The tenth-tallest building on Philly YIMBY’s December 2020 Development Countdown is the 380-foot-tall, 31-story One Dock Street in Society Hill, Center City. Designed by Bower Lewis Thower Architects, the proposal shares the address with the adjacent Philadelphia Marriott Old City and will feature 272 rental units. The building will stand just to the east of I.M. Pei’s 309-foot-tall Society Hill Towers, which in 1964 sprung into the skyline of Old City, one of the city’s oldest districts. Our recent site visit revealed no progress at the site as of yet.
The new tower will be clad in glass and metal and will have slim eastern and western profiles with wide northern and southern profiles. The proposal was first revealed in January 2019, to the excitement of development watchers eager to see skyline and density growth and to the protests of NIMBYs arguing that the building could harm the predominantly low-rise, historic area of the city, despite being located across from three brutalist concrete towers.
Zoning permits were approved a little over three months later. In May 2019, construction permits for the foundation were posted, and seven months later LCOR Incorporated announced that the building could possibly start in 2020, though the zoning board pushed against the building during that year. However, no progress has been visible on the physical site and the city’s website as of yet.
No anticipated completion date has been announced, but the building could be completed by 2024.