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What's Happening in:  Graduate Hospital 

CHOP moving forward with first phase of G-Ho complex

CHOP is moving forward with plans for a 23-story building sandwiched between Schuylkill Avenue, the river and South Street Plaza. The new building – phase 1 of a complex of CHOP buildings –  will house clinical research focused on pediatric health care.

Construction on this building, at the base of the South Street Bridge, should start by summer.

Construction on this building, at the base of the South Street Bridge, should start by summer.

Demolition of the JFK Vocational School that currently sits in that spot is scheduled for February to June of next year. During the demolition phase, there will be lane and sidewalk closures. Construction will begin in mid-2014, and will be completed by the end of 2016.

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

First Pics: Asian Art Store opens at 1712 E. Passyunk Ave.

There’s no sign above the new store at 1712 E. Passyunk Ave, which most recently was a sports memorabilia shop. But peek in the window, and it’s easy to see it’s far from signed Eagles knickknacks. It’s called Asian Art Store, we think.

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Filled with vases, fake flowers and wall art, the shop is the place if you’re looking to drop a grand to decorate your living room with an Asian flair – or maybe accent a fancy doctor’s office.

Or, it’s just a different kind of place to stop in and explore. Among the fine and spendy china, are mini horse statues, aprons featuring puppies and glittery hair clips. And glass renderings of bok choy:

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing :  Newbold 

First look at CHOP’s proposed center for Broad and Morris

Neighbors of the proposed Children’s Hospital facility at Broad and Morris met last night in a room that won’t be around for much longer. The city Health Center 2 along with the adjacent Free Library branch and rec center are slated to be demolished in April 2014.

The destruction will make way for a shiny “gift from CHOP,” and the meeting was a CHOP-led unveiling of the model and sketches of the forthcoming health center/library/rec center/CHOP facility, said Douglas Carney, senior VP of CHOP facilities and meeting ring-leader.

The building will stand three stories tall, with floor-to-ceiling windows and pastel-stripe accents facing Broad. A playground sandwiched between Morris, Castle, and 15th will feature a basketball court, a lawn with tables and chairs, and possibly a spray fountain.

No, that's not the real name, just a placeholder.

No, that’s not the real name, just a placeholder.

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

Prepared foods cafe slated for old Metro Men’s space at 1615 E. Passyunk Ave.

The storefront at 1615 E. Passyunk Ave. won’t be vacant for much longer. New tenants have leased the space and filed a use permit for a prepared foods shop.

1615 E. Passyunk Ave.

1615, in the middle. Next door, the forthcoming Laurel BYOB is opening next month

According to the landlord, the prepared foods shop in question will be a cafe, serving breakfast, lunch, brunch, and of course coffee. “No noise at night, don’t worry, ” he says.

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