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Make way for progress. Library at Broad and Morris has closed

The Free Library branch at Broad and Morris closed Dec. 31  to make way for the planned multi-use wellness complex being built by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Rendering courtesy of CHOP

New rendering courtesy of CHOP

As we first reported back in April, CHOP plans to tear down the library and adjacent rec center between Broad, 15th, Morris and Castle streets. They will construct a three-story structure to house a new CHOP facility, city health center, library and rec center next to a refurbished playground that adds green space to a part of the neighborhood that desperately needs more.

Bye-bye library

Bye-bye library

It’s an innovative approach to city and health services, with funding almost entirely by a private entity. As CHOP says on its website:

The new health center will allow the City to expand its provision of dental care, prenatal care, mammography and a wide range of other healthcare services for children and adults. Additionally, integrating a health center, a library and a recreation center, will allow CHOP and the City of Philadelphia to create a complex that offers clinical care, wellness, prevention and literacy services to improve health outcomes for children and adults in South Philadelphia.

The site plan for the playground. The parking lot sits in the middle of the block, with the building facing Broad.

The site plan for the playground. The parking lot sits in the middle of the block, with the building facing Broad.

The planned opening date is December 2015. If you miss your neighborhood library, there are four others in South Philly, which you can find here.

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3 Responses to Make way for progress. Library at Broad and Morris has closed

  1. Mark January 10, 2014 at 3:32 pm #

    Does anyone know how many parking spaces they are providing? The increased usage planned for this block will draw many patients and staff all trying to crowd into the very limited on street spaces.

    • Albert Stumm January 10, 2014 at 3:51 pm #

      What you see on the site plan for the rec center is half of the proposed lot.

  2. David G January 10, 2014 at 6:17 pm #

    A. There won’t be any significant increases in usage, as the Chop Clinic is moving from its current location five blocks south, not creating a new clinic.

    B. Parking is not a real problem during the Clinic’s daytime operation.

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