Last year, Drexel President John Fry announced plans for the school and Amtrak to together develop a multi-million dollar feasibility study that looked into the possibility of developing the railyards around 30th Street Station.
30th Street Station from Market Street
This year, they’re moving ahead and recently issued an RFP for a master plan to redevelop the area immediately surrounding 30th Street Station, which in 2012 recorded record-high ridership. Amtrak forecasts predict a 59% increase in rail ridership and 41% increase in train volume in Philadelphia by 2030. Bids are due by November 18th, and a public process could begin by next year.
“Since then the project has evolved,” said Janet Campbell-Lorenc, of Amtrak, referring to the feasibility study announced last year.
Aerial view of the rail yards
The potential project represents a collaboration…
An innovation district, an energy corridor, and a logistics hub are three major elements of the Lower Schuylkill Master plan, a long-term vision released by the City this month that accounts for 68 percent of the city’s underutilized and vacant industrial land.
The Hidden River
The plan, still in the process of being completed, seeks to revitalize a 4,100 acre six-mile stretch of the river south of the Grays Ferry Bridge at 34th Street that goes from University City to the Airport. It focuses on revitalizing former industrial land by making use of leftover refineries, freight lines and rail lines. The $411M project includes a vision to make improvements in infrastructure, roads, the environment, and public amenities that would attract more than $860M in private investment and up to 6,500 new jobs while establishing 46 acres of green space and five miles…
In Philadelphia there are a string of innovative programs designed to kickstart development and the local economy. There’s the EnergyWorks program, which provides loans for energy efficient residential and commercial projects. There’s sustainability and green efforts like Green2015, planting one million trees and transforming school blacktops intro greenspace. To help secure additional funding for it all, there is also the Mayors’ Office of Grants, launched last year to attract grant money.
A greened Lea schoolyard
StartUp PHL, launched last October, is one more of those innovative programs. In March, Mayor Nutter announced that First Round Capital, one of the most active investment firms in the country, will manage the $6M StartUp PHL seed fund. The result of a partnership between the Department of Commerce and the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation, its goals…
A maybe one-time only pot of money designated to provide low-interest loans for energy efficient new construction and retrofits will run out this September. The EnergyWorks loan fund is a federally subsidized initiative designed to jumpstart residential and commercial projects with energy efficient components. It’s accepting applications until the grant period concludes in September of this year. Since the money comes from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 stimulus, it remains uncertain when another program of this nature will surface.
One project that has benefited
In Philadelphia, one offshoot of the stimulus was the EnergyWorks program. Before the program launched in 2009, there existed no public entity in Philadelphia where individuals could apply for loans to carry out energy efficient retrofits or larger projects. To make it happen, the Office of Sustainability collaborated with the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation and The…
A significant deal has gone down on the hush along the waterfront, where 700-30 N Delaware Ave., a 50K+ sqft parcel, was purchased for $10M in August, according to the OPA.
Block for sale
Running north along the south side of Delaware Avenue, the property includes a closed faded building which operated under various names in the past, like Club Flow, that includes Greyhound offices and the large adjacent lot that houses dozens of Greyhound and Bolt Buses. Realtor Karen Caplan confirmed the sale.
We wonder who purchased the lot. Public records led us to a VMDT Partnership registered to what seems to be the same address as the Westover Country Club in Norristown. Was it Samschick and Core Realty? With his Penn Treaty Village and plans for the old Richmond Street…
It was supposed to relocate to its new home this fall, then maybe by the New Year. An email was sent to members and news posted online that it would happen on February 1st.
Now, the opening date for the new Mariposa Co-op site, at 4824 Baltimore Ave. in West Philly, has been moved back to mid-February due to a delay in the delivery of a piece of refrigeration equipment.
Rendering looks pretty much the same. Different sign, of course. And creepy rendering people.
But alas, the expansion project is coming to a close. Products have been ordered and soon, out west, there will be an expanded organic and local produce, dairy and meat (and tofu!) section for the farm-to-kitchen set.
Before, only members could shop at the co-op, getting a 5% discount, and working…