Touring Park Towne Place’s $200 Million Renovations

 

Park Towne Place, built from 1957-9, is undergoing an extensive renovation that will connect, physically and thematically, it with the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

Park Towne Place, built from 1957-9, is undergoing an extensive renovation that will connect, physically and thematically, it with the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

  • Property looks at some of the changes that nearly $200 million is buying at the Park Towne Place apartments on the Parkway. Apartments, gutted of their stuffy half-century-old layouts, are being transformed into airy spaces with high-end appliances, hardwood floors, and amply-sized closets. Furthermore, the master plan calls for a more complete fusion with the adjacent cultural corridor: additional balcony views, a partnership with Moore College of Art and Design to bring gallery-standard hallways full of fine art, a restaurant for hungry museum-goers, and most significantly, a public park in front of the North Tower set to include a “central plaza for gatherings, lawn space for outdoor events and screenings, a small fountain/water feature, more lighting, walking paths and even a meadow-like area with colorful plantings.” Phase 2, limited to work within the South Tower, is on track for completion at the year’s end.
  • Flying Kite reviews the improvements made within the trolley tunnel between 13th and 40th Streets during SEPTA’s third annual Trolley Tunnel Blitz. Working around the clock, crews replaced almost 1.5 miles of westbound track from 40th to 22nd, repaired the eastbound overhead wire system, installed energy-efficient LED lighting, buffed graffiti, applied a coat of fresh paint, addressed drainage concerns, and tested emergency systems.
  • The Pennsylvania Convention Center continues to recoup much of its lost business after disabusing itself of ruinous union work rules last year, reports the Business Journal. Organizers for Lightfair International, “the world’s largest annual architectural and commercial lighting trade show and conference,” who had decided against coming to Philly this year, have signed back up for meetings in 2017 and 2019, each expected to bring over $40 million in economic impact, a drop in the empty bucket that is the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau’s $1.3 billion estimate in lost impact for 2014-17.
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Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.

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