Council member introduces zoning change for Schuylkill Yards project

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Artist's rendering of the future view looking northwest toward University City. Schuylkill Yards will be built in phases designed by different architects over time.

City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell has proposed legislation that would rezone an area west of 30th Street Station to allow the earliest phases of the Schuylkill Yards redevelopment project planned by Brandywine Realty Trust and Drexel University to begin.

The legislation was introduced by Blackwell, whose district includes the development site, and referred to the council's rules committee on Sept. 29, according to the city's website.

The bill would change the zoning of the area occupied by the Bulletin newspaper building and its parking lot, as well as a section just to the north across John F. Kennedy Boulevard, from industrial to high-density commercial-mixed-use.

Brandywine and Drexel have said they hoped to begin the Schuylkill Yards project, which is to eventually involve the development of about eight million square feet of mixed-use real estate, with the conversion of the Bulletin building's parking lot into a landscaped open space, followed by the renovation of the building itself.

The development's first new construction project would be a tower of labs and offices on the parcel to the north, the partners have said.