Another Firm Moving To The Navy Yard




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  1. More Nutter \”job growth\” – where existing Philadelphia businesses get special tax breaks at the Navy Yard, just to stay in the City (which they would otherwise leave for localities with lower tax burdens). So who will fill their spot at the Cira Center? A non-profit? Nobody?

  2. Lets just move Comcast and every other major employer down there. Gut center city till it is a ghost town. I guess that it is keeping businesses in the city that might have moved out. But it is leaving big holes to fill in other parts of the city. The Navy Yard should be used to bring in new businesses that are not sure if they want to be in a downtown setting.

  3. This is the epitome of the Navy Yard Planning failures. Encouraging businesses to leave the centralized, well planned areas with public transit access, for a new suburban sprawl style office park that is only accessible by car.

  4. Contrary to several of the above comments, this development represents a significant success for the city and the Navy Yard. The tenant in this case, Franklin Square Partners, is leaving a 15,000 square foot space at Cira Centre and will be leasing an entire new building of 80,050 square feet at the Navy Yard. it is true that they currently are eligible for KOIZ benefits at Cira and this will continue at 201 Rouse Boulevard. however, the significant growth of high-wage jobs being created by this firm is real as is the $25 million all private investment in the building by Liberty Property Trust. The space being vacated at Cira will quickly be relet, as trophy quality space is currently very scarce in Center City. in fact, this was one reason the firm sought a location at the Yard. Center City is not in peril. We, in fact, will likely see new high-rise office construction be announced there within the next 12 months dur to tenant demand. it is perhaps time for us to have confidence in the fact that Philadelphia and Center City have matured to the point where the city is capable of supporting multiple centers of significant economic activity. Centers which do not threaten one another, but rather, reinforce the city as a compelling location for a diverse cross section of business.

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