Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Alan Greenberger told PGCB that The Provence had the most potential if executed as proposed.
Blatstein said he will build the project in a single phase, as proposed: A Hotel in the towered, Broad Street portion of the former Inquirer Building; a second-story gaming floor in the former newsroom and in new construction stretching back to 16th Street; retail and restaurants fronting on Callowhill and a roof-top village with a swim club and entertainment and music venues. An existing 820- car parking between 16th and 17th on Callowhill stays, but will be connected to the complex vie pedestrian bridge over 16th Street.
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The ground floor is designed to fully engage walkers and commuters, recognizing how vital the venue will be to the vitality of the East Market Street corridor. Market Street will be very transparent, with doorways, tables and outdoor seating that will allow 8th and Market to become an attractive social place to meet for lunch, dinner, or coffee, creating energy and excitement at all hours of the day.
The new rendering features a 168-room hotel tower that will include a spa, fitness club and entertainment terrace with views of the Delaware River. The first four floor will be visually and physically connected by escalators shaped around a focal 4 story digital video feature. The second and third floors are dedicated to casino space with bars, fine and casual dining, live entertainment, VIP gaming and lounges. The fourth floor includes a concert hall/multi-purpose venue which will accommodate live performances, banquets, meetings, and boxing, a poker room, and 2-story lounge with dining and dancing. The fifth floor will be the hotel reception area and lounges.
All floors are focused around a dramatic central atrium and the higher floors are surrounded by outdoor terraces with vistas overlooking Eighth, Ninth and Market Streets and the cityscape beyond.
If the City Council votes this fall, as expected, to establish the land bank, Philadelphia will join a number of other cities that have adopted plans like it to encourage buyers who are committed to making improvements, instead of speculators, to acquire tax-delinquent properties. To keep property from speculators who might sit on it for years without improving it, the land bank would insist that buyers were current on taxes, had no history of code violations and had the resources to make promised changes.
If Philadelphia moves forward with this, it will serve as a good model for many American cites affected by urban blight and loss of industry.
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The Complex will be known as the LoSo Entertainment Center (short for Lower South). it would sit adjacent to PHL Local Gaming's proposed Casino Revolution, on land that the Lower South District Comprehensive Plan identifies as the Food District area. About 25 acres are currently owned by Procacci, with additional acreage now owned by the city. The complex would be next to the casino, between the stadium Complex, public park land, and FDR Park Colf Club in the west, and the Delaware river in the east.
PHL Local spokesman Bruce Crawley, says there will be no loss of any existing jobs, at Procacci or other industrial tenants within the development footprint. He says they will work with the city to have those jobs moved, businesses transferred, within the South Philadelphia community. Developers believe the project would create a unique attraction that would appeal to local residents, as well as to visitors to the City of Philadelphia. Visitors however would not have to actually enter the casino, itself, to participate in the Center's attractions.
The entertainment project is predicated on receiving the license because it would benefit from the casino and hotel, which Canfora said would "serve as a transformative catalyst for the overall Lower South District of the City of Philadelphia, enhancing economic impact and creating jobs and business opportunities.
Wynn would not be bound by the Central Delaware Master Plan should he be granted the license. If that happens, the city would place special casino zoning on the Richmond Street and Delaware Avenue parcel, which overrides underlying zoning, including the overlay.
Dranoff will apply for for a final zoning permit from Licenses & inspections as soon as the CDR Committee submits documentation of the meeting, which is likely to happen over the next few weeks.
The Committee applauded the developer for putting the parking facilities, containing 153 spaces, underground. It also recommended that the developers consider removing some of the pedestrian entrances into the courtyard of the project and widening others. Final approval has not yet been granted, more community meetings are planned.
The different zoning districts have different requirements and limitations for things like parking and density, and the multi-family project would require variances in either one. The project includes 30 underground parking spaces and 57 bicycle parking spaces. The local Fishtown Neighbors Association voted in support of the project as a whole, but surrounding neighbors opposed the project due to parking concerns.
Paula Brumbelow, a representative of the Planning Commission, said that the Commission supports the granting of the variances for both the residential units and the fitness center, but asked that the developer continue to work on mitigating parking congestion.
In a few weeks on October 1, Philadelphia musician and sound designer Michael Kiley and his ensemble, The Mural and the Mint, will release Animina: A Race Street Pier Sound Walk. Kiley used recorded sounds found along the river- including the train whistle, and wrote lyrics and music that play on themes related to the river, the pier, and the city's overarching goal for the pier and other Central Delaware projects, "Re-linking the city to the riverfront."
Artist: Michael Kiley
The music can be accessed through the use of a $.99 cell phone app and GPS technology. The song changes while the listener walks from 2nd and Race streets in Old City to the end of the Pier and back again. For example, the lyrics "In front of you/ at the end of the road/ is someone you once lost long ago," will be heard as " Is someone you once lost long ago/ in front of you/ at the end of the road" when the listener walks in the opposite direction.
The app's use of GPS limits user ability to requiring people to physically visit the Pier and Race Street Connector to fully experience Kiley's art. It forces users to visit the neighborhood to experience the art. The concept could prove successful, leading to future adaptations to other sites along the river.
The City of Philadelphia is scheduled to roll out its new bike sharing program some time in late summer of 2014. The network will work similar to systems in cities from Washington, New York, toronto, London, and Paris. It will comprise of 150 to 200 bike share stations. The city will locate 1,500 to 2,000 bicycles available for short-term rental. the rental system is structured in a way that allows for a bike to be picked up from one station and returned to any other station, given there is space. The idea is that people will be able to use the bikes to commute, run an errand, tour the city or get some exercise.
According to PlanPhilly Mayor Nutter has already committed $3 million in capital budget funding toward bike share, and those leading the endeavor expect building the bike share network to cost $10 million to $15 million. the remaining funding is expected to come from state and federal transportation grants as well as some private funds. Once the system is up and running it is expected to be self sufficient and will not require any public operating subsidy. Philadelphia's bike share is projected to generate nearly 2 million trips per year with residents, commuters, students and visitors taking part. Thousands of users are expected each day. The stations will be located throughout the city from the Delaware River west into West Philly and from The Navy Yard north beyond Temple University's main campus.
Members of the Olde Richmond Civic Association overwhelmingly in a 191-20 voted voiced their support for the proposed Wynn Resorts riverfront casino at 2055 Richmond Street. Wynn likely appealed to the desire of the neighborhood to create a brand for itsELf while also offering beautiful public space, and unadulterated views of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge.
In addition to 2,500 slot machines and 100 game tables, the resort will contain luxurious hotel suites, spa, restaurants, a 30,000-square foot nightclub, green space that includes a dog park, ice cream stand, skating rink and other features. The $900 million Wynn Philadelphia casino would be the largest private development min the history of Pennsylvania.
Today the Zoning Board of Adjustment met to consider granting two variances and one special exception to Brandywine Realty Trust for their proposed residential tower at 1919 Market street.
Ridge Flats finally received a green light by the Zoning Board of Adjustments last Wednesday Afternoon. The 146-unit apartment complex at 4300 Ridge Avenue in East falls will contain some retail space on the ground floor, as well as 120 above-grade parking spaces. parking is kept above ground due to the property's location in the 100 year floodplain.
Although under the East falls zoning overlay, the project requires 695 parking spaces – four spots for every 1,000 feet of commercial space, no one, including the East Falls Development Corporation thinks that amount is necessary. The developer said the retail uses will be community-based and geared toward pedestrians.
The building will be the largest "passive house" in the country. Onion Flats' Tim McDonald explains that in passive houses, energy usage can be reduced by as much as 90 percent just by the way the "thermal envelope' is designed.
The one- and two- bedroom apartments at Ridge Flats will likely range in price from $1,300 to $2,000 a month. The developers plan to pull permits and begin construction next spring.
Franklin Square signed a long-term lease for the entire building, located on about 4 acres next to the Courtyard by Marriott that is currently under construction at 201 Rouse Boulevard. "We are excited to keep our headquarters in Philadelphia and to join the growing community at the Navy Yard," said Michael Forman, founder and CEo of Franklin Square.
The new headquarters will have views of both the new park and Philadelphia's skyline, a café-style restaurant, a multi-use exercise facility, conference facilities, and floor plans full of natural light and designed to foster team interaction. Liberty and Synterra expect to begin construction next month and complete the building in the first quarter of 2015.
Paul Levy, president and CEO of Philadelphia's Center City District reflects on his past attempt to re-imagine the city's grand diagonal boulevard as a higher-density urban space. An unsuccessful attempt, however from that, the re-pedestrianizing of the parkway caught on. The current plan by Harris Steinberg, founding executive director of PennPraxis, considers how to connect the boulevard into the life of the city. Dubbed "More Park, Less Way", the plan focuses on turning four parcels of underutilized open space into lively neighborhood parks with amenities such as yoga, volleyball, chess boards, food kiosks and cultural programming. The aim is to make the parkway as enticing a destination for city residents and tourists.
The question that remains now after its been cleaned up is "What do we want it to be?" says Michael DiBerardinis, the city's deputy mayor for environmental and community resources and commissioner of the Department of Parks and Recreation. As Philadelphia continues to work toward being America's Next Great City, it's grandest boulevard for sure must stand well against any of its counterparts around the world. Read more at WSJ.com
Designers added a swath of landscaped public space to run through the property with hopes that it will draw people from the neighborhoods through the property, and down to the river. Some roofs would offer additional green space. The developers also hope that the early phases of the development will not only create demand for later phases, but would also spur other development along the Central Delaware.
According to PlanPhilly, Tim McDonald of Onion Flats told the CDR Committee that the project will include 9,300 square feet of retail space, most of which is intended to be frequented by pedestrians in the neighborhood, not destination outlets that people would want to drive to. A "cafe and lookout" are planned for the corner of Kelly Drive and Calumet Street. The building will also have green roofs and a rain garden.
The Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation disclosed at a meeting Tuesday Night to Chinatown residents that it will pull building permits and begin construction on the Eastern Tower in the next six to nine months. Easter Tower will be a 23-story mixed-use apartment complex and community center at 10th and Vine streets.
The building, designed by KlingStubbins and Lisa Armstrong of A K Architecture, will contain 143 residential units, 31 of which will be affordable for "moderate income" households earning up to 80 percent of the Area Median Income. The market-rate apartments will rent for around $1,700 for a one-bedroom and $2,500 for a two-bedroom. The developers are still rounding up funding for the project, estimated to cost $71 million.
The project will include 10,000 square feet of retail space, plus banquet and recreational space to be available to the community. the cost to operate the community center is estimated at $255,000 yearly, and John Chin, PCDC Director, promised that recreational space and community services will always be available to community members.
Drexel initiated the rail yard possibility because it is in the construction and planning stages of a list of projects around 30th Street Station, in hopes of transforming the neighborhood into a transit-oriented "Innovation Neighborhood" for education, research, technology and commercial entities. the university is adding commercial space, a hotel, student housing and classroom space. it hopes to bring some of the companies its students do cooperative study with into the neighborhood for both student work experiences and joint research. It is also opening space up to other universities in the city and around the world. Drexel will act as a Master planner for this project, but will have many other public and private partners.
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