Standing at the corner of 22nd & Spring Garden, there's a couple of things that should catch your eye.
Most notable is the ongoing demolition effort of the former Best Western Hotel on the southeastern corner. Back in July, we noticed a fence around this property and thought that demolition could soon get started. Looking at this photo, you can see that the building is very much coming down.
It's worth a visit if you have time in the coming weeks, as the destruction of a large building is always something interesting to witness in person. After demolition is finished, Rodin Square will eventually arrive on the scene, containing a new Whole Foods, 293 new apartments, some other retail offerings, and considerably more attractive architecture than the site has enjoyed to this point.
On the southwest corner, there's a new deli and beer spot on the way. Remember, we told you that the space, which was formerly home to Spring Garden Deli, was for rent earlier this year. We spotted signs for a place that will be called the Parkway Corner Deli.
According to Michael Klein, the place will have a tremendous beer list and will also serve panini and burgers. While we recall that the previous tenant had a grocery angle, we don't imagine the new spot will do much grocery, considering the new Whole Foods coming in the next couple of years. Still the beer business is a good one to be in, and we imagine they'll quickly find their niche.