New CHOP Primary Care Facility Opens on Market Street in West Philly

Market Street in West Philadelphia is undergoing a facelift. That means both new towers and new tenants realized through development by major institutions. Example A: the Science Center recently announced plans to construct its first residential tower ever at 3601 Market St., and has already broken ground at 3737 Market St. on an 11-story tower with office space, retail, and new beds for Penn Presbyterian. Example B: The City recently demolished a string of mixed-use buildings near 46th & Market, right next to the El Station to make way for an development from the Enterprise Center.

Tower coming to 3601 Market

And there are more examples. The Police are slated to move into the attractive Provident Mutual building at 46th & Market in the near future. And most recently, the Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pediatric Center, a new Primary Care Center affiliated with The Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania (CHOP), opened at 48th & Market, keeping West Philly kids healthier and making the neighborhood a little more colorful. In addition to pediatric services, the center will offer various community programming. It opened this month, and staff will arrive in phased time frames, with the grand opening celebration taking place yesterday.

The sign outside
Front door
A wonderful building

We first wrote about the $30M expansion project two falls ago. Then the lot was a vacant parcel. Today there stands a 52K sqft state-of-the-art facility fronted by a glass façade that’s adorned with various colorful panes, with shades of purple, yellow and green. This building and its surrounding landscaping radiate optimism. That seems like a powerful welcoming message to kids seeking the help of the doctors, nurses and staff within. And with CHOP eyeing a much larger expansion project on Schuylkill Avenue behind Naval Square, Philadelphia is clearly laying foundations to improve its already strong reputation for outstanding healthcare.

–Lou Mancinelli