Headlines: Is Independence Mall Center City’s Next Hot Neighborhood?

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The Independence Beer Garden was a gamble that paid off on Independence Mall

In just a few short days, droves of people will descend on Independence Mall to celebrate the birthplace of America. But what if that shot of life to an otherwise sleepy tourist center were to stick around all year round?

Thanks in large part to a few people who saw some serious potential in the massive buildings surrounding America’s “most historic square mile,” it’s actually starting to happen. According to The Inquirer, it kicked off with the purchase of the Dow Building in 2013.

Here’s more from The Inquirer:

Two years later, the space around the mall is awakening, stirred by a real estate gold rush that has giant properties changing hands, towers on the rise, and builders replacing dowdy with deluxe.

The incredible thing is that it’s happening all over the mall. To the south, 500 Walnut is under construction and the Curtis Center is undergoing a residential revamp. Directly west on Chestnut Street is booming, with a 32-story tower in the works, historic architecture marked for preservation and the Public Ledger Building up for grabs.

Thanks in large part to the Independence Beer Garden, the Dow Building has been brought back to life. It will soon welcome a new La Colombe outpost. The hulking parking garage behind it was sold to mega-developer Brandywine Realty Trust and a massive new residential project is in the works to the north at 4th and Race.

Independence Mall neighborhood finds its groove [The Inquirer]

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