You can’t see it, but there really is progress on Dilworth Plaza project

Construction on Dilworth Plaza next to Philadelphia City Hall is moving along.  But almost five months after Occupy Philadelphia was evicted from the plaza, you can’t see much evidence of the work.

There is a constant buzz of construction equipment at Dilworth Plaza but there doesn’t appear to be much work being done.  Paul Levy of the Center City Districtsays the demolition has to be done slowly because of what is underneath.


“Because we are going to be improving both the concourse level and creating elevators that go down to the train tracks we still are in the excavation stage and removing things that are there and that’s going to be several months as we continue to go down and work around the train tracks because our number one priority during construction is not to disrupt SEPTA service,” said Levy.

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Levy says the work is on schedule. 

“When you go by the site, you don’t always see the work going on because it’s 15, 20, 30 feet below the surface but a lot of good work is getting done, a lot of the demolition is proceeding and we hope by the fall we hope to be coming back out of the ground,” he said.

The project is expected to be completed in the spring of 2014.

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