As we’ve reported quite a bit lately, North Broad has become one of the busier areas of the city in terms of new development. And one of the spots in the area that we absolutely love – the Rail Park – happens to have its “grand” entrance immediately adjacent to this thoroughfare. However, this doorway to one of our favorite civic spots isn’t exactly the most inviting. Plans to spruce up the entrance at N. Broad & Noble St. have been in the works since the park’s conception, with the highlight being a refurbished dining car that would serve as the Park’s headquarters. Up until recently though, it wasn’t exactly the most charming gateway, as the below picture can attest.

Some good-looking plans for the North Broad entrance, with the refurbished trolley car
And the view in the recent past, not quite capturing the same vibe

We are very pleased to report that at least one side of Noble Street will look just a tad different very soon. Progress is well underway at Toll Brothers’ Broad & Noble project, which we last told you about in late 2019. Excavation is moving along for the 18-story building, which will bring 368 units, two retail spaces, and at long last, a public courtyard to freshen up the entrance to the Rail Park. Check out what a massive upgrade is about to head our way.

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View of site looking south from N. Broad
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Lots of digging going on
View of project looking NE from Broad
A much, much more appealing entrance

Toll Brothers is developing this project, which will have plenty of company in the near neighborhood. 545 N. Broad St. is rising just to the north, 13th & Buttonwood is making major progress around the corner, and 1306-14 Callowhill St. is adding even more folks to the area. And with nearly 700 new units just from these projects, it is wonderful that there will be another amenity for the area soon. Let’s take a quick walk, shall we?

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545 N. Broad getting some steel
Even more folks and retail space soon
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Current progress at 13th & Buttonwood
Rendering of the overbuild
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1306-14 Callowhill just around the corner
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How about a couple hundred more park-goers?

Oh, and let’s add some action to the rumor mill. According to an Instagram post from the West Poplar Neighbors Association, the proposed Mural Lofts tower down the block will be moving forward soon. We last discussed this huge tower that’s expected to rise at the northeast corner of Broad & Spring Garden a couple years back, and now it seems that momentum is finally pointing towards some movement for this transit-oriented development. Add in the giant LVL North project going up right across the street (which will also include a Giant, incidentally), and North Broad Street will pick up even more residents in the years to come.

Tower will rise, mural will remain
Proposed tower to rise directly on top of BSL station