Construction begins for phase one of Cira Centre South

Site preparation for Cira South tower
In July we reported on the revived plans for Cira Centre South, a twin project of the original Cira Centre developed by Brandywine Realty Trust.

The next phase in the Cira Centre development, Cira Centre South is now underway. Site prep has begun for a student residential tower at 30th and Chestnut streets.

According to the building permit issued to the developers, the residential tower will rise 36 floors, with 35 floors designated for apartment space and the first floor set aside for retail.

Site prep for Cira South construction

Plans for Cira Centre South include an already completed parking garage with ground floor retail, a mixed-use office tower on Walnut Street and the student residential tower on Chestnut.

The University of Pennsylvania has already agreed to lease space for the tower on Walnut, which is rumored to begin construction later this year.

Brandywine completed construction of the original Cira Centre at 29th and Arch streets in 2006. Plans began in 2007 for the construction of Cira Centre South, but the recession stalled the project.

Site prep for Cira South tower

Cira Center South is just one of three significant projects Brandywine Realty Trust has planned for Philadelphia. Brandywine currently has plans for a 25-story residential building at 20th and Market streets and a 22- to 27-story office tower at the corner of 19th and Arch streets.

Last year Brandywine Realty Trust was able to secure $1.2 billion in financing that has allowed construction to begin on the Chestnut residential tower.

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