Neglected side street along Reading Terminal Market is getting much-need face lift

Steve Tawa
May 19, 2019 - 4:00 am

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — On the north side of the iconic Reading Terminal Market, a rather dark and neglected stretch of 12th and Filbert Streets, is about to be transformed.

The window of Glenn Mueller's Mueller Chocolate Company is looks right out at the 1100 block of Filbert, with that built-in train shed roof.

“It gives us an excellent opportunity to expand the market outside of its physical walls, and allows us to program some really cool events out of the weather,” he said.

He says they'll activate 15,000 square feet of public space directly adjacent to the market.

“The plan starts with making sure that this remains a multi-purpose public street,” explained Anuj Gupta, the general manager at Reading Terminal Market.

Yes, you will still be able to drive east on Filbert, but they're widening the sidewalk, and putting in street furniture to expand dining and seating capacity.

“Now, Filbert Street will become the first curbless street in Center City,” Gupta said.

They're also installing removable bollards to allow Filbert to be closed for special events.

Glenn Mueller, who also represents the Reading Terminal Merchants Association, likes that idea.

“Weddings, or large corporate parties, festivals, and all sorts of food related things,” Mueller added.

A portion of the reconstructed street will also be dedicated to passenger loading and unloading.