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Old Posted Apr 19, 2017, 5:01 AM
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PHILADELPHIA | Equal Justice Center | 238 FT | 14 FLOORS

Title: Equal Justice Center
Project: Residential, office/commercial, hotel, retail
Architect: Wallace, Roberts & Todd
Developer: Pennrose
Location: 800 Race St., Philadelphia, PA
Neighborhood: Chinatown
District: Center City
Floors: 14 floors
Height: 238 feet









Pennrose-led group chosen to develop sprawling city-owned site in Chinatown

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A team led by the developer Pennrose has been selected to build a complex of dwelling units, offices, hotel rooms, and shops on the largest remaining parcel of municipally owned land in Center City.

The Pennrose-led group was chosen largely on the strength of its proposed architecture and site plan for the 3.2-acre lot at Chinatown’s eastern edge, Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority executive director Gregory Heller said in an interview Monday.

Philadelphia-based Pennrose, which is partnering with the Philadelphia Bar Foundation on its proposal for the lot occupying most of the area bounded by Race Street and the Vine Street Expressway, between Eighth and Ninth Streets, was selected over a team led by Parkway Corp., also based in Philadelphia.

Pennrose’s plan entails a 14-story, 160,000 square foot office building for legal aid organizations; an 11-story, 150-unit apartment tower; 55 units of affordable senior housing; a 147-room Comfort Inn hotel; and a 143-spot parking lot. Ground-floor retail is planned throughout the complex, which is being designed by the architecture firm WRT LLC of Philadelphia and San Francisco.
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Excellent project that will add to the vibrancy of the area with some nice new modern architecture.
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So there are 180 surface parking spaces? That doesn't sound great.

Also, what's the purpose of the "Open Space" - it seems aimless. You can enter at 8th and Race and walk...where...into the Vine Street Expressway?

This feels more like a mid-20th century "projects" - or flawed urban planning similar to Park Towne Place - where you drop random buildings in the middle of green space. It always comes off as uninteresting and uninviting and ultimately fails.
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So there are 180 surface parking spaces? That doesn't sound great.

Also, what's the purpose of the "Open Space" - it seems aimless. You can enter at 8th and Race and walk...where...into the Vine Street Expressway?

This feels more like a mid-20th century "projects" - or flawed urban planning similar to Park Towne Place - where you drop random buildings in the middle of green space. It always comes off as uninteresting and uninviting and ultimately fails.
Could be wrong, but isn't the open space & diagonal walk bc they can't build overtop of the broad st spur? I'm fairly sure the site had engineering limitations affecting the placement of the main structures.
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Could be wrong, but isn't the open space & diagonal walk bc they can't build overtop of the broad st spur? I'm fairly sure the site had engineering limitations affecting the placement of the main structures.
Interesting if that's true, thanks for pointing that out.
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This site actually has to deal with 2 tunnels. The CCT for regional rail is under the parking lots to the left of the rendering.
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What exactly is the Equal Justic Center?
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What exactly is the Equal Justic Center?
The office building will have a large amount of space devoted to consolidating all of the legal aid organizations that are currently spread around Center City.
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As others have pointed out, this is a real challenging site with a lot of limitations. Overall i think this project addresses them as capably as possible and it looks great. The equal justice center also sounds like a very worthwhile endeavor and a great public asset.

If this gets built exactly as designed, this is a homerun.
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The office building will have a large amount of space devoted to consolidating all of the legal aid organizations that are currently spread around Center City.
Pardon my ignorance, So, its like a legal branch of City Government?
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Pardon my ignorance, So, its like a legal branch of City Government?
Legal aid organizations are non-profits that provide legal representation to people that couldn't otherwise afford it in circumstances like bankruptcy, divorce, domestic violence, immigration, and landlord-tenant disputes. It is my understanding that most these organizations rely on a mix of paid staff, probono attorneys, and volunteer interns. An example of such an organization is Community Legal Services.
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If this gets built exactly as designed, this is a homerun.

Don't hold your breath on this design. It would be very good if built, but to me, this concept and the proposal that didn't get picked, looks like it got put together with a minimum of costs in a short amount of time. We will see; but this would be a great spot for a couple buildings that stand out, in a good way.
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http://www.philly.com/philly/busines...-20170815.html

not quite breaking news, but the developer behind this appears to have some deeper pockets now. hopefully this partnership will lessen the likelihood of financing snags moving forward.
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