First look at the post-Spectrum entertainment complex set for July 21

Looks like we'll get our first peak next week at the entertainment complex developers are planning to build once the Spectrum arena comes down.

UPDATE: (As several readers remind me, the developer's Web site has had renderings and "virtual tour" of the project up for months. So it's hardly a first look. But if we've learned nothing from the stalled slots parlor development process, these plans can change ... a lot.)

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission's agenda for its meeting on July 21 lists an information only presentation on the Philly Live! Entertainment Complex on the 1100 block of Pattison Avenue in South Philadelphia.

Comcast-Spectacor, which owns the Spectrum, has hired Baltimore's Cordish Development Co. to develop what has been billed as a "retail, entertainment and dining center." Will it look like Cordish's other developments on the Inner Harbor or Atlantic City? We'll soon see.

Demolition of the Spectrum could happen by year's end.

Also notable on the planning commission's to-do list is an effort to amend a zoning bill passed last December covering the American Commerce Center superscraper planned for the 1800 block of Arch Street. The amendment would require City Council approval of the plans.

Given the state of commercial real estate and the rising office vacancy rate in Center City, I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for the first shovels to arrive for a tower expected to cost more than $1 billion and soar 1,500 feet.

Here's the full agenda (with the exception of the approval of the minutes and executive director's update):



3. ZBA Case 8559: 2116-32 Chestnut Street (Developer: The John Buck Company; Presented by Paula Brumbelow).

4. Zoning Bill 090472: Amending Zoning Bill 080588 (approved 12/22/08) by requiring City Council approval of the Plan of Development for the American Commerce Center site on the 1800 block of Arch Street (Presented by Martin Gregorski; Introduced by Councilmember Clarke on June 4, 2009).

5. Zoning Bill 090517: Remapping the area bounded by Walnut, 42nd, Locust, and 43rd Streets (Presented by Paula Brumbelow; Introduced by Councilmember Blackwell on June 18, 2009).

6. Streets Bill 090468: Revising City Plan No. 55 by striking Duncan Street from Aramingo Avenue to the Delaware Expressway, and placing a drainage and public utility right-of-way within the lines of the stricken Duncan Street (Presented by William Erickson; Introduced by Councilmember Krajewski on June 4, 2009)

7. Review and Comment: Tudor East Falls Historic District Designation (Presented by Jonathan Farnham and Erin Cote, Philadelphia Historical Commission).

8. Information Only: Stormwater Design for Midvale Avenue (East Falls) (Presented by Joy Lawrence, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society).

9. Information Only: Philly Live! Entertainment Complex, Spectrum site/1100 block Pattison Avenue (Developer: Cordish Development Company).

10. Information Only: Lower Italian Market Revitalization Plan (Presented by Karin Morris and Nicole Hostettler, Passyunk Square Civic Association).