The University City Science Center’s empire could soon expand in a serious way.
The research park has slowly been adding buildings — like last fall’s 3737 Market Street tower and the in-progress residential project at 3601 Market Street — but this move would be the most significant expansion to date: a potential addition of 4 million square feet, which would double the Science Center’s footprint. That number “assumes a similar density of buildings and tenants to our existing campus,” said spokeswoman Kristen Fitch. “Future expansion is dependent on the mix of tenants we attract.”
These opportunities include development of the former University City High School (UCHS) site, adjacent to the Science Center, and the three remaining open parcels on the Science Center’s existing campus: 3400, 3800 and 3850 Market Street.
The expansion would be in partnership with developer Wexford Science + Technology, a frequent Science Center partner. It’s another step in realizing a vision for a so-called “Innovation District” in University City.