Commerce Square, the complex of two gray-granite 41-storey buildings at 20th and Market Streets, has just finished renovating their plaza for the first time since the complex was built in the early 1990s. The renovation, designed by Commarts/Stantec, has much more outdoor seating, new benches, umbrellas, and landscaping and the fountain was rebuilt. The most exciting feature, however, is a 22′ by 20′ “media wall”, or jumbotron TV screen, along one of the walls of the plaza.
In front, on the Market Street sidewalk, there are two illuminated 42′ pylons to create an entrance from Market Street. The management of the complex is adding a new restaurant as well. All this makes the plaza at Commerce Square feel similar to The Piazza, in Northern Liberties, or the plaza and lobby of the Comcast Center. And, this will be right across the street from the newly renovated 2040 Market Street, which will have retail and 275 new apartments.
This is all very good news for the neighborhood around Riverwest.