US Navy Considering Permission For Residential Use In Navy Yard

 

Deal with the Navy would allow for the conversion of facilities like this to lofts. | Photo: Plan Philly

Deal with the Navy would allow for the conversion of facilities like this to lofts. | Photo: Plan Philly

  • While extending the Broad Street Line remains the prerequisite for a fully realized office park at the Navy Yard, officials, says Plan Philly, have taken notice of some extant assets by which to fuel the former military installation’s steady growth. Senior Vice President of Navy Yard Management William Agate says the PIDC is in talks with the Navy to amend the transfer of deed agreements which prohibited the residential use of facilities.  A property swap—the Navy still retains a few buildings—is also being entertained. Rather than allocating a few contiguous blocks to apartments and condos, as the 2004 master plan suggested, the current thinking intermingles the residential throughout the Yard, in part by the adaptive reuse of some of the district’s 270 historic buildings. “At the outset, they’re envisioning mixed-use housing targeted to the younger population of people in their 20’s and 30’s who work at the URBN campus, GlaxoSmithKline, and other companies.”
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