Two Cathedral Square at 227 North 18th Street. Credit: Solomon Cordwell Buenz

The Ultimate 2022 Philly Skyline Rundown: Top 30 Tallest Buildings Under Construction and Proposed in Philadelphia

Earlier this month, YIMBY reported that Philadelphia is poised for a record year of construction in 2022. Low- and mid-rise projects, the type that will provide much-needed housing units by the thousands, comprise the bulk of new development. However, the city is also slated to gain a crop of new high-rises that will further boost the already iconic skyline. In recent weeks, we published several compilations, such as the December 2021 Development Countdown and two lists tallying up the current tallest under-construction and proposed projects. Today, we put them all together and add bonus content to create the Ultimate 2022 Philadelphia Skyline Rundown, which tallies the 30-plus tallest buildings that are under construction or proposed as of the start of this year. To avoid covering too much familiar ground, we added new features to each entry, such as quick facts, featured stories, project contractors (when applicable), and extra photos and renderings, some of which YIMBY has not yet shared before. Read on for our Top 30 list, which makes for Philly YIMBY’s most comprehensive development article to date.

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Current view fo 5542-44 Ridge Avenue. Credit: Google.

Permits Issued for 50-Unit Mixed-Use Building At 5542-44 Ridge Avenue In Roxborough, Northwest Philadelphia

Permits have been issued for the construction of a 50-unit mixed-use building at 5542-44 Ridge Avenue in RoxboroughNorthwest Philadelphia. Upon completion, the new building will stand three stories tall, with commercial space on the ground floor and apartments above. The structure will contain 45,500 square feet of space as well as multiple roof decks. Construction costs are estimated at $6.8 million.

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2222 Market Street. Credit: Gensler

Cladding Rises Nearly Halfway Up at 2222 Market Street in Center City West

Cladding rises nearly halfway up on the newest office tower in Philadelphia, which is currently under construction at 2222 Market Street in Center City West. The building rises 295 feet and 20 stories tall, situated in an area that will soon become a new development hub, near the Schuylkill River. The project was designed by Gensler, which is also behind several other new projects in the vicinity, and developed by Parkway Commercial Properties, which owns several parking lots around the city which it redevelops when the opportunity arises. The tower at 2222 Market Street is slated to become the new headquarters for law firm Morgan, Lewis, Bockius LLP.

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1821 Chestnut Street. Looking north. Credit: Google Maps

Parkway Corporation Seeks to Build Up To 60,000 Square Feet at 1821 Chestnut Street in Rittenhouse Square, Center City

Developer and parking operator Parkway Corporation seeks to redevelop a 3,000-square-foot property at 1821 Chestnut Street in Rittenhouse Square, Center City. Although Parkway Corporation specializes in operating parking lots and holding them as land banks for future development, in this instance the property is a single-story retail building (curiously, the property sits next to a parking lot, which does not appear to be affiliated with Parkway Corporation). The existing structure sits on narrow through-block lot that stretches from Chestnut Street to the south to alley-like Ranstead Street to the north. According to the developer, the lot is zoned CMX-5 for mixed-use development and can accommodate 36,000 square feet at a floor-area-ratio of 12:1, or 60,000 feet at an FAR of 20:1. Since the property is listed at Parkway Corporation’s “opportunities” page and no permits have been filed for the site, it appears that Parkway is seeking a partner and/or an anchor tenant prior to commencing development at the site.

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1331 South Juniper Street. Photo by Jamie Meller. January 2022

YIMBY Looks at Recently Completed 18-Unit Rental Building at 1331 South Juniper Street in Passyunk Square, South Philadelphia

Construction has been completed at 1331 South Juniper Street, a four-story mixed-use building in Passyunk SquareSouth Philadelphia. Designed by Moto Designshop and developed by High Top Real Estate and Development, the project consists of a three-story addition atop a single-story brick structure. The new building provides 18 residential units along with ground-floor commercial space and roof deck that offers views of the skyline. The pet-friendly building offers rental units ranging from one to two bedrooms with washers/dryers in every apartment.

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