Sunday, February 2, 2014

CHOP's Development Plans for Schuylkill Avenue

From the Center City Residents' Association Weekly Newsletter:

WED, 2/5, 6 PM, 2501 SOUTH ST
Representatives of Children's Hospital will reveal the architectural plans for their new Schuylkill Avenue campus (between Naval Square and the rail tracks) at a public meeting in the new facilities of  The Philadelphia School, 2501 South Street (across from the state liquor store).  The CHOP plans will contain more detail than the schematics displayed at last month's presentation. While the project is not within CCRA boundaries, its size is such that it will affect our neighborhood. The earlier renderings showed a 375 foot office tower for 1500 research and administrative staffers, a free standing garage, a public park and an elevated public promenade cantilevered over the railway tracks.

And from SOSNA:

SPECIAL ZONING MEETING - CHOP Informational Presentation

2501 South Street The Philadelphia School - Ellen Schwartz & Jeremy Siegel Early Childhood Center
Philadelphia, PA 19146
*** Attention Neighbors - Important Zoning Meeting Regarding CHOP ***
CHOP [Children's Hospital of Philadelphia] is officially applying for permits for their massive redevelopment of Schuylkill Avenue just south of the South Street Bridge.  Therefore the SOSNA Zoning Committee, jointly with the South Street West Business Association and South Street West Civic Association, is hosting an important INFORMATIONAL meeting to review CHOP's plans. This is the start of the RCO [Registered Community Organization] review process required by the City.

Please join us at the Philadelphia School's new facility, 2501 South Street (across 25th street from the Liquor Store) on WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 5 at 6 PM to review these plans and share your comments and concerns with CHOP.  (The meeting will be in the Ellen Schwartz & Jeremy Siegel Early Childhood Center - directions).

*** Please note:  This is the first of multiple meetings for the community to review this project. Informational meetings are designed to allow developers to fully inform the community about the project, but no vote is taken.  These meetings allow developers such as CHOP to incorporate neighbors concerns and then re-present revised plans at a future date.

To be clear, since this is an informational meeting, SOSNA will NOT be taking a vote of neighbors on February 5.  CHOP will return for a full presentation and vote at a later date. ***

CHOP has been meeting with neighbors and stakeholders about this important project for the past few years (most recently on December 2, 2013) . To get up to speed, please visit to download their master plan and notes from previous community meetings.

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