Bart Blatstein, the man behind the massive development proposed for Broad and Washington, seems to have his eyes on a new project, this time along the Delaware River.
At 1401-99 Columbus Blvd., the currently-empty 16-acre plot of land is expected to become a complex with a mix of residential and retail.
The brochure from MSC Retail, who is marketing these open commercial spaces, shows two proposed businesses for this complex. Both Wawa and Aldi are proposed to occupy two of the five or so buildings meant for commercial spaces, with a combined square footage total of 75,000. The development of this project won’t stop with the commercial spaces. Blatstein has 435 apartment units, 45 buildings of townhouses, and 45 pier townhouses planned for this plot of land along the river. In addition to all of that, a green space will be created along the river as an extension of the riverfront trail.
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A center drive aisle and path would run through the middle of the site and lead to a grouping of 10 residential buildings. This residential area, the first of its kind south of the Residences at Dockside near South Street, would feature a mix of around 600 apartments and for-sale townhouses, creating some semblance of a street grid while providing access to the river.
A park area, in the form of an extended riverfront trail, would separate the complex from the river and span the parcel from Reed Street in the north to Tasker Street in the south.
Finally, townhouses would be located on a restored pier that juts into the Delaware River. In total, 435 apartments, 90 “stacked townhouse units,” 91 townhouses and 54 pier townhouses are planned for the site, according to the brochure. This site is set between two popular riverfront parks–Washington Avenue Pier and Pier 68.
Blatstein originally owned this plot of land for about 20 years, prior to the property being sold for Foxwoods Casinos, which never managed to come to fruition. In 2014, Blatstein re-purchased the property for $13 million. According to Philly Mag, this project would be completed in two phases. The retail is expected to be completed in early 2017, with the residential spaces following sometime after that.