Blatstein To Transform Design Center?

 

Coming soon: a Tower tower? | Photo: Bradley Maule

Coming soon to the Design Center: a Tower tower? | Photo: Bradley Maule

The Marketplace Design Center, Philadelphia’s premier destination for interior design, may soon have itself a major makeover. Sources tell Hidden City that Bart Blatstein’s Tower Investments, Inc. is in the process of purchasing the enormous complex at 2400 Market Street.

The six-story building extends from Market to Chestnut, and from the below-grade 24th Street to the CSX railroad tracks, where Robert Wyland’s iconic East Coast Humpbacks mural faces the Schuylkill River Park’s scissor ramps.

The Design Center, which has been in the building since 1975, would remain, but additional retail and residential components would be added. One potential development, sources tell us, would be the construction of a new multi-story tower on top of the existing building, set back and in the center, creating a 360º terrace.

Such a mixed-use project would create a significant benchmark on the Center City side of the evolving amalgamation with University City, one which has seen The Porch at 30th Street Station, Penn’s and Drexel’s continued eastward expansion, and The Grove at Cira Centre South, already under construction, on the other side of the Schuylkill River.

Attempts to reach Blatstein for comment were unsuccessful. A representative at the Design Center would neither confirm nor deny Blatstein’s interest, but did say that the building is officially still for sale.

About the author

Bradley Maule is co-editor of the Hidden City Daily and the creator of Philly Skyline. He's a native of Tyrone, Pennsylvania, and he's hung his hat in Shippensburg, Germantown, G-Ho, Fishtown, Portland OR, Brewerytown, and now Mt. Airy. He just can't get into Twitter, but he's way into Instagram @mauleofamerica.



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  1. I wonder if he would consider greening the roof of the center which would create somthing of a private park over looking the schuylkill river . That would be interesting .

  2. Green roof would be great for outdoor dining. A suspended platform off the roof with a waterfall into the river would be amazing!

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