Since the plans were first announced for the East Passyunk gateway project back in January 2014, it’s been a hot-topic project for the avenue.
After showing you the updated plans earlier this week for the area at East Passyunk, Broad and McKean, ground was broken for the project last night.
Instead of the traditional, ceremonious act of shoveling, an excavator was used to officially break the ground for the project.
As we showed you with the updated renderings, the plans for the location are a bit different than initially presented. The fountain and bike share station originally planned for the location have been removed from the plans in favor of a more minimalistic look with more seating, a pavilion and more lighting for the area.
The project, which is expected to be completed around the same time as the Mifflin Street triangle project in June, will “create a sense of place,” according to Sam Sherman of the Passyunk Avenue Revitalization Corporation.
In addition to the improvements you see in the renderings, 11 new planters are also being placed along Broad Street between McKean and Snyder as part of the project. The planters were design by Curt Alexander, owner of Urban Jungle. We showed you a prototype of the planters back in December.
According to Sherman, this location will lend itself to special events. At the groundbreaking, he also mentioned the possibility for a weekend farmer’s market at the location.
The improvements to this location are happening thanks to a $495,000 William Penn Foundation grant.
At the groundbreaking, emphasis was put on the sense of community and growth East Passyunk Avenue has seen over the years.
Are you excited to see this project finally breaking ground?