The Hawthorne Empowerment Coalition (HEC) has announced that there will be a meeting to discuss the future of the massive vacant lot at the corner of Broad and Washington Ave. on Monday, Nov 17.
Back in June, we learned that Bart Blatstein sought to develop the lot into a 30-story, 1 million square-foot Piazza in the sky, complete with 800 apartments and loads of amenities. Is that still the case?
Blatstein will present his plans at the monthly HEC meeting on Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Hawthorne Cultural Center at 1200 Carpenter St. Blatstein originally planned for a 400,000 square-foot low rise complex without a residential component when he first announced his intentions back in March. Then, his plans changed in a big way in June . He told the Philadelphia Business Journal that he wanted to take everything he’s done in Northern Liberties with the Piazza and pack it into this new development, adding 800 units to the already conceived retail space. He called it ”a self-contained community where you will never want to leave.” It will be interesting to see what the nearby neighbors have to say about his plans.
To give you an idea about how large this development is, the planned party/roof deck — with a dog park, a pool, a running park, a private garden, fire pits, grilling areas, outdoor movies, and tennis courts that convert into volleyball pits — is roughly the same size of the Piazza, only 30-stories above the ground.
As you probably know, Blatstein is also waiting to find out whether or not his casino proposal, The Provence on N. Broad St., will be awarded the second casino license in Philadelphia. He also recently purchased the large vacant lot at Columbus Blvd. and Reed St., which he formerly owned and was also the proposed site of the Foxwoods Casino.
We’ll keep you posted when more information becomes available.