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30th Street Station. Photo | Jeff Fusco

30th Street Station. Photo | Jeff Fusco

After the planning process for the 175-acre area surrounding 30th Street Station officially kicked off in January, the Philadelphia 30th Street Station District Plan is starting to take shape.

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.

Here’s the gist from Saksa:

The diagrams are divided into three themes: “Central Business District 2” (CBD 2), a Center City-meets-University City Science Center type office district featuring a Schuylkill-fronting park above a decked-over I-76; “Schuylkill Crossing”, a more residential, mixed-use neighborhood emphasizing multi-modal transportation, and; “Innovation City”, an R&D campus matching Drexel’s “Innovation Neighborhood” that uses innovative building design to bridge rail yards centered around a centrally-located public space modeled after Chicago’s Millennium Park.

Catch a glimpse of the diagrams over at PlanPhilly. Again, the meeting is tonight from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 30th Street Station and public feedback, positive or negative, is needed, as the thoughts on each diagram will be used to help further define the plan into one singular vision. Can’t make the meeting? Send your feedback via email.

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