On Parkway, $4.5 Million Plaza To Showcase Holocaust Memorial Statue


Rendering of the Holocaust Memorial Plaza, bounded by 17th Street, Arch Street, and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Rendering of the Holocaust Memorial Plaza, bounded by 17th Street, Arch Street, and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

  • Since 1964 Philadelphia’s built environment has honored the memory of the victims of the Holocaust chiefly through Polish sculptor Nathan Rapoport’s “Monument to Six Million Jewish Martyrs” at the head of the Parkway. Yet, the design of the triangular plaza that it dominates has not well served to accentuate the piece, and so, as was announced yesterday by Mayor Kenney and the Philadelphia Holocaust Remembrance Foundation, the space is to be reconstituted, hopefully by next year, as the Holocaust Memorial Plaza. Not only will the $4.5 million redesign draw more eyes towards the monument, additional remembrances—an eternal flame, a tree grown from one originally planted at the Theresienstadt concentration camp—will be included, says NewsWorks.
  • Phil Binnfeld and Hillel Tsarfati, the developers that reopened the Croydon Apartments after two decades of vacancy at 49th & Spruce Streets, announced on Monday night their plans to construct a mixed-use apartment complex on what for the last two years has been the Croydon parking lot at that intersection’s southwest corner. At 8-stories, the Cedar Park Apartments would have 15,000-square-feet of ground floor retail space fronting Spruce Street, 160-units (to the Croydon’s 128), and a roof deck.
  • Tricia Nadolny breaks down the case history of Feibush v. Johnson, concluded yesterday in favor of plaintiff Ori Feibush. While the $34,000 he was awarded merely recoups some of his investments, Feibush’s victory does not bode well for the time-honored concept of councilmanic prerogative, the very issue on which Feibush centered his primary challenge of Johnson upon. “This verdict is not about me,” said Johnson, explaining his determination to appeal the decision. “It will have a chilling effect on the entire Council’s ability to take controversial or unpopular positions regarding land disposition in favor of people who are being shoved aside for investor profits.”
  • Radnor Property Group broke ground yesterday on Vue32, a 16-story residential tower on Drexel-owned land at 32nd & Race Streets, where Powelton Village gives way to the railyards. Its 164-units will be marketed towards graduate students, faculty, staff and non-Drexel professionals working in the area, Radnor’s David Yeager tells The Inquirer.
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