Project DescriptionFROM THE ARCHITECTS:
Completed in June 2016, the Philadelphia 30th Street Station District Plan is a long-range, joint master planning effort led by Amtrak, Brandywine Realty Trust, Drexel University, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, and the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (“Principals”) to develop a comprehensive vision for the future of the 30th Street Station District in the year 2050 and beyond. A Coordinating Committee of institutional partners has also guided the planning effort. In addition to the Principals, its members include the City of Philadelphia, CSX Corporation, the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, New Jersey Transit, Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation, Schuylkill River Development Corporation, University City District, and the University of Pennsylvania. The vision harmonizes ideas from this group together with a diverse and highly-engaged set of stakeholders, including elected officials, community organizations, business, trade and advocacy groups, anchor institutions and major employers, transportation passengers, citizens of the District, and the general public.
Philadelphia is undergoing a new era of growth and opportunity, and the district around 30th Street Station is at the forefront of this renaissance:
· Busy and Growing Intermodal Transit Hub: The station welcomed 11 million passengers in 2015 and is expected to double its ridership by 2040.
· Critical Link on the Northeast Corridor: The station sits at the nexus of the country’s most important intercity rail corridor.
· Growing Philadelphia: The City reversed its decades-long population decline in 2010, and has grown each year since.
· One of the City’s Largest Land Assemblages: The 88-acre rail yards and 12 acres at grade offer unprecedented redevelopment opportunity.
· Diverse and Growing Job and Residential Markets: A prime location between Center City and University City gives access to 375,000 workers.
· Alignment of Key Stakeholders to Deliver District Change: For the first time ever, all land owners and major stakeholders in the District are planning for a shared, cooperative future.