Developer Bart Blatstein’s plan for Broad and Washington has gotten much bigger, and now he wants to build a sort of vertical Piazza in the sky.
The Philadelphia Business Journal reports that Blatstein intends to keep the mix of retail and amenities he started leasing in March, but he now wants to add a 30-story apartment tower with 800 units. All told, the development would be nearly 1 million square feet, instead of the 400,000 square foot retail he previously proposed.
Says the PBJ:
A rough sketch that Blatstein made of his plan detailed all the services he wants to put into the project: 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. All of the outdoor activities would take place on the roof in an area roughly the same size as the Piazza. Aside from retail and restaurants, the interior would offer a game and a gaming room, a rock wall, basketball court, tech and bicycle shop, doggy day care and then some.
Here’s the previous lowrise plan:
The PBJ notes that this project would also be easier to put together than the Piazza, which took 15 years of assembling 100 lots, some through eminent domain:
“This is not your standard building,” said Blatstein, who runs Tower Investments Inc. “I want to take everything I’ve done in Northern Liberties that is spread over several blocks and put it in one place. It’s a self-contained community where you will never want to leave. Every amenity known to mankind is here. For those of us with [attention deficit disorder], this will be the perfect place.”
Now he just needs to get neighborhood approval.
Check out the full story here. It’s worth a read.
But wait, what about the Philadelphia Arts Market that was supposed to go there temporarily? The driving force behind that effort, Elisabeth Garson, says she’s in a holding pattern and that her lawyer and the city are now negotiating with Hudson Capital. That means it still could happen this year.