Permits have been filed for the demolition of a parking garage at 1620 Sansom Street in Rittenhouse Square, Center City, two blocks south of the Liberty Place complex. In its place will rise a 340-foot-tall, 27-story residential tower, designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz and developed by Southern Land Company, which is currently constructing The Laurel Rittenhouse Square nearby. The tower will will feature a varied mix of materials and will span a major portion of the block, standing on a site measures around 190 by 95 feet. The building will have 298 units and 19,600 square feet of restaurant space, 5,200 square feet of retail, and 67 underground parking spaces.
The proposal was revealed in July 2020, defying negative real estate forecasts during the difficult year. Construction permits were filed in October. The site is currently occupied by an aging three-story parking garage with spiral ramps.
A recent YIMBY visit revealed that many of the security booths are empty, though the garage remained active, notwithstanding low vehicle traffic. Just recently, Southern Land Company has closed on purchasing the garage, which means the closing of the garage may come shortly and demolition may take place later this year.
No completion date has been announced, but the tower may be finished by 2023 or 2024.