The district plan represented an opportunity to create a compelling, modern civic vision for the area around the 30th Street Station, which serves Amtrak, SEPTA and NJ TRANSIT. With the monumental rail station, built in 1933, at its core, the district plan supports the station’s role as an intermodal transportation hub and community center.
The SOM team, which also includes OLIN and HR&A Advisors, was selected by Amtrak, Drexel University, and Brandywine Realty Trust, with the goal of creating a dynamic, urban neighborhood surrounding the station, including opportunities for community development, economic development, and transit-oriented development. A wide range of commercial opportunities, including retail spaces within the station and the potential development of air rights above approximately 85 acres of rail yards adjacent to the station, were considered.
In addition to members from the SOM team, the district plan was guided by a coordinating committee that includes the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, City of Philadelphia, NJ TRANSIT, CSX Corporation, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation, Schuylkill River Development Corporation, and University City District. The effort was funded by Drexel University and its partners.