Official groundbreaking set for Dilworth Plaza renovation

WHO:  U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood; members of the Philadelphia Congressional Delegation; representative of Governor Corbett; Mayor Michael A. Nutter; City Council President Darrell Clarke; representative of SEPTA; Paul R. Levy, President of Center City District

WHAT:  Official groundbreaking for the $50 million transformation of Dilworth Plaza, west of City Hall, a project that will create more than 900 construction jobs with $22 million in wages over the 27 months of the project, which will be completed in early 2014. The new Plaza will have a large lawn, tree groves, seating for 400, a programmable fountain and a café. During winter, a portable ice rink will cover the fountain area. The concourse beneath Dilworth Plaza will be dramatically improved as a new transit gateway, providing entrances to Broad Street and Market Street subways and the trolley lines. New elevators will make the transit platforms accessible for the first time and a unique work of public art will highlight the movement of trains below the Plaza.

WHERE:  1515 Market Street, 9th Floor

WHEN:   Monday, January 30, 2012 at 9:30 a.m.

PHOTO OPS:

  • Speakers and dignitaries will participate in a ceremonial signing of granite.
  • Panoramic view of Dilworth Plaza and City Hall from the 9th Floor of 1515 Market Street.
  • ALSO, opportunities at the edge of the construction site.

For more details about the project:

www.centercityphila.org/life/dilworth_plaza.php

www.centercityphila.org/docs/CCRDilworthPlaza2011.pdf.

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