Philadelphia, PA - Philadelphia’s Reading Terminal Market will undergo a brand new $1 million project this year, which will transform the outside of the market into a pedestrian-friendly, seasonal public space.
A $1 million Pedestrian Plaza is Coming to Reading Terminal Market
Once complete the 1100 block of Filbert Street, beneath the Hilton Garden Inn and adjacent to Reading Terminal. Will be turned into 15,000 square feet of ample public space, providing even more dining-friendly seating, pop-up retail stands, along with temporary and permanent art installations
Reading Terminal Market Whats New?
- Getting rid of the curb and expanding the sidewalk by six feet.
- Installation of removable traffic controllers, making it much easier to close the street or keep it open.
- Ample, portable and extractible seating, pop-up retail kiosks, as well as movable street furniture.
- They are also erecting a sculpture, a mural, as well as having continuing temporary art installations.
Reading Terminal Market Expansion Project
The street is going to be available at times for local traffic as the undertaking ensures the block can quickly transform back and forth into either a vehicular lane or a pedestrian plaza, dependent upon the time of year as well as for special events.
The new plaza is being financed through grants from The William Penn Foundation, The John S. and The James L. Knight Foundation, and The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Multi-Modal Transportation Fund. Representatives from the Terminal Market found inspiration for the pedestrian plaza from various other public space projects throughout the City of Philadelphia, such as Spruce Street Harbor Park and Dilworth Park.