August 13, 2013 | No Comments Yet
Late last year, news broke out that a new Whole Foods market would take up residence on the site of the Best Western Hotel located in Center City, Philadelphia.
According to the Philadelphia Real Estate Blog and Philadelphia Skyscraper Page, that project now has a name, Rodin Square, and an expanded vision: “taking up the whole block between Pennsylvania Avenue, Hamilton Street, 21st and 22nd streets, and Spring Garden Street.” Rodin has added to the number of apartments–from 250 to 293–and there will be the obligatory-these-days landscaped rooftop, among other perks.
Prior to Whole Foods making its developmental mark on this location, there were a few other ideas in the making. It was going to be the Barnes Tower, then Parkway 22, then Neal Rodin imagined 250 apartments above a 55,000-square-foot Whole Foods paradise.
The new complex will include:
- A “modern” Whole Foods market with glass facade facing Hamilton Street
- Office and retail space
- 293 “luxury” apartment units on nine floors above the Whole Foods
- 50,000 square feet of landscaped rooftop
- 30,000 square feet of residential amenity area with swimming pool
- One level of below-grade parking (172 spaces) for Whole Foods
- 108 bicycle spaces
- Bicycle storage
- Above-grade parking structure for residential parking spaces (271, plus 8 Zipcar spots) and 43 retail/accessory parking spaces
Strategies will include using plenty of glass for natural daylighting; attempts to use local materials; energy- and water-efficiency; an eye toward indoor air quality; bike storage, bike racks and bike maintenance; green roofs; “reduction in heat island effects”; underground stormwater management basin.
MV+A Architects are in the charge of the design. The firm has a veritable Whole Foods Ph.D.
This is a huge project and exciting developments are to be made.
For more information:
If you’re interested in renting or buying in Center City, be sure to contact The Barach Group today!!
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Berkshire Hathaway Home Services
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Philadelphia, PA 19106
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