Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Whole Foods, 300 apts for Best Western's Parkway site

Neal Rodin's proposal has been circulating since July.

Whole Foods, 300 apts for Best Western's Parkway site

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Neal Rodin's International Finance Company (IFC), the developer who told my colleague Maria Panaritis he plans to build a $100 million Whole Foods supermarket and apartment complex somewhere near the chain's smaller Art Museum-area location, has been circulating a plan to do just that on the 2.9-acre site occupied by the Best Western motel, between 21st and 22nd at Spring Garden, since July.

A copy of IFC's plan calls for construction on "almost a full square block," including a "luxury residential midrise containing between 250-300 apartments," offering tenants "unobstructed views of Center City Philadelphia, the Ben Franklin Parkway, and Fairmount Park."

A drawing submitted as part of the proposal shows underground parking, a lounge/cafe, and retail spaces at 50,000, 30,000, 11,000, 9,000 and 5,000 square feet.

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