Philadelphia's next big building vision
To get more info and perhaps some deeper description of the project itself, I turned for expert opinion to PhillySkyline, which has done a great job of covering all sorts of large construction proposals around the city. Turns out Brad did a great overview of the project back in September (you may need to reload the link to end up in the right spot), looking at what this space represents in context, what the project would offer, and all the unknowns along the way. Among the assets of the plan, he notes
retail where there is currently nothing, public access to the Schuylkill River Park where there is currently controversy with CSX, a muffler over CSX's noisy, stinky trains, two hotels in a city that is sorely underserved, an Olympic sized pool, a skating rink, a Jetsons-age people mover from River City across the river and to 30th Street Station, and a totally changed skylineAlso helpful is the version of the site sketch included there, as it is a view from the NW that shows how naturally this project links up with the other JFK buildings. I don't blame the neighbors for their concerns (more on that here), but it seems like this might be a pretty good start on the inevitable development of Philadelphia's major downtown strip and of the linkage between Center City and West Philly that is a dream of many. I'll be intrigued to hear more as the developers clarify their ideas.