Zoning legislation that allows a 12-story, 153,000 square foot medical office tower to be constructed atop an existing parking garage at 8th and Walnut streets was today moved out of City Council's Rules Committee and heads to full council for a vote.
The garage was constructed with the intent of building apartments on top. Changes in the market led developer Liberty Property Trust to propose medical offices instead. The office tower would be leased in its entirety by the University of Pennsylvania Health System.
Representatives of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and other medical facilities testified that they had concerns that the tenants of the new office building would eat up parking space that their facilities use, and that patients might be confused about which building to go to and where to park with so many medical facilities in one place.
A representative of the St. James apartments said residents there are concerned about the sight of the roof-top mechanicals and an encroachment toward their building.