At number 29 on Philly YIMBY’s December Development Rundown is the 290-foot-tall, 24-story building planned at 300 North Columbus Boulevard in Old City, on the Delaware River waterfront near the border of Northern Liberties. The 370,000-square foot building will yield 360 units and is designed by Handel Architects and developed by the Durst Organization, which recently won a bid to develop the gigantic Penn’s Landing Redevelopment a few blocks to the south. Philly YIMBY’s recent site visit revealed no construction at the site, although there are signs that work may begin soon.
The design was revealed at the beginning of 2020, receiving mixed responses from the local YIMBY community for its architecture and with praise for its boost to the density of the area two blocks north of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. In mid-November, the development received a construction permit, which is now attached to the fence of the site. The construction is not planned to start until 2021, though there are already some signs that the work will be starting soon. Trucks and other vehicles have been observed entering and exiting the site, cones are spread out across the former parking lot, and signs marketing the project are posted along the fence.
The development is one of the largest in an area that is seeing a high volume of construction.
The building is projected to be completed sometime by 2030.