For the past two years, the future of 30th Street Station and surrounding areas in University City has been at the center of the concerns of local stakeholders including Amtrak, SEPTA, PennDOT, Drexel University and Brandywine Realty Trust.
While Philadelphia’s main transportation hub appears to be weathered in 2017, the $ 6.5 billion investment tied to the city’s ambitious 30th Street Station District plan will ensure the station fits better into the urban environment in the city. over the next few decades.
An open house hosted by Amtrak on Wednesday evening offered yet another glimpse of how the station is poised to transform in the first phase of the long-term redevelopment. Designers FXFOWLE, !melk and ARUP jointly presented their vision of Station Plaza, whose main objective is to create a more friendly, welcoming and integrated civic space for pedestrians.
Key features of the Station Plaza proposal include a new West Portico entrance for better pedestrian access, a stairwell that will connect to the planned SEPTA-Amtrak underground connection, and the relocation of taxi lines to areas of the northern sections. -est and north-west of the station.
Construction of the Plaza Station is expected to begin around 2020, with an expected completion date around 2029.
“The 30th Street station was never properly ‘rooted’ in the urban fabric of Philadelphia,” said one information guide of the open house. “A magnificent station deserves a spectacular place.”
The entire expanse of the 30th Street station district plan, projected over a 35-year period, covers an existing 88-acre site of rail Court. Eighteen million square feet of new development and 40 acres of new open space will be added to the area during the execution of the plan. In total, the revitalization and upgrades at University City will require an investment of around $ 10 billion.
In early 2017, the American Institute of Architects in Philadelphia present design firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP with a regional urban design award for what it described as the “daring” but achievable 30th Street Station District plan.
The evolution of the project is comparable to the development of 3.5 billion dollars of Schuylkill sites, a “knowledge district” planned as part of a partnership between Drexel University and Brandywine Realty Trust.
A full schedule and more information about the 30th Street Station area can be found on the project site. public site.