Over the past 12 months since announcing 76 Place at Market East, there have been many developments and announcements, including renderings of what the project could look like, an announcement from the city confirming a community impact study, and the economic impact that the project will bring — more than 12,200 jobs and more than $1B in new tax revenue for the City, State, and School District of Philadelphia.
“Since 76 Place was first announced last year, we have had more than 75 meetings with community stakeholders and made several adjustments to our plans based on the feedback we’ve received. There is more listening to do before 76 Place becomes a reality, and we look forward to making additional updates to our proposal through continued dialogue like these meetings,” said David Gould, 76ers’ chief diversity and impact officer. “When we announced the project, it was just an idea. With much more community input and feedback, we are ready to start a broader engagement process to review and consider a more detailed proposal, which we will continue to update through public engagement and, eventually, a legislative process in City Council. We are grateful for all of the partners working with us to ensure this project is done the right way and look forward to sharing details about the arena and its potential impact on our city.”
As part of 76 Place’s commitment to ensuring the project is a win for all and reflects the city’s diversity, the team has kicked off a series of public information sessions to share information about the project, answer questions, and receive comments — providing a seat at the table for all to understand how the Arena can benefit their community. Now through August 31, attendees can learn details of the proposed arena project including job opportunities, design, transportation, community engagement, funding, tax revenues and community preservation. In addition, attendees have the opportunity to ask questions about the project and the process.
Meetings will take place on Tuesday, August 22 (Mandarin-language meeting), Tuesday, August 29 (Cantonese-language meeting), and Thursday, August 31 (English-language meeting). All meetings will take place from 6pm-8pm on Zoom and require advance registration at 76place.com. Additional virtual and in-person public meetings will be announced at a later date.
During each meeting, attendees will hear an overview of the project and have the opportunity to submit questions for members of the 76 Place team to answer during the Q&A portion. The presentation, recordings of all meetings, and written answers to questions asked will be available online after meetings are completed. The presentation content will be identical at all meetings.
The 76ers first announced its plans for 76 Place at Market East more than 12 months ago. Since then, the development team has been on a listening tour, conducting more than 75 meetings with community leaders, neighbors, workers and government officials to discuss the project and understand how the official proposal could address the needs of the community. These meetings are a continuation of these efforts, and additional meetings will be announced in the weeks to come.