The listing describes the project by developer Bart Blatstein as a “vertical shopping center” that will include a parking structure. Another interesting detail is that the site will also include the empty surface lot on other side of 13th Street, if this image with the listing is to be believed.
The Broad and Washington lot is also the proposed site for the Philadelphia Arts Market, championed by Elisabeth Garson, creative director of local advertising agency Garson Design. She said she would know by early February whether a Blatstein will let her set up shop on the lot for this summer.
Meanwhile, Blatstein told KYW:
“It’s very exciting. It’s an opportunity to create a walkable community right there at Broad and Washington,” Blatstein tells KYW Newsradio. He says the area is “under-retailed.”
“Philadelphia has the second-largest downtown population on the east coast, at 180,000 people,” he says. “There’s tremendous growth south of Market, residential-wise, and there’s very little services for the amount of population and traffic in the area.”
Missing from the listing is any rendering of the project or indication whether Blatstein also plans to have a residential component to he development. The lot is zoned CMX-5, which allows for bona fide skyscrapers, so you’d think he’d want to put some apartments or condos in there, right?