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3 big University City, East Kensington mixed-uses head to design review

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Woods Square, Penn Medicine Tower, and University of the Sciences dorms

Three large mixed-use developments are scheduled to go to the Civic Design Review on Tuesday, August 2 and have released renderings ahead of the meeting.

First up is Woods Square, a mixed-use development proposed for 2621-67 Frankford Avenue that was initially scheduled to go to the CDR in July. Not much, if anything, has changed from its first design proposal that we wrote about in June.

The plans call for a 176,000-square-foot retail and residential development that will include 20,000 square feet of commercial space on the ground level, 14,500 square feet of office space, and 178 residential units on top of retail.

Next on the docket is 3600 Civic Center Boulevard Tower on Penn’s campus in University City. The 2.4-acre site is currently a parking garage and open space where the university hospital plans to build 484,773-square-foot mixed-use tower called the UPHS Center for Healthcare Technology.

Designed by Perkins + Will, the architecture firm behind Penn’s Biomedical Research Building, the proposal calls for a glass, aluminum, and concrete 18-story structure. The renderings are below.

Not far from Penn’s proposed tower is the next design proposal for the University of the Sciences’ mixed-use project to build a dormitory and classrooms on the site of the now-shuttered Alexander Wilson Public School at 4514-22 Woodland Avenue.

We wrote about this proposed project in April, after architects Design Collective presented initial renderings at a community meeting. At the time, the project was in the preliminary stages and renderings were not made public.

The proposal calls for a 44,340-square-foot mixed-use development that will make use of the existing school structure. The U-shaped building will be a mix of brick, metal paneling, and aluminum. The renderings are below.

The Civic Design Review is tomorrow, August 2, and 1 p.m. at 1515 Arch Street.