The updated Market8 rendering.
One of the six contenders for Philadelphia’s second casino license, Market8 — an investor group helmed by Ken Goldenberg and Ira Luber, among others — has just released a new vision of what it calls its “urban entertainment center” proposed for Eighth and Market. The announcement emphasizes the commitment to ground-floor retail and restaurants “on a newly beautified Market Street” (their optimism is boundless).
Ken Goldenberg says in the statement:
“We are designing the ground floor to fully engage walkers and commuters, recognizing not just how central our location is, but how critical this is to the vitality of this corridor. We will be opening up that level with transparency, doorways, tables and outdoor seating that will allow 8th and Market to become an attractive social place to meet for lunch, dinner, or coffee, and a place that will create energy and excitement all hours of the day and evening.”
Philadelphia, welcome to LoSo.
PHL Local Gaming, one of the six contenders for Philadelphia’s second casino license, has announced a bold plan for the Lower South Philadelphia area where they’d put their casino. A recent press release touts a family-friendly entertainment center that would be developed in “the area between the Stadium Complex, public park land, the FDR Park Golf Club, and the Delaware River.”
The center would include “attractions such as food-and-beverage and retail businesses, soccer fields, racquet sports, an indoor swimming pool, a zip-line park, rock-climbing facilities, a golf driving range, a dry ski/skateboarding park, a water park, and areas devoted to music and live entertainment.”
A rendering of LoSo Entertainment Center by PHL Local Gaming
Over at the Philly Post, Andrew Thompson is asking why the City of Philadelphia — in the midst of waiting for its second casino license — has not followed through on an assertion that it would do an independent economic impact study of SugarHouse. After all, experts tell Thompson it would take about a month to do such an assessment, so it isn’t a question of time.
But municipal musical chairs and forgotten conversations seem to be the problem now, four years after Terry Gillen first mentioned the idea to City Paper’s then-staff writer Isaiah Thompson. She later reversed course, saying the city was not doing an impact study after all — perhaps a miscommunication.
Photo by Anjan Chatterjee via Flickr.
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Rendering of Market8
The Design Advocacy Group is a collaborative of very smart people: urban planners, architects, designers and likeminded guardians of the aesthetic who advocate for quality in the built environment. In other words, if a developer is planning something horrendously ugly or damaging to public life in Philadelphia, they’ll hear about it from the DAG.
Wynn Philadelphia, one of the six bidders vying for the city’s second casino license, will hold an outreach event this week to bring minority- and women-owned construction suppliers, subcontractors and vendors together for networking. This is apparently the first of many such events that will encourage diversity on the project–if this is the project that gets chosen, that is.
There are six proposals for Philadelphia’s next casino, and you know wherever things ends up, people will complain. So let’s forestall the inevitable moaning and participate in the civic process, shall we? Take an online survey and clarify your position. But before that, you’ll have to understand the options, right?
A rendering of Bart Blatstein's Provence casino.
There are six casino proposals on the table. Unsurprisingly, Philadelphians have something to say about them—and they’ll get a chance next month.