Philadelphia adapting to growing tower

Nov. 5, 2006 at 7:08 PM

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- As construction on the soon-to-be-57-story Comcast Tower in Philadelphia roars on, the tower's neighbors have begun to adjust accordingly.

Whether it's getting used to being awakened at 6 a.m. by the sound of deafening construction or simply adjusting to losing a once majestic view, area individuals have had to alter their lives for the growing tower, the Philadelphia Inquirer said.

"I've learned more than I really ever want to know about construction," said Rev. G. Clayton Ames III, for whom the project serves as an unwanted alarm clock.

Despite the complaints surrounding the construction, most people said they see the long-term value of the building.

"When they first started, there was a lot of noise around," Pete Soens, who helps manage the nearby Robert Morris Building, told the newspaper, "but we're 98 percent occupied, and I think tenants in our building see it as a positive with the retail space it will bring. When it's done, it's going to move the whole CBD (central business district) a block or two north."

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