PHILADELPHIA (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — A Philadelphia neighborhood association has proposed a section of the downtown Fishtown area of the city as a home for a new entertainment district, anchored by a Fillmore-branded, 3,000 capacity concert venue that would stage about 65 shows a year .
According to the Philadelphia Enquirer, Michael Samschick, president of Core Realty told a crowded meeting of the Fishtown Neighbors Association about plans to convert a shuttered manufacturing plant and warehouse into multiple new use spaces. In addition to the proposed Fillmore, the district would also include an 18-lane bowling alley, a restaurant, retail space, offices and a tasting room for a local distillery.
The plans also included provisions for a parking area that could accommodate more than 330 vehicles. Samschick added that Core Reality owns "multiple lots" in the area that could also be used for parking overflow.
The meeting was well attended, with over 100 community members present, the Enquirer said, with a majority (86-25) of the neighbors supporting the idea of redeveloping the area, though some residents raised concerns about the proposed district's effect on parking and traffic in the area.
Core next intends to present their plans to the Philadelphia City Planning Commission on September 18th, though it will likely take several months before they render a decision. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers