Philadelphia

Notables in attendence as Brown Hill Development break ground at 205 Race Street – The Bridge

After years of planning, controversy and multiple design tweaks, construction permits were recently posted on the site at 2nd and Race, the longtime home of a surface parking lot.

 The permit states: FOR THE ERECTION OF A 17 STORY BUILDING FOR THE USE OF ACCESSORY PARKING
IN THE BASEMENT LEVEL, WITH RETAIL COMMERCIAL SPACE ON THE GROUND FLOOR
LEVEL AND MULTI FAMILY DWELLING (146 DWELLING UNITS) FROM THE SECOND
THROUGH 17TH FLOOR LEVEL. ALL WORK TO BE DONE PER APPROVED PLANS.
BUILDING TO BE FULLY SPRINKLERED.

 Alan Greenberger. Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Director of Commerce and Jeffrey Brown, president Brown Hill Development. Alan is going to go down in Philadelphia history as the best City Planner ever. Currently Ed Bacon holds that title, and although he is significant, I think no one has moved our City forward more than Alan. (disclosure Alan and I have been  friends for nearly 15 years, and his wife and I were tour guides for the Foundation of Architecture in the ’90s, but I think you’ll agree with my assessment.)
 Peter Gluck, by Gluck+ of New York (who designed The Bridge) and Greg Hill,  Brown Hill Development. Gluck worked hard to meet the various challenges that arose over the years modifying the building but keeping the main theme of a glass, steel building.

Once complete in early 2017, the LEED
Gold-certified building will consist of 146-units (15 of which will be
set aside as affordable units), 14,000-square-feet of ground floor
retail, on-site car and bicycle parking and an amenity deck on the fifth
floor that will feature a gym, co-working lounge, a green roof and a
barbecue areas.
 Riley Halloran, Jane Bender, Bob Jacoby and David Church all of Philadelphia Private Capital, LLC

 Bob Baker, Don Logan and Dave Biddle
Proud granddaughter Sadie and daughter Joanna Brown of Jeffrey Brown, president Brown Hill Development

 Oliver Lutter, and Frank Lutter and Marie Palumbo all of Frank T. Lutter Inc. Construction.
 Harvey Spear, a member of the Old City District’s board and owner of E-Z Park,  
Jacob Cooper, MSC Retail (who’s representing the retail rentals) and Sheryl Bar, Board of Directors for the Old City Special Services District.
 
 George Degram, Bobby Thompson, Job Itzkowitz, Executive Director, Old City District and Brian Stevenson, Business Representative, IBEW Local 98
 A lot of business leaders came out to support The Bridge ground breaking.
 Daniel K. Fitzpatrick, President at Citizens Bank. The project was able to move forward with a $45 million construction loan from Citizens Bank. Fitzpatrick said that Citizens Bank believes in this project stating it was innovated and is a great connector of Old City and the Delaware Waterfront.
 Developer Jeffrey Brown was excited to break ground on The Bridge, a project that was 15 years in the making. He negotiated with a lot of neighborhood factions to come to a satisfactory design, many of who were in the audience who he thanked.
 Doug Himmelreich, Mike Gallegher, Mike Moyer and Brendan Flynn all from the The Flynn Company. After the dedication, guests enjoyed lunch at 3 food trucks – Nomad Pizza, Curd and the Cow and Revolution Taco.
 Tom Corcoran & Jodie Milkman Of The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation
Alan Greenberger, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, Dan Fitzpatrick, President of Citizen Bank, Councilman Mark Squilla, Dan Hill and George Brown of Brown Hill Development, Peter Gluck, Gluck+ of New York, and Kim Frank, Brown Hill Development.