Financing Secured for Rodin Square Apartments

A rendering of Rodin Square, courtesy of the project's developers

A rendering of Rodin Square, courtesy of the project’s developers

The Philadelphia Business Journal reports that the 293-unit apartment building to be part of the planned Rodin Square complex has received a $20 million loan to finance its groundbreaking. The complex, which was approved in the fall, will face the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and take up much of the block bounded by 21st, 22nd, Spring Garden, and Hamilton streets. In addition to the residences, it will include a 55,000-square-foot Whole Foods with underground parking, a “sky park” with an outdoor pool for residents, several commercial spaces, and a parking garage for residents.

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Rita’s Ices Available in Center City Parks

Sister Cities Park |Photo via Center City District

Sister Cities Park |Photo via Center City District

Rita’s Italian Ices are now available at Sister Cities Park (18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway) and John F. Collins Park (1707 Chestnut Street). Cool off while enjoying the Sister Cities boat pond or while relaxing in the shade on Chestnut Street. Both stands are open daily from noon to 7 pm.

Rita’s Italian Ices [Official]

Farm Fest Comes to the Parkway

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The Oval returns to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway with Farm Fest. This Thursday, April 17th through Saturday, April 19, the Parkway will once again a gathering place for people looking for games, music, food and some Victory Brewing Company beers.

Thursday’s event takes place from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. with food trucks and Victory Brewing Company’s brewpub on wheels showing up at 5 p.m. Farm Truck, Street Food Philly, Reuben on Rye, Little Baby’s Ice Cream and Calling Card Confections from the Greensgrow Commissary will all be on hand. TJ Kong & the Atomic Bomb will be performing.

More Farm Fest at the Oval events » 

Best of Philly: The Best Park in Philadelphia

For a city with so much green space, this is a bit of a surprise: Philadelphia Magazine has named Sister Cities Park, the new pastoral haven at 18th Street and the Parkway, as the Best of Philly this year. The reasons? Its very existence is pretty exciting, but the official writeup cites water geysers, a cafe, a boat pond and Inga Saffron’s description of it: “a small miracle.”

A video, this way…

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This Friday Is (Kevin) Bacon Fest on the Parkway

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This Friday, July 26th you can watch some Bacon while eating bacon on the Parkway. That’s right, Food & Flicks at The Oval presents Footloose, starring THE Kevin Bacon, while food trucks will be serving bacon focused dishes plus a pig roast from the new Cherry Bomb Bus. Participating vendors include:

  •  Local 215
  • Chewy’s
  • Guerilla Ultima
  • Sweet Box Cupcakes
  • Mac Mart Cart
  • Vernalicious
  • Sum Pig
  • Little Baby’s Ice Cream

The event runs from 6:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.

The Oval [City of Philadelphia]

Food Trucks Head to the Oval

Eakins Oval becomes “The Oval” today, “the new shape of fun.” In an effort to transform the underutilized public space into something more, the area in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art has been transformed into a new park. The 8-acre space will offer daily programing as well as a sandy beach. Each day the Oval will also be visited by food trucks. Today, Reuben on Rye, Sum Pig, Cosmic Catering and Sweet Box will all be on the scene today from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Check out the Oval’s calendar for a complete list of events.

The Oval: The New Shape of Fun [Official Site]

Parkway’s Family Court Building Now Has 3 Luxury Hotel Proposals

In October 2012, the city’s Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC) issued a Request for Qualifications from developers for the acquisition of the Family Court Building at 18th and Vine (court operations are moving to 15th and Arch). PIDC made one thing abundantly clear: They were only accepting proposals “from qualified and experienced development firms with the demonstrated ability to successfully design, finance, and develop historic properties of a similar size, cost, scope, and complexity.” Which narrowed it down. Significantly.

Of nine contenders, three are currently left standing. Logan Square Holdings, which counts Ken Goldenberg as one of its investors, would bring Fairmont Hotels & Resorts. Carl Dranoff would join HRI Properties of New Orleans to create a Starwood Hotels & Resorts property. And Philly’s P&A Associates and the Peebles Corp., which has long had interest in this area, would bring another Kimpton Hotel to town.

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Love Park Debuts 15-Strong Food Truck Rotation

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Love Park is introducing more than 15 new food trucks to Love Park lunchers over the summer. Wednesdays will feature new trucks with the food trucks you’re familiar with, vending other days of the week.

The new trucks debut today with:

Also new for 2013, Philly Pretzel Factor and Rita’s Water Ice will be vending to tourists by the LOVE Sculpture and there will be some weekends with food trucks.

Check out the new vendors and schedule »

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