A massive outdoor food and flea market combined with an events space has been proposed for the huge eyesore of a vacant lot on the northeast corner of Broad and Washington, where Cirque du Soleil used to set up.
The South Broad Street Neighbors Association will hear a proposal for The Philadelphia Arts Market tomorrow night, Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. at Methodist Hospital, 2301 S. Broad St., in the Morgan Conference Room on the basement level. To be clear, this project is in its infancy and not a done deal.
The market, which would operate on weekends from March to September, would “feature dozens of craft makers, farmers market and flea market vendors, the city’s best food trucks, and a stage for area student and musical performances (School of Rock, University of the Arts etc).”
Elisabeth Garson, a freelance creative director who is spearheading the initiative, said the proposal would also include space for city Rec Department programming, outdoor yoga, a kids corner, and business sponsored tents.
Garson said she has submitted the proposal to owner Hudson River Capital, which she said is not opposed to the idea. That must mean Hudson has no immediate plans to develop the land, so this proposal sounds like a fantastic stop-gap measure.
The proposal included two alternate sites in case Hudson balks, both on Columbus Boulevard, one at Reed Street and the other at Oregon Avenue. Garson noted that market hopes to eventually own a permanent space that would eventually include indoor vending spaces.
To see most of the proposal (a large pdf), click here: PhilaArtsMarket1
This could be pretty great, don’t you think?