Despite having rich cultural neighborhoods like Washington Square and China Town, an outstanding transit infrastructure, and attractions like Independence Mall, the Convention Center, and other historic sites, Market East continues to struggle to live up to its full potential, and the city itself consistently lacks in pushing for positive drastic change. There have been many case studies on how to revive the district but still very little action and a lot of opinion.
Much Improved rendering
The project is being co-developed by the Dr. Manus Hirschfeld Fund (dmh), and Pennrose Properties. The six- story building will be located at 13th and Locust Streets. It will contain 56 one-bedroom units, a 5,000 square-foot enclosed courtyard, and multipurpose spaces that residents and the larger community can use. Nearly 2,000 square-feet of retail space will front 13th street, Construction is said to be completed by late 2013.
The three projects that received funding are;
Manayunk Bridge- awarded $500,000 toward developing a multi-use trail on the historic concrete bridge that spans the Schuylkill River connecting Philadelphia and Lower Merion Township, providing a link between the Cynwood Heritage Trail and the Schuylkill River Trail. The $3.5 million project is divided by a unique arrangement between SEPTA, Lower Merion Township and the City of Philadelphia. As owner of the bridge, SEPTA has leased the structure to Lower Merion Township, leaving the construction portion to the City of Philadelphia. Maintenance will be divided between the City and Lower Merion. The City has obtained $3.15 million of the estimated $3.5 million through a combination of sources. Construction will begin in late 2013.
The $2.5 million plaza designed by Matthews Nielsen Landscape Architects, will now sport plenty of seating for museum and hospital employees and visitors to relax and commune, new trees and shrubs all planted around a curving permeably paved path, surrounding a newly sodded lawn.
Phase II Penn Connects Expansion
The Associación de Puertorriqueños en Marcha (APM) has partnered with the Jonathan Rose Companies, of New York, and Wallce, Roberts and Todd to develop Paseo Verde. Meaning "green way" in Spanish, Paseo Verde is to be major new mixed-use development at 9th and Berks, in Lower North Philadelphia with slated completion for summer 2013. The 1.9-acre brownfield site will be replaced with a 120 Transit Village Residences for low and moderate income families, 67 market-rate and 53 affordable housing one, two and three-bedroom apartments. The mix use will also include about 30k sqft of commercial space, which includes a health center operated by Public Health Management Corporation and new headquarters for (APM). The remainder of the commercial space will be used as a community center for residents to congregate, host meetings, and access technological resources.