Getting in the ground for the Museum Towers II project took quite some time, so it's a little jarring to see that construction is moving along so rapidly. It was back in 2012 that we first told you about plans to replace a surface parking lot between 18th & 19th, Buttonwood Street & Mattias Baldwin Park with a residential tower and some homes, but it was two years before the project even went before Civic Design Review. Finally, last summer, we discovered that developers Forest City had started construction, with a pile of fresh dirt announcing that the project was underway.
Passing by last week, we discovered so much progress.
Maybe you love surface parking lots, but if you're a regular reader of this blog you know we aren't into 'em. So we rejoiced a couple years back, when Parkway Corporation, one of the biggest parking lot owners in Philadelphia, partnered with the Hanover Company with plans to redevelop two surface parking lots on opposing corners at Broad & Callowhill. At the time, we predicted that we'd be offering more information in the near future, and we somehow haven't checked in on the property in the time that's passed since then. But better late than never, eh? Currently, both the southeast and southwest corner are in the early stages of construction.
For the past three years, we've anxiously read about and watched the slow development of the Philadelphia Temple of the Church of the Latter Day Saints (LDS Church) at 17th & Vine. At a time that so many religious buildings are facing the wrecking ball, it's a refreshing change of pace to cover a one that's actually being built. The temple is part of a three-building development by the church which is clearly aiming to make a statement of arrival and permanence in our fair city. The other two buildings include a meetinghouse and a 32-story tower of apartments lined with a few rowhomes on the bottom. Last week, the temple development site reached a major milestone when the pinnacle of the building (and, in fact, every Mormon temple), the Angel Moroni, was placed on top of the building's higher east-facing spire. Take a look:
It's only been like two months since we last checked in on the large mixed-use project at 22nd & Hamilton that was once called as Rodin Square and is now known as Dalian on the Park. This project replaces an unattractive Best Western hotel and is best known as the future home of the relocated Callowhill Whole Foods Market. Along with Whole Foods and a CVS, the building, designed by MV+A Architects, will also have almost 300 apartments and about 500 parking spots. Over the last couple of months, the project has made some nice progress.
A slice of Philadelphia culture, 23rd Street Cafe hosted jazz jam sessions every Tuesday night for the last twenty-five years. For a great story about the history of this institution, read this Inquirer story from over the summer. If you read the story a few months ago, you still had the chance to check out a jam session at 233 N. 23rd St., an older building pretty much next door to an I-676 offramp.
In the past
This was the view looking north, until recently
If you didn't get there by now, you've missed your chance. The business is closed and the building has been demolished.