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Meeting on Thursday to present Broad and Washington plans for neighborhood feedback

You’ve seen the updated Broad and Washington renderings and general plans, but now is your chance to weigh in on this large project from Bart Blatstein in a public forum.


The Hawthorne Empowerment Coalition is hosting a meeting for an updated proposal to be presented on Thursday, February 25.

As we’ve been telling you, plans have been revised from the original two tower structure to one tower with up to 32-stories. This development is set to include 1,000 residential units split between three parts of the massive structure, 143,000 sq. ft. in commercial space on the ground floor and fourth floor “village,” along with 25,000 sq. ft. dedicated as a co-working-style office space. 620 parking spaces are being planned for a garage space accessible to tenants and visitors through entrances on Carpenter Street and Washington Avenue.

Blatstein is seeking a number of zoning variances for the site, which he will be presenting to the Zoning Board of Adjustment for next month.

The meeting is being help on Thursday, February 25 at 7:30 p.m. This is a HEC meeting being held at the Hawthorne Cultural Center at 1200 Carpenter St.

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5 Responses to Meeting on Thursday to present Broad and Washington plans for neighborhood feedback

  1. Ben February 24, 2016 at 10:55 am #

    This is going to be a shit show.

  2. Ben February 25, 2016 at 8:30 pm #

    Called it….

  3. ProvWitout February 26, 2016 at 3:47 pm #

    Pictures look pretty cool. Is the basketball court still in the plans? I hope it is a legit court. 50 ft in width.. 94 feet in length.. At least a college 3 point line.. The high school 3 pt line is like a foul shout anymore…

  4. Dom February 28, 2016 at 2:00 pm #

    Blatstein obviously has no understanding of this neighborhood, the people who live here and the vision to make it even better. If he wants to be a business man, he should propose a plan that makes sense to the needs of the people and the character of our community. This plan is a disaster, an eye soar and a big wall of separation between South Philly and Center City.
    Blatstein, why does the building have to be so high?! Look around. Nothing is that high in the general area and we like it that way! Cut that building AT LEAST in half. Spread it out wider if you need to, but 1,000 residential units is an absurd amount of units anyway and you will not fill them. Also the height of that building is inconsiderate to all the residence who enjoy the view of the city from their homes. We don’t want to see your ugly monstrosity taking up the view. If you want us to hang out at your establishment and spend money, give us something we will like and stand behind. Work WITH your community, not against them.

    Speaking of something we would like, that would not include a “village” on the forth floor of a building? What?? This is not LA. Who do you really think is going to hang out at this “Village”? You are missing the mark here. Philly does not get behind “manufactured community.”

    You know what would be awesome. A movie theater. It’s a perfect spot for one. A pool would be amazing as well. I know you are in the business of making money, so by all means, make it membership based. Just give us another pool please. Maybe even a Turkish bath if you really want to make things interesting. The idea of a supermarket sounds wonderful. Trader Joes would be a perfect selection.
    Just please, scratch these latest mock-ups and make that huge ugly building go away. Do some homework on the culture, the neighborhood, the needs of your community. If it was up to me I would love a piece of that land to be a public park. A girl can dream.

    • ProvWitout March 5, 2016 at 2:56 pm #

      Don’t forget a few NBA size basketball courts indoors somewhere. Membership or no membership would be fine.

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