Rodin Square Development Breaks Ground

The new Whole Foods Et Cetera complex is slated for a 2016 completion.

Rodin Square broke ground this morning. The massive development includes a 55,000-square-foot Whole Foods Market at 501 N. 22nd Street (directly in view of the Ben Franklin Parkway) and a 10-story, 293-unit, luxury apartment complex called The Dalian on Fairmount.

Dalian Development and International Financial Company, the developers behind the $160 million mixed-use project, say the Whole Foods, which will include a 5,000 square foot café and a two-story glass façade, won’t be the only retailer on the premises.

The corner of 21st and Hamilton will get an 11,000-square-foot CVS/Caremark, while Thomas Jefferson University Hospital will lease roughly 12,000 square feet at 22nd and Spring Garden. The total amount of occupied retail space will be 85,000 square feet.

Future residential tenants should expect to find hardwood floors and “floor to ceiling uninterrupted glass windows,” while amenities should include an e-cafe, bar/media room, billiards room, clubroom with lounge, 35,000-square-foot rooftop Sky Park (comes with an infinity edge pool), and a fitness center with 20 feet of glass and yoga room.

An indoor-outdoor heated cabana with televisions and an outdoor kitchen with many, many grills will also be included. Oh, and there will be a dog wash room too. There’ll be 500 new parking spots.

If you’re curious as to who designed this massive project, twas the ambitious folks at MV+A Architects.