The concrete structure at the Arthaus condominium at 311 South Broad Street has officially topped out on February 12th, when the last bucket of concrete was lifted to the pinnacle. A celebratory ceremony was held on that day, as work continued on the 542-foot-tall, 47-story tower, located in Washington Square West in south Center City. The skyscraper will house 108 residential units, along with retail situated on the first four floors. The project is developed by Dranoff Properties, which had acquired the site in 2013 with the intent of constructing the SLS International Hotel. Eugene Kohn of Kohn Pedersen Fox has been the lead designer since the earliest stages, when the development was still planned as a hotel.
The ceremony was held on the 28th floor and featured a presentation of design imagery and unit floor plans, as well as a white steel beam available for attendees to sign their names on. Carl Dranoff, founder and CEO of Dranoff Properties, gave a speech on the development and what it means for the city. Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, who was also present at the ceremony, stated that Dranoff has put the Avenue of the Arts on the map and remarked that the first property the he lived in in Old City was Dranoff’s first development. A tour was led through the 37th floor and the 41st floor, the latter of which features the highest open-air terrace at the tower.
The topping out coincides with a prediction YIMBY made in an August article, which was one of the first to be published at Philly YIMBY.
One more floor remains to be erected. The main roof slab will top out at 528 feet, not counting the bulkhead that will rise above. Starting in May, finished interiors will be open for tours, with more units to be toured later in 2021.
The tower’s anticipated completion will take place in May 2022.