A plan to transform Filbert Street around Reading Terminal Market into a multi-use public space finally broke ground Tuesday, three years after it was first announced.
The project, which was originally announced in 2019 before the COVID-19 pandemic, will designate the approximately 15,000 square feet of public space adjacent to the market as a new streetscape that will allow for public and private events, as well as seasonal festivals.
It will reconstruct the 1100 block of Filbert Street into a seasonal "festival street" and multi-use public space, officials said in a press release. Reading Terminal Market says the $1 million initiative includes three main focuses: an improved streetscape, modular street furniture, and art installations.
Both temporary and permanent art installations will be a part of the project, including public murals, sculptures and ongoing cultural programming.
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The new modular street furniture will increase the market's seating and dining capacity and initiate new opportunities for pop-up retail kiosks.
The finished streetscape will create the first curb-less street in the City of Philadelphia. The improvements will also allow for increased access to public transit, parking flexibility and a new designated rideshare zone.
Don't worry, you will still be able to enjoy all the market has to offer during construction.
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Reading Terminal Market remains open during normal hours; however, the Filbert Street doors will be closed throughout the duration of the transformation. You can enter the market through the doors at 12th Street or Arch Street.