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With deal for use of Market Street site, Philly officials hope to recoup $50M

The City of Philadelphia has a deal to unload a property once pegged as the new home of the Philadelphia Police Department.

Under the agreement with a private developer, the space at 4601 Market St. will become a health campus, Mayor Jim Kenney said Monday. The deal will help the city recover some of more than $50 million it spent on renovations.

“The work that was done at 4601 Market needed to be done anyway,” he said. “It needed a new roof, it needed new windows and it needed interior demolition.”

City officials changed their minds on the location, and the former Philadelphia Inquirer building on North Broad Street will become the new police headquarters.

Once the city sells the current police headquarters — known as the “Roundhouse” — at Eighth and Race streets, Kenney said he hopes to recoup the funds spent on renovating the West Philadelphia location.

Properties that will be up for sale, he said, are “No. 1, the ‘Roundhouse,’ the Sixth Police District building and the medical examiner’s office. So, in the end, it will all come out even.”

As city officials consider consolidating those operations at the North Broad Street site, Kenney said they will seek  community input before anything moves forward.

About the author

Tom MacDonald, Reporter

WHYY reporter Tom MacDonald is a lifelong Philadelphia area resident who has worked in the region since the mid-1980s. Tom started in commercial radio covering the MOVE standoff with police for WFIL-AM. He was also City Hall Bureau Chief covering government and politics for more than a decade for WWDB-FM. Tom has been heard on numerous stations in the region during the decade he worked for Metro Traffic, doing news, traffic and weather. Tom has also been heard nationally, doing reports for NPR, ABC News Radio, NBC Radio, and CBS Radio. He has won the Associated Press award for his coverage of the protests of the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia and a Religious Communicators award for a post-9/11 documentary he did with the late Peter Jennings.



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