A rendering has been revealed for 1451 North Broad Street, a 230-foot-tall residential building proposed in Yorktown, North Philadelphia, in the Temple University area. Designed by Philadelphia-based Cecil Baker + Partners and developed by 1451 North Broad LLC, the 19-story building will yield 225 units as well as 5,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space, 21 parking spaces, and amenities on the second floor including lounges and an outdoor deck.
The rendering depicts a modern design with floor-to-ceiling glass with white and gray accenting. The property is currently occupied by a the one-story Mt. Olive Holy Temple, which only takes up the corner of the overall plot.
This proposal for the southeast corner of North Broad Street and Jefferson Street was unveiled in late June of 2019, bringing another 200-foot tower to North Philadelphia near Temple University. The tower is shown to soar above the street just a block to the north of the 215-foot 1324 North Broad Street that has been completed for almost two years now.
The status on the project is unknown, as just a month later after plans were unveiled, the project went to the Civic Design Review and was critiqued for being “too tall.” A few months later in September, the tower was denied according to documents from the city site. For some time the the proposal seemed dead, but in January 2020 documents were posted back onto the city site as if the building was approved, but with no news after that.
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This project has a very interesting history as it was blocked by City Council man Darrell Clarke who exercised his councilmantic powers to stop the project on behalf of a few African-American women despondent at the prospect of losing their church. Problem inherent was the church was declining in members and the pastor wanted to sell the building to a developer and find an affordable location to carry on.
The Council man listened to the aggrieved women over the pastor and held up everything,
Looks like there is nothing new in the story as the church is financially distressed as the pastor has claimed, Perhaps they will finish CDR and seek permits if this is a by right project.
Thank for the background info.
Oh that’s right Steve……according to you , AFRICAN AMERICAN concerns nor their votes should not count when it comes to their community. You are so sick in your mind. Sad.
As much as I’d hate to demolish churches, the point of the matter was the church looked like it was built in the 1960’s -1970’s. The 230′ tall building is a welcome addition to North Central Philadelphia and it will help that area boom and blossom into a major part of this city the way University City does for West Philadelphia.