Center City District president and CEO Paul Levy presented CCD’s plan for the transformation of Dilworth Plaza, located on the western side of City Hall, to a joint meeting of the Center City Residents and Logan Square Neighborhood Associations at the Franklin Institute on Monday. After his presentation, the two groups discussed the plans.
Dilworth is one of three plazas surrounding City Hall – the other two are JFK and Municipal Services. With the nearby convention center being renovated, the three plazas are being targeted for makeovers. The CCD concept for Dilworth Plaza has already received approval from both the Philadelphia Historical Commission and the City of Philadelphia Art Commission.
More than 185,000 people are within 10-minute walk of Dilworth Plaza every day, 50,000 of whom work in nearby office buildings, according to the CCD. The plan estimates that the renovation will cost $50 million over 30 months, create 10,060 jobs and almost $40 million in wages.
Plans for the plaza include construction of a statue of Octavius Valentine Catto, a 19-century civil rights activist, on the southwest corner. City of Philadelphia will contribute $500,000 over the next two years for that project, and the money will go toward the O.V. Catto Memorial Fund.