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Chestnut Street Crosswalk: The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) review process is ongoing for the design of a new mid-block crosswalk between 32nd and 33rd Streets to improve pedestrian safety. Construction of the crosswalk will be federally funded by a $1 million grant administered through the PennDOT Transportation Alternatives Program. The project is going through the normal reviews at PennDOT.

Façade Renovations: In keeping with both the University‚Äôs goals of maintaining its buildings and citywide mandates for regular repairs to facades over six stories or 65 feet in height, professionals have been engaged to inspect and document repairs for a series of buildings with inspection reports due in June 2022.

Third-Party Project Updates as of January 2021

Arlen Specter US Squash Center (US Squash): Construction to convert the Armory into a national center for US Squash reached substantial completion in December; contractors are expected to be onsite through April installing signage and completing signage and finish work.  Click here for more details.

College of Medicine Location at Tower Health (developer: Equus Capital Partners): Tower Health is constructing a 180,000-square-foot building West Reading, of which 120,000 SF will be occupied by the Drexel University College of Medicine at Tower Health. On behalf of Drexel, Tower Health is partnering with Equus Capital Partners to redevelop a site located 0.6 miles from Reading Hospital. The project is under construction and on track for completion in time for the 2021-22 academic year.

Drexel Academic Tower at University City High School Site (Wexford Science & Technology): Wexford is developing a new Academic Tower on the former University City High School site that will house the College of Nursing and Health Professions and various academic and administrative functions of the College of Medicine, relocating them to University City under a long-term lease agreement with Wexford. The building will total about 460,000 rentable square feet, within which Drexel will have an approximate 29-year lease. Construction began in July 2020, with substantial completion delivery expected mid-2022. We are coordinating with both colleges on the best timing for their move-in once the project is substantially complete. Read more in this DrexelNow article.

Schuylkill Yards (Brandywine Realty Trust): Brandywine is nearing substantial completion of current renovations in the Bulletin Building. Spark Therapeutics is finalizing the fit out of floors 3 and 4. They are anticipated to be complete in Q2 2021. The main lobby is currently under renovation. SEPTA's Headhouse adjacent to Drexel Square has been demolished and is under construction.

Brandywine has completed the construction documents for the West Tower on JFK Boulevard and is preparing to start construction in the next few months. The 570,000 SF project will deliver 326 luxury rental residences, 200,000 SF of life science/innovative office space, 29,000 SF of indoor/outdoor amenity space, and 9,000 SF of retail to the neighborhood. Construction has begun. The contractor is mobilized, and early drilling for foundations has commenced. There is an anticipated project completion date of October 2023.

In addition to some laboratory presence in the West Tower, Brandywine is preparing for a new stand-alone lab building at the corner of 31st and Market Streets (3151 Market Street), forecasting a construction start of late spring 2021. The architectural firm Gensler has completed construction documents for this new standalone research facility, to be located at the intersection of JFK and Market Streets, on the former Santander Bank building site, in combination with the 3101R parking garage, across from the Drexel-owned Firestone building site. Zoning and building permits are being secured now and are anticipated to be complete at the end of April 2021. The building will accommodate approximately 450,000 SF of lab and lab-support spaces. Brandywine is actively negotiating with a significant lead tenant from the bio-science field.