Tuesday, April 28, 2009

SugarHouse plans get scaled back, leaving a "box in a parking lot"

Some Philadelphians are unhappy with SugarHouse's newest "interim" design plans, which no longer include a hotel tower, marina, condos, or riverwalk. Now it's just a casino, a garage, and a parking lot. (Some Philadelphians may like the new plans better though, since the casino itself is scaled-back too.) The Philadelphia Inquirer's architecture critic has more here.

Some of the design scale-backs may conflict with the draft CBA (although it was never clear just how astroturf the agreement was to begin with). The CBA, for example, requires SugarHouse to provide public access to the waterfront. Without a board walk, it's unclear how it will satisfy this provision.

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