Logan Square

Certainly better than two surface parking lots

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.

Angel Moroni was recently placed atop the spire

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:

With pretty renders too

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.

Residential development is on the way

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.

Whole Foods coming sooner

If you've visited the Ben Franklin Parkway at any point in the last year or so, you've probably noticed the large construction site at 22nd & Hamilton where a crappy Best Western hotel once stood. The hotel got demolished a little over a year ago, and a large mixed-use project called Rodin Square is rising in its place. We first told you about this plan about three years ago and last visited the site this past spring. In March, the project's parking garage had made considerable progress but most of the work on the site was taking place below grade. Only a handful of steel girders were visible at 22nd & Spring Garden.

As you can imagine, things have changed significantly in a little over half a year.