How Rodin Square Strikes a Balance Between City and Suburb

The Rodin Square development. | Photo: Courtesy International Financial Corporation.

The Rodin Square development. | Photo: Courtesy International Financial Company.

In her recent column on the now-open Rodin Square development, Philadelphia Inquirer architecture critic Inga Saffron gave the project a B-plus for its organization and an F for its appearance, lamenting both the suburban scale of its anchor tenant and the bland metal monotony of its residential tower.

That apartment building, whose name — Dalian on the Park — will now be what just about everyone around here will call the entire complex, could indeed have had a lot more panache and dignity. But what’s inside counts a lot, too, and as a way of squaring two circles, Rodin Square has raised the bar to a level I hope other local developers will emulate. Read more »

Morning Headlines: Renderings and Details of Spring Garden Whole Foods Complex!

Last November the Inquirer broke the news that a new Whole Foods would take up residence on the site of the Best Western Hotel, whose bar was eloquently memorialized (pre-death) by the Philly Post’s Simon van Zuylen-Wood. That 3 acre parcel of land had many plans before Whole Foods was even a glimmer in its developer’s eye: It was going to be the Barnes Tower, then Parkway 22, then Neal Rodin imagined 250 apartments above a 55,000-square-foot Whole Foods paradise.

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Fairmount Whole Foods Gigantastore Gets One Step Closer to Reality (But Only One)

On March 19, the City Planning Commission met to consider crunchy and delicious Bill 130136, which proposed to zone the 3-acre area bounded by Spring Garden Street, North 22nd, Pennsylvania Ave., Hamilton Street and North 21st as Commercial Mixed-Use–meaning, basically, that Whole Foods can now move in. But don’t get excited yet. This project has a looooong way to go.

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