Inside Look: The Massive Concrete Pour (and Progress) at East Market

The big pour. Photos by James Jennings

The big pour. Photos by James Jennings

The concrete pour at the East Market construction site got underway Monday morning, as 35 trucks are expected to funnel 350-cubic-yards of concrete for the foundation of the sub basement.

It marks the first real signs of vertical growth at the site, where copious amount of retail and restaurants (and digital signage) will anchor a residential tower holding 322 units and a green amenity deck.  We took a brief tour of the hole and the former Family Court Building at 34 South 11th Street.  We’ve got to admit, it was pretty damn cool to see the process unfold, and even more impressive to get near the work and take in the massive scope of the project.

Marshall French, construction manager with National Real Estate Development, said that a larger than normal crew will be pouring the footings for the sub basement today, which will bear the load for the tower portion of the project on 11th and Market. Read more »

East Market Update: Massive Concrete Pour Scheduled for Monday

The action over at the East Market project is about to really heat up, as the concrete pour for the foundation is scheduled for the morning of July 13.

If you’ve been past the site on Market Street between 11th and 12th recently, you’ll know it’s a giant hole in the ground. That will soon change. At least, that hole will soon be filled with a whole lot of concrete.

A rep from the project confirmed in an email that the pour is scheduled for Monday morning and will involve “35 trucks pouring approximately 350-cubic-yards of concrete to create sub-basement spread footings.” The pour is expected to take most of the day.

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Headlines: The Divine Lorraine, Comcast Grab State Grants

Photo: Jeff Fusco

Photo: Jeff Fusco

We’re back with an update from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) again, where a few major projects in the Philadelphia area got the thumbs up (at least partially, in most instances) for grants aimed “to attract and retain jobs in Pennsylvania by targeting large, economically transformative projects for development,” according to the RACP website.

EB Realty Management Corp. was granted $3.5 million of the $5 million for activation of the Arcade at the Divine Lorraine Hotel. Liberty Property Trust landed $10 million for “infrastructure costs related to” the in-progress Comcast Innovation and Technology Center. The Philadelphia Museum of Art $5 million for “infrastructure renovations and improvements.” The two behemoths on Market East, East Market (Girard Square) and the The Gallery, were awarded $2.5 million, respectively. $3.7 million went to the development of the Chinatown Community Center, also known as the Eastern Tower Community Center.

For a look at some of the major projects that did, and didn’t, make the cut (they can re-apply), check out Joe DiStefano’s column in The Inquirer below.

 More Headlines to Make Your Monday Special:

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The Beautiful Destruction of Market East

Snellenburg's in 1915

Snellenburg’s in 1915 (Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Library of Congress)

A few years ago I bought a $10 photograph at Mostly Books. My friend told me it was too much, but I didn’t bother to haggle and now it’s on my wall. It’s of Snellenburg’s at 11th and Market. I’m not sure where it’s from, but there’s a card glued to it describing the old department store. The card says the photo is courtesy the Community College of Philadelphia. I’ve assumed it was in the lobby of a since-closed building, but that’s just a guess.

Of course, I never saw that Snellenburg’s in real life. The store closed in 1962. By the time I was a kid, it had been altered and was unrecognizable to the building today. I live nearby, and I occasionally stopped by some of the stores in the building (on the way back from The Gallery). It was your usual Center City strip: City Blue, USA Boutique, Hallmark, an eyeglasses store, a cell phone shop, a dollar store, a scrub shop, a store called “FUNKY” I never set foot in. Read more »

East Market: Timelines, Retail Space, Chestnut Walk and (Possibly) a Hotel

Here's 12th and Market | Via National Real Estate Advisors and BLTa

Here’s 12th and Market | Via National Real Estate Advisors and BLTa

As the East Market project just keeps charging along, we wanted to take a minute to examine how things stand with the game changing development at 11th and Market. We caught  up with Daniel Killinger, managing director of National Real Estate Development, the development team behind East Market, who told us a few interesting tidbits of information about its timeline, the retail and office space, Chestnut Walk and even the possibility of adding a hotel component to the mix.

Phasing Timelines:

As you know, the demolition of the former Girard Square site is now complete. “That was big for us,” said Killinger about the removal of the last piece on Market Street over the weekend. “Now we can get started with our foundation.” As such, National Development hired Tutor Perini to handle the construction of phase one of the project.

The project has a total of 322 rental units and Killinger said that “everything is on time and on schedule” at this point. He expects the first 100 units to deliver sometime in the second quarter of 2016. More units will continue Read more »

And So It Begins: Construction Loan Means East Market Will Soon Rise

Here's 12th and Market | Via National Real Estate Advisors and BLTa

Here’s 12th and Market | Via National Real Estate Advisors and BLTa

One of the more interesting developments to watch take shape over the past year or so has been East Market. The super block that was Girard Square gradually came down piece by piece, showing us signs of what was and, thanks to a gigantic hole, leaving us time to ponder what will be. Hell, we even got to check out some test materials in the process. Now, the project is set to take that next step.

National Real Estate Advisors and Ullico Inc. announced that they closed on a $141 million construction loan for the project at 11oo Market Street, according to a press release. The big money deals are all well and good, but from a built environment standpoint, we got all kinds of giddy at this part of the release:  Read more »

Second Life: East Market Looks to Bring Hip Office Hub to Midtown Village

The new look building at 34 South 11th Street | Courtesy: SSH Real Estate

The new look building at 34 South 11th Street | Courtesy: SSH Real Estate

While much of the talk around the East Market mega-project as been about the digital signage, the renderings and the demolition, there is actually one component that has flown a little under the radar–the redevelopment of the former Family Court building at 34 South 11th Street.

The building will get a fancy new facade treatment from Morris Adjmi, but let’s check out what’s going to be under the hood, so to speak. The city’s first MOM’s Organic Market will be topped by 160,000 square-feet of creative office space aimed at developing Midtown Village/Market East into a vibrant live, work and play neighborhood–possibly even into the city’s tech hub. “It’s the type of space you normally can’t find two blocks from City Hall,” said Peter Soens, partner at SSH Real Estate. The firm is in charge of leasing at the building and part owner of the East Market project along with by National Real Estate Advisors, JOSS Realty Partners LLC and Young Capital LLC.

Usually, the cool-kid warehouse office space scene is reserved for the smaller boutique setups or the outskirts of the Center City in converted industrial buildings. Read more »

Headlines: Developers to the State, You Know What’s Cool? A Billion Dollars

We just love highlighting all the big-time developments in this city. Hell, we devoted almost an entire issue to the “New Boom” back in March. But how do projects like the W Hotel, East Market The Gallery, the SLS International Hotel & Residences and even the Divine Lorraine get funded? A decent amount of it oftentimes comes from matching funds from the state in the form of Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP). In fact, Joe DiStefano of The Inquirer reports that “developers, corporations, colleges, hospitals and towns” have requested over $1 billion in funds from the state. Last year, Gov. Tom Corbett saw $1.1 billion in requests, but only “funded $207 million of projects.”

Philly alone at 66 requests, some goodies from this year include:

Highlights from the ‘burbs include:

DiStefano reports that Gov. Tom Wolf is actually seeking more requests for RACP funding. Check out the full list at the link below.

Developers ask Penna. for $1 billion+ [The Inquirer]

More Headlines For Your Enjoyment!

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The Secret Plans for The Gallery Have Finally Been Revealed

Is that The Gallery? No. It's the Fashion Outlets of Philadelphia | Image courtesy of PREIT

Is that The Gallery? No. It’s the Fashion Outlets of Philadelphia | Images courtesy of PREIT

Welp, the genie is now officially out of the bottle. PREIT and Macerich have finally come forward with their vision for The Gallery and it’s full of windows, digital signage, stark white floors, glassy escalators and 125 new restaurants and higher end shops, albeit it probably their discount lines. Hell, it won’t even be called The Gallery anymore. No, it turns out that Fashion Outlets of Philadelphia rebranding bit was true after all. It really is the end of The Gallery as we know itRead more »

East Market Update: Crews Testing Terra Cotta Panels on Site

Whether you live in the city or just stalk it on Instagram (#phillyscape, ya’ll), there’s a good chance you’ve seen the incredible demolition efforts going on at the site East Market project between 11th and 12th on Market Street. It’s captivating. Well, it’s not going to stay that way forever. In fact, the movers-and-shakers of the project are starting to test the building materials on site, as reference in the above tweet.

A representative tell us that this panel is is a sample of the terra cotta that will be at the base of the two retail podiums at East Market. BLT Architects is in charge of the design, which will completely change Market East as we know it. Phase one is expected to cost $230 million and includes 322 residential units above the retail component. Need a refresher about what it’s going to look like? Here’s a fancy gallery for you: Read more »

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