Surrounded by Drexel University, University of Pennsylvania, Hahnemann University Hospital, and a mixed-use development named Science Center, this site is poised for development. A mixed-use community center will connect these disparate pieces. At full build-out, the site will consist of 2.5 million square feet of retail, office, and residential space wrapped around parking. The retail consists of a 50,000 square foot grocery store, which is a much-needed addition to this food desert community. A K-8 school, adjacent to Drexel University’s new School of Education to encourage a symbiotic relationship, is also planned. The end result is a pedestrian-focused plan with realistic phased implementation strategies.
Partnerships with the startup world have changed how universities invest in cities.
On a 14-acre urban site next to Drexel University, Wexford and the Science Center essentially will be creating a mini-neighborhood out of whole cloth.
Wexford unveiled expansion plans for the University City Science Center into a live-work neighborhood with offices, labs, apartments, retail, and a square.
An op-ed in Forbes cites the University City neighborhood as a huge draw for the tech and retail giant.