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CHOP moving forward with first phase of G-Ho complex

CHOP is moving forward with plans for a 23-story building sandwiched between Schuylkill Avenue, the river and South Street Plaza. The new building – phase 1 of a complex of CHOP buildings –  will house clinical research focused on pediatric health care.

Construction on this building, at the base of the South Street Bridge, should start by summer.

Construction on this building, at the base of the South Street Bridge, should start by summer.

Demolition of the JFK Vocational School that currently sits in that spot is scheduled for February to June of next year. During the demolition phase, there will be lane and sidewalk closures. Construction will begin in mid-2014, and will be completed by the end of 2016.

A “shadow study” of the building revealed that in the winter months there will be a shadow over the river. During the summer, the building will cast smaller shadows in the afternoon over the residential area to the east of the building.

The revised plans were presented earlier this month to the South of South Neighbors Association.

The entire proposed complex, to be completed years from now

The entire proposed complex, to be completed years from now

There will be a space at the bottom of the building for a cafe – Au Bon Pan, or similar, says CHOP Senior Vice President Doug Carney. It will be open to the public. Carney promised to  explore the possibility of having the 500  parking spaces open to the community during nights and weekends.

The building will be made of “ fritted glass,” which has a pocked, textured look. So, says Carney, don’t worry about birds crashing into it.

And no, this project is not to be confused with the new CHOP facility/library/health and rec center that is coming to Broad and Morris. In fact, that library should be closing any day now.

- Shannon Palus, @shanpalus

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