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The Rail Park’s first quarter-mile section, which officially opens on June 14, follows the gentle curve of a former rail spur, rising from Noble Street just east of Broad to the middle of the 1100 block of Callowhill Street. Ultimately, the Rail Park is envisioned as a three-mile linear park that might someday connect 10 neighborhoods, from Poplar to Brewerytown. The first phase has cost about $11 million, and reuse of the rest of the elevated viaduct as a park easily could exceed $50 million.
— Ashley Hahn
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May 1, 2018
With the Rail Park on course for a mid-June opening, the new surface of the 1300 block of Noble Street has been poured, curbs and lighting installed with landscaping to follow shortly.
Read more: Rail Park Construction Update, May 2018
Only six months after the October groundbreaking for the new Chinatown Eastern Tower Community Center project ERASERHOOD has obtained a copy of the artist’s conception for a second tower in the Chinatown North neighborhood. Our source required complete anonymity before agreeing to meet with us. The image, labeled simply, “Callowhill Containment Facility #1,” depicts what looks like an extremely large building planned for a site in the vicinity of 10th and Carlton Streets. (If the scale of the illustration is accurate, this building would be even larger than the Terminal Commerce Building, former headquarters of the Reading Railroad, located at Broad and Callowhill Streets.)
When asked if this was planned as a residential development, our source paused for a moment before answering, “not exactly.” Further queries regarding the purpose of this strange looking building were ignored. The source did admit the document was obtained while serving as an intern for a large law-enforcement agency.
Before fleeing, the source mumbled something about a glass box and somebody named Judy, finishing our interview with the cryptic phrase, “Callowhill isn’t exactly Nightvale, but still…”
Gordon Cole could not be reached for comment.
PHILADELPHIA, PA – With everyone itching to get outside again as the weather warms up, Philadelphians will be excited to learn that a new quarter mile park is opening this summer.
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