Morning Headlines: 4601 Market Closer to Being New Police Headquarters

The building will also house the Medical Examiner's Office and city morgue.

Photo credit: Laura Kicey

Photo credit: Laura Kicey

The Planning Commission approved a zoning change for 4601 Market earlier this week, which means the former Provident Mutual Life Insurance Building is closer to becoming the Philadelphia Public Safety Services campus.

PlanPhilly’s Matt Golas reports that breathing new life into the structure, which will eventually be the new headquarters of the Philadelphia Police Department, medical examiner’s office and city morgue, has “long been supported by the local preservation community” and that adaptively reusing the project is part of the city’s larger plan to revitalize neighborhoods:

Fulfilling the Philadelphia City Planning Commission’s 2035 Plan goals, the campus will also employ stormwater management practices, enhance public space, and have easy access to SEPTA’s Market-Frankford EL 46th Street Station.

Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell pushed for the renovation back in October when she presented two bill proposals that called for the city to get ownership of the building and to borrow “close to $250 million for [its] restoration.”

Block that will host new cop shop, morgue and ME office gets zoning go-ahead [PlanPhilly]

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