Yesterday, we brought some optimism for the future of a moderately terrifying parking garage at 8th & Arch. Coincidentally, today we have some new information to pass along about a project that should soon rise on a long-vacant lot pretty much next door to this garage. Back in October, we told you about plans to build a nine-story building at 810 Arch St. with 112 apartments, along with offices, lounges, community rooms, an exercise room, and thirty-eight bike spaces. But that was all we knew about the project at the time.
Finally, thanks to an article from Monday’s Inquirer, we’re able to fill in the blanks on this project. First of all, the building is being developed by a partnership between Project H.O.M.E. and the Philadelphia…
The best twenty bucks we spend every year is on our residential parking permit. Annually, we’ve religiously trekked to the Philadelphia Parking Authority offices at 30th & Market to renew our permit, fulfilling the annual program of forgetting to send the renewal back in the mail in a timely fashion. This year, as the clock struck June, we once again found ourselves needing to visit the PPA, in an effort to avoid the dreaded ticket for overtime parking with an expired residential permit.
So off we went to those familiar PPA offices, license, registration, utility bill, and checkbook in hand, eager to get this thing over with for another year. Imagine our surprise when the person at the building’s front desk told us that the PPA had moved out two weeks earlier, to a new customer service office on the other side of town! And…
A few days ago, we told you about a lovely garden on the 1700 block of Kater Street that almost forgives the monstrously ugly parking garage that sits in front of it. In response to that post, a reader shot us an email with some info about possible improvements on the horizon for said garage. Well, at least at for the corner of 17th & South.
Garden and garage
View on South Street
It’s easy to miss, but the southwest corner of 17th & South contains a pretty sizable retail space which has been vacant for several years. We’re pretty sure it once held offices for Graduate Hospital, and we always thought it would be a dynamite spot for a bar. Instead, it seems that Puentes de Salud has its eye on this…
As is the case in every city, parking is a concern in Philadelphia. With that in mind, we accept parking lots as a necessary evil, giving residents and visitors alike a place to put their vehicles while they’re not behind the wheel. The lowest form of parking lot, in our estimation, is the surface lot, which takes only a limited number of cars off the road and only offers passersby a view of an ocean of cars at street level. Parking garages are certainly more efficient, though they are quite often architectural horrors, making little to no effort to fit in with their surroundings.
Such is the case for the parking garage located at 1700 South Street, which is used primarily by employees and patients of Penn Medicine Rittenhouse, a facility that occupies several former Graduate Hospital buildings.…
If you’ve ever travelled over the Ben Franklin Bridge and headed through town via 8th Street, you’ve surely noticed the terrible PPA parking garage that “arches over” 8th Street between Arch and Filbert. Its miserable aesthetic comes off even worse when you consider what it replaced when it was built in the mid-1960s.
8th and Arch in 1959
Philaphilia tells us that the construction of this monstrosity was actually celebrated in its time, as it made it much easier for suburban shoppers to park when visiting the adjacent Strawbridge’s or Lit Bros. department stores. Somehow, it looked a little less scary during the Johnson administration.
Right after it was finished
Over the years, however, this building has held up, shall we say, extremely poorly. Retail spaces on 8th Street have (understandably) struggled mightily,…
Last summer, we gave you the heads up that construction would soon be underway for the first part of Cira Centre South, a new tower on Chestnut Street. At the time, it was predicted that owners Brandywine Realty Trust would be breaking ground in the fall, a timeline that appears was off by only a couple of months. We were in the area the other day and snapped a couple of photos of the site.
Existing garage on Chestnut
Lots of dirt moving around
Last week, new specifics emerged about this project, which has been dubbed The Grove at Cira Centre South (hereafter TGACCS). According to Phillydeal$, Brandywine will be partnering with Campus Crest Communities to construct the thirty-three story tower that will ultimately contain units…