Monday, November 30, 2015

New tower near Penn; big new Temple dorm; Mormons

City planners will review a string of construction projects Tuesday

New tower near Penn; big new Temple dorm; Mormons


Philadelphia City Planning Commission meets Tuesday Sept. 21, 1 pm, upstairs at 1515 Arch St., to talk about, among other things:

- A "mixed-use research and retail" tower rising up to 280 feet, or 25 foors, on a parking lot on the northeast corner of 38th and Market Sts., in the University City Science Center. "We've been trying to get the Science Center to develop taller buildings," newly-promoted Planning Commission Executive Director Gary Jastrzab told me. Science Center's Jeanne Mell tells me the tower may rise just 12 stories. Goes before the Zoning Board on Wednesday.

- A 1576-student-bed dorm, dining hall and courtyard, at Temple University, on North Broad Street between Cecil B. Moore and Oxford. (Plus a "master plan" for Temple, fitting its state-subsidized growth more closely to Philadelphia guidelines.) Temple is flooded with students lately; private and subsidized builders have kept busy building them private housing on both sides of Broad.

- The planned Mormon Temple and genealogy complex (so the Latter-Day Saints can baptize your dead ancestors) on the parking lot at 1701 Vine St. The Temple will have "two big spires, no higher than" the cross atop the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul across Vine St., Jastrzab says.

- The Hunting Park West Plan, which would break the old factory district between North Philadelphia and East Falls into a warehouse (and surviving factory) zone east to Allegheney Ave.; an "entertainment and arts production district;" and a "neighborhood retail center" at the vacant former Tasty Baking Co. "We're trying to attract a grocery store for East Falls," says Jastrzab.

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