PIDC, on behalf of the City and PAID, released an exciting RFQ opportunity soliciting interest in redeveloping the architecturally and historically significant, nearly 250,000 square-foot building, formerly known as the Judge Nicholas A. Cipriani Family Court Building and the approximately 88,000 square-foot lot at 1901 Wood Street. In a highly visible area located near the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, redevelopment of this set of property provides a rare opportunity to revitalize an important historic building and to create a unique, new development along Philadelphia’s most prominent thoroughfare.

PIDC 1801 Vine & 1901 Wood Streets RFP
Bid Due Date: September 17, 2021
Pre-Proposal Site Tours (non-mandatory, registration required): August 5 & August 6 at 10am
Questions Due Date: Friday, August 13, 2021

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About 1801 Vine Street

The building at 1801 Vine Street previously housed the operations of the Family Division of the Court of Common Pleas of the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania. The 247,196 square foot building was designed by Philadelphia architect John Torrey Windrim and constructed in 1941 with funds from the Works Progress Administration (WPA). The Family Court Building and the Free Library of Philadelphia (completed in 1927) are twin buildings, modeled after the palace buildings of La Place de la Concorde in Paris. The Family Court building’s exterior and a portion of its interior, including 37 WPA murals, are listed on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places.  The interior designation is significant; it is one of only four interior spaces (along with City Council Chambers, Wanamaker’s Grand Court, and the main waiting room at 30th Street Station) that have been designated historic in Philadelphia.

About 1901 Wood Street

The 88,000 square foot lot at 1901 Wood Street currently houses a parking lot managed by the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA). It was previously held for the expansion of the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Parkway Central Library. The City is exercising its right under its contract with PPA to offer the property for development. Inclusion of the Parkway Central Library’s plan for a 60,000 square foot Children and Family Center, Auditorium, storage, and relocation of administrative office space is required in any development proposed for the parcel.


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