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.
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.