Philly to sell old Provident Building in West Philly 1 1/2 years after deciding not to put police HQ there

Pat Loeb
November 29, 2018 - 6:31 pm
Philadelphia City Hall

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — It looks like the city is finally going to unload a large West Philadelphia property, 1 1/2 years after it decided not to put a new police department headquarters there. A bill was introduced to city council on Thursday that would clear the way for the sale. 

The city abandoned a plan to make the imposing building at 4601 Market Street the new police headquarters after it had already sunk more than $50 million into the project. Planning officials have said the city will never recoup that money but with the bill introduced by Councilman Jannie Blackwell, it can at least begin to get some of it back.

The bill clears the way for sale of the building to Iron Stone Real Estate Partners for a health complex with a fitness center and day care.

Councilman Blackwell says there was some disagreement about what it should include.

"Everybody was on a different side and people were adament about what they wanted and not willing to work together, and that's really what held us up all this time, so we're glad we're moving forward," Blackwell said. 

She's scheduled a hearing on the bill for just before council's next session so the bill can be voted on before the holiday break. City officials say the price will be determined by an appraisal. 

Meanwhile, the city is financing renovations at 400 North Broad Street for a new police headquarters.