Amtrak, Drexel University and Brandywine Realty Trust have chosen Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) along with Parsons Brinckerhoff, OLIN and HR&A Advisors to provide a joint master plan for transforming Philadelphia’s 30th Street station.
The transformation, which is being funded by Drexel University and its partners, includes community development, economic development and improved transportation connections.
As part of the commercial development, the project will see the building of new retail spaces within the station and air rights above 75 acres of rail yards next to the station.
Amtrak corridor chief Bob LaCroix said that the company looks forward to developing a bold vision for the precinct that accommodates the growing demand for passenger rail service and outlines a framework for development that can reshape the Philadelphia skyline.
In addition to the current project, Drexel is also developing its Innovation Neighbourhood project on 12 acres of its campus adjacent to 30th Street station.
Drexel University president John A Fry said the 30th Street precinct is critical because it bridges Philadelphia’s business centre with the intellectual hub of University City.
"We’re pleased to be able to add SOM’s experience and vision to the master planning process," Fry said.
Brandywine Realty Trust CEO and president Gerard H Sweeney said: "We look forward to working with this talented planning team on this transformational effort for the Philadelphia region. This project creates enormous economic development potential for the city and Brandywine is proud to participate in the planning process."
The joint master plan is expected to be developed in two years.
Image: The 30th Street station precinct of Philadelphia. Photo: courtesy of Amtrak.