Piazza repurposes shipping containers in new park with retail, restaurants, recreation

Hadas Kuznits
April 12, 2019 - 6:30 am
Piazza Pod Park

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Piazza in Northern Liberties is expanding next month into the parking lot across the street to unveil its new Pod Park, a central hub of restaurants and businesses.

Randy Hope, principal at Post Brothers, said Piazza Pod Park will be a place to eat, drink, work out, hang out and play.

"We have 14 shipping containers outfitted for restaurants, fitness, retail and a nursing pod for mothers," he added.

There will several different sections of the park, including a detox-retox area — aka, "fitness and alcohol and libations."

The park also features a children's play space, complete with a playground, which "will be anchored by a James Beard-nominated baker from Passyunk Avenue, Essen Bakery."

Eight of the 14 shipping containers pods will revamped as restaurants.

"We've got great Chinese street food, which is going to be done by Jackson Fu," Hope said. "Owen from El Camino Real is doing Tiki tacos, and the owners from Añejo from New York are going to be doing empanadas."

And don't worry — while construction on the park goes on, there will still be parking at the site.

"We will continue to have parking at this site," Hope added. "We estimate somewhere between 150 and 200 cars will be able to park in the lot."

If you can't find it, just look for the gigantic robot sculpture.

Piazza Pod Park
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"Bebot was designed and exhibited at Burning Man this past year," he said. "We acquired this piece of art, broke him down and trucked him across the country, and erected him here in Northern Liberties, and he now welcomes all the guests entering the Piazza Pod Park."

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