Jerry Sweeney wants big-time changes to Philadelphia’s tax code — and says it will spark much-needed job growth and help the city break its cycle of poverty. If we do nothing, he said, the city is on a path to lose 35,000-40,000 jobs over the next 10 years.
The president of Brandywine Realty Trust, Sweeney is also a leader of the Philadelphia Job Growth Coalition — and he outlined the organization’s plan during a session at ThinkFest 2015.
“With all the great things Philadelphia has going for it, why can we not grow jobs? Why can’t we get more companies to locate downtown?” he said. “We need to match the economic enthusiasm with our cultural, retail and restaurant renaissance.”
He offered these grim stats about Philadelphia: Read more »
As of late, though, Market Street in particular has been abuzz with activity: a newly built-out, mid-century-style La Colombe opened its doors at 6th and Market; upcoming units at a currently being “remodeled elevator building” at 304 Market popped up on Redfin; not to mention, the massive East Market project finally had its foundation poured.
Also recently, Richard Basciano was reported to have sold off his chunk of the 2100 block to Brandywine Realty Trust, the group who may very well have inspired this surge on Market in the first place – anyone remember when 1919 Market was a big ole’ patch of “Will-Someone-Please-Do-Something-With-This?”
Brandywine Realty Trust purchased a swath of land that includes the site of the deadly building collapse near 22nd and Market | Google Street View
It looks as though Richard Basciano, through a company called STB Investment Corp., is selling off his clutch of properties along Market Street West.
Jacob Adelman of The Inquirerreported last week that Brandywine Realty Trust has purchased a massive chunk of the south side of the 2100 block of Market Street for an undisclosed price, including the site of 2013’s fatal building collapse (not the corner property, where the memorial park is planned).
Brandywine Realty Trust, who is in the middle of constructing 1919 Market and overhauling 1900 Market, has not yet indicated what they would build on the site, which is largely used as a parking lot, though Adelman notes that two three-story buildings closer to 21st Street included in the sale will be converted into “rental lofts, shops, and offices.”
It might be blasphemous to say, but much like living with complex human beings, sometimes Philadelphia can be a total pain in the derriere. It’s a city rife with struggle, ugliness, and crime; but also hope, beauty, and folks who will reach out to help you on instinct.
The latter description can be one that falls by the wayside for some of us who’ve lived here long enough. Oddly enough, we didn’t realize this until after having watched Cory J. Popp’s “Philadelphia From Above” video, which made us fall in complete and utter love with the city once more.
A team lead by Amtrak, Brandywine Realty Trust, Drexel University, PennDOT and SEPTA (plus additional public stakeholders) will release three conceptual diagrams at an open house scheduled for tonight from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 30th Street Station.
Each one is an ambitious view into what one of the busiest transportation hubs in the nation could look like in the not-too-distant future. Amtrak gave PlanPhilly’s Jim Saksa a sneak preview of the trio of concepts, which call for capping parts of the railyards or the highway in some fashion.
Commerce Square debuted a new outdoor digital screen that will actually be helpful to the throngs of office workers, commuters and visitors in Center City. Brandywine Realty Trust announced a partnership today with TransitScreen to introduce a digital hub that provides real-time updates on various forms of transportation, including SEPTA and New Jersey Transit schedules, Uber distance times, nearby car share locations and even Indego Bike Share docking info.
Essentially, the one-stop-shop allows you to choose the most convenient form of transportation for whatever trip you’re about to take. CityLab explains that the “goal is to focus on getting city residents to consider all their travel options before they ever leave” and proclaimed that the tech belongs “in every lobby.”
Here’s what that info might look like on the giant LED screen or on a TV in the lobby of the building: Read more »
All signs point towards the redevelopment of the “concrete heap” of a parking garage at 7th and Market into something much different in the future. Brandywine Realty Trust recently dished out $17 million for the building and it quickly became clear thatthey had plans beyond its current set up. In late April, The Inquirer reported that Jerry Sweeney, CEO of Brandywine Realty Trust, said the site could hold up to “600,000 square feet of development.” That’s some big time stuff.
Now, Natalie Kostelni of the Philadelphia Business Journal says that Brandywine has already set the gears in motion to make that a reality, initiating a change in zoning for the mixed-use parking structure. Read more »
UPDATE (04/24, 12:00 p.m.): Gerard Sweeney, CEO of Brandywine Realty Trust, said the company is considering a mixed-use development at this site, according to Jacob Adelman in a business roundup report on Philly.com. While no specific plans are in place, the site “could accommodate at least 600,000 square-feet” of development. That’s a pretty tasty proposition, as Brandywine’s 29-story luxury apartment tower at 1919 Market Street is 455,000 square-feet of space.
ORIGINAL (04/23): It’s confirmed: Brandywine Realty Trust now owns the mixed-use parking garage at 7th and Market Street. According to Joe DiStefano of The Inquirer, the Radnor-based development giant paid $17 million for the “concrete heap” that’s centrally located between a bunch of glossy new projects and Independence Hall. In a separate deal, Brandywine also unloaded $50.75 million worth of office parks in Delaware to Buccini/Pollin Group, including Delaware Corporate Center and Christiana Office Park. Read more »
Independence Blue Cross will lease office space. | Photo: James Jennings
Yesterday’s news was all about the resurgence of Market East, thanks in large part to the massive redevelopment project at The Gallery. Henceforth, it will be known as the Fashion Outlets of Philadelphia. Let’s not forget about all the activity on the west side of Market Street.
Natalie Kostelni of the Philadelphia Business Journal reports that Independence Blue Cross will be taking over a sizable chunk of office space at 1900 Market Street, also known as the Stock Exchange building. Brandywine Realty Trust is renovating building, possibly with Read more »
Two major names on the Philadelphia real estate scene (for very, very different reasons) may have just pulled off a a big time deal near Independence Hall. According to Natalie Kostelni of the Philadelphia Business Journal, Richard Basciano–yes, that Richard Basciano– has sold the property at 618-34 Market Street to Brandywine Realty Trust. Currently, it’s a parking garage with ground-floor retail, including none-other-than Jerry Blavat’s Geater Gold Radio Network as well as a Dunkin’ Donuts and the Suit Corner.