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Another tower is set to sprout along South Broad St.

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Blatstein Now Plans for Vertical Piazza on South Broad Street



Bart Blatstein has changed up his plans for the northeast corned of Broad Street and Washington Avenue. Those of you clamoring for more height and density may have gotten your wish. The plan now calls for a 30-story building filled with about 800 residential units with retail possibilities — think of it as a vertical Piazza at Schmidt's but on South Broad Street. When first announced, the idea was to build a large 45-foot tall retail complex complete with a Wegman's grocery store, movie theater and room for 1,000 parking spacing. The model has now changed and Blatstein credits the success of Carl Dranoff for one of the reasons we're seeing a new vision for the long derelict lot that used to hold outdoor showings of Cirque du Soleil. He told the Philadelphia Business Journal: 'Carl [Dranoff] has done a great job creating South Broad as a residential destination and I'm piggy-backing on Carl and all of the other developers who have done development around there.'
The old proposal: Now with 100% more tower!





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Blatstein Plans Soaring 33-Story Complex on South Broad



It's really go big to go home for Bart Blatstein at the long-vacant lot on the NE corner of Broad and Washington Ave. With the presentation last night in Hawthorne, it's clear that Bart's goin' mega-big, especially as his unlikely his casino project will make the cut. Blatstein's plan is to create a "town center" type development packed with (eventually) two residential towers filled with between 500-800 units each, a huge amenity deck, multi-story retail experiences and even a grocery store. If all goes well, Blatstein envisions a start date sometime before or around "June 2015."

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Beyer Blinder Belle is the team behind the design, which features a complex 4-story retail component, an amenity deck on top of that and two residential towers. Long strips of retail with varying facades will front both South Broad Street and Washington Avenue. There will also be interior retail, mainly the grocery store that's set back within the complex and also a space for a large retailer on the third floor, which would have its own dedicated parking lot on the third floor as well (think SuperFresh at the Piazza). Blatstein envisions multiple restaurant spaces, a bike shop and possible a day spa to be part of the retail mix.

As for the residential element, it would rise "20- to 28- stories" above the 4-story retail aspect and be completed in two phases. The first tower would rise on the NW corner of the lot at Broad and Carpenter Street. The second would be at the corner of 13th and Washington Avenue.

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