the local community into both the neighboring Temple University campus, and the broader urban fabric beyond.
The project is designed to attain the highest levels of LEED for Homes and LEED for Neighborhood Development certification, and aims to serve as a model for sustainable redevelopment in neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia.
Once complete, the $100 million project developed by the Goldenberg Group will sit 14-stories tall at 214 feet, adding 832 beds for Temple students. The apartments will be ready for the fall of 2014.
The 33 story tower will contain units for 850 residents in apartments (not including guest) with rents starting at $1300/mo and costing $158.5 million. Brandywine expects Drexel students as well as Penn students will live in the tower. The building will draw students toward the campus neighborhood and away from the West Philly and Center City housing.
The first phase completed in 2006 costing $70 million consisted of a 13-story apartment complex with 290 apartments that overlooks the Schuylkill River part of the project, which included 20 three-story townhouses, also rentals.
Realen has already met with Logan Square Neighborhood Association to work out the development plan, the community groups seems to be okay with the project. The company is going through the zoning process and anticipates that it could be finished with that process by the end of the summer.
G8- Life is well along on the construction of its third home in Kensington at 2300 Amber Street. The two-story residence will look very similar to its counterparts at 2200 and 2400 Amber, only it will have a roof deck. The home will also be fitted with the same energy efficient design as the other homes, very indicative of sustainable practices at G8-Life. The home should see completion later this summer.
Approval of the bill is expected to subsequently support development that will draw activity to the area surrounding the Race Street Connector to encourage its use so that residents and visitors may re-connect to the waterfront.
Developers at 205 Race say their project is intended to mirror the scale not of the other buildings in the neighborhood, but of the Ben Franklin Bridge. The bridge provides development challenges in its very near vicinity due to its large size and the constraints it places on visibility in the immediate area.
The first project calls for improvement at the Flat Rock Dam at the Manayunk Canal. This project is overseen by the Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation and the Philadelphia Water Department. The dam is in imminent danger of collapse and could be triggered by any level of flooding from minor to severe. The dam has also stopped the flow of water in the canal allowing algae byproducts to flourish affecting the taste and odor of drinking water. Fixing the trail will also make it better suited for recreational uses along with the trail.
A second Manayunk Canal project involves the construction of a new bridge connecting Lock St. to Venice Island. the art commissioned piece is a sculptural piece that serves as seating for a new children's spray ground and is made of natural boulders, sourced from California, where the artist, Masayuki Nagase, lives.
Along the Delaware a second of a series of planned connectors linking the street grid, as prescribed in the Master Plan for the Central Delaware. Artist Donald Lipski designed a pice for the Columbia Ave. connector which references Lenape origin myths and the animals associated with its three clans, the wolf, turkey, and turtle. The connector connects the I-95 underpass to Penn Treaty Park, the site where William Penn signed a treaty with the Lenape. The project involves better lighting, access, streetscaping, as well as the construction of another smaller park.
The study will look at land between Market and South streets and Front St. and the Delaware River. In addition to the highway cap of I-95 the team will examine development of a six-acre site at Market Street, Redevelopment of the four-acre western and southern edges of the Marina Basin site with mid-rise residential, commercial and other uses, and extending the South Street pedestrian bridge to Penn's Landing.
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