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Penn's South Bank

Located south of the Schuylkill River at the intersection of 34th Street and Grays Ferry Avenue

Phase: Planned

Penn's South Bank is located south of the Schuylkill River at the intersection of 34th Street and Grays Ferry Avenue. This 23 acre former heavy industrial site offers the opportunity to accommodate a variety of uses that support the academic and research mission of both University clients and third party commercial tenants.

The proposed plan for Penn's South Bank provides a long-term view of redevelopment with the understanding that incremental change and evolution will be necessary as the site is transformed. The plan, therefore, is designed to provide a flexible framework of circulation and open space that will organize both existing and future development.

Penn's South Bank anticipates aligning University-related research functions with private commercial enterprises seeking to operate in close proximity to the University and its neighboring institutions. The low density of this site is well suited to emerging research and tech-transfer development opportunities that may be physically impractical to construct in the core areas of University City, but would benefit from close proximity to University initiatives and for-profit companies.

Penn's success in fostering the growth of new companies through technology licensing and through partnerships with Penn and neighboring institutions will benefit from this fertile environment for entrepreneurial growth. Penn's South Bank will allow development that is complementary to the University City Science Center and yet differ in its focus on light industrial, flex-use, and buildings scaled to fit the need for practical commercialization and business opportunities in the region.

Planning and Design Principles
Redevelopment of Penn's South Bank will be informed by the following principles:

  • Create a site framework to accommodate phased development of tech transfer, labs, flex-use, multi-use, offices, warehouse and open space.
  • Establish a system of streets, blocks, and open spaces that optimize development potential and create a vibrant pedestrian environment.
  • Leverage existing infrastructure and build additional infrastructure incrementally.
  • Reserve parcels with riverfront views for future priority development, with a flexible range of uses, including parking on the interior of the site and warehousing/flex use facilities at the western edge.