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Work Proceeds Apace on Renovation of Dilworth Plaza, at Philadelphia City Hall

(Looking northwest from South Penn Square, near the Ritz-Carlton Residences.  Credit: Paul Kurtz)

(Looking northwest from South Penn Square, near the Ritz-Carlton Residences. Credit: Paul Kurtz)

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By Paul Kurtz

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Work crews have begun the next phase of the massive renovation of Dilworth Plaza, on the west apron of City Hall (see related story).

Pedestrians have seen very little in the way of tangible results after a year’s worth of work along the 15th Street side of  City Hall.  That’s because construction crews spent the first few months tearing the plaza apart and the rest of the year installing columns and beams around Septa subway lines below.

But phase three is underway, and you can now see what’s going on, according to Paul Levy, head of the Center City District.

“You’ll start seeing the foundations and frames for the water tanks that will support the fountain and the base that will support the elevators and cafés,” he tells KYW Newsradio.  “And by the spring, I’d say by May or June, people will start seeing the plaza take shape.”

There’s still another 18 months to go, but Levy says crews are on schedule for a June ribbon-cutting ceremony.