Today, November 9th, 2018, project partners, construction crews and funders signed the last steel beam and it was placed on New Market West reaching the first milestone in the new construction of the building. There is a significance to the pine “topping” tree, they celebrate completion of the skeleton of a building structure. The evergreen is attached to the top beam as it is hoisted, a signal that the building has reached its final height. For some, the evergreen symbolizes good luck and prosperity for the future occupants of the building.
New Market West is a four story, 135,700 square foot hub for retail and community services on a 1.5 acre vacant site near the 60th and Market Street El stop in West Philadelphia. The building will bring high quality early childhood education; workforce development, educational and emergency support services; behavioral health services; and community-serving retail to this transit-accessible location.
New Market West is a joint venture between Mission First Housing Group and Horizon House, two organizations with a long history of creatively using their expertise in affordable housing and human service delivery to make a difference to people in need across Philadelphia. Now, with the strength of community-based partner ACHIEVEability, the organizations have an opportunity to bring this work to the Haddington-Cobbs Creek community.
The Construction of New Market West is a joint venture between McDonald Building Company and Mission First’s general contractor Columbus Property Management. Construction is expected to be complete by fall 2019.