Gas Station To Relocate For 20th + Arch at 2000 Arch Street In Center City West

20th + Arch via L2P20th + Arch via L2P

A prewar-style gas station will soon be relocated off the site of the 20th+Arch proposal at 2000 Arch Street in Center City West, where construction could start soon. The proposal will add height and density which, while not significant for the skyline, will be imposing for the area. The vicinity of the site feels empty, even though skyscrapers stand the site just blocks away. The building was designed by L2P, which has crafted the previous iteration for the 12-story Wellshaus project at 918 North Delaware Avenue. The building will stand 15 stories above ground at a possible total height of 260 feet. The property is owned and managed by Parkway Commercial Properties, which also runs a number of parking lots in Center City.

20th + Arch and Center City towers. Photo by Thomas Koloski

20th + Arch and Center City towers. Photo by Thomas Koloski

In the last update, not much progress was observed at the parking lot. The old structure sitting along 20th Street has been left intact and unoccupied, as the structure barely takes up any space. The parking lot was still been active, with many parking spots occupied by vehicles. 

The building will stand just two blocks away from the tallest structure in the city, the Comcast Technology Center at 1,121 feet tall.

2000-24 Arch Street relocation. Image from City of Philadelphia

2000-24 Arch Street relocation. Image from City of Philadelphia

Just recently on April 27th, a Zoom call with the Architectural Committee of the Philadelphia Historical Commission provided a plan to relocate the old structure that still stands on site. The gas station is the best preserved out of all of the other old gas stations that are still located in the city, which have been standing since not long after the initial proliferation of gas stations. The brick structure with a Spanish Colonial design will be relocated to the southwest corner of Aviator Park just across the street from the Franklin Institute.

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4 Comments on "Gas Station To Relocate For 20th + Arch at 2000 Arch Street In Center City West"

  1. Pictures of the prewar gas station before it is moved?

  2. Is this building still expected to be built for Chubb insurance? I thought Chubb suspended their search for a new property indefinitely.

  3. Gabriel Gottlieb | May 3, 2021 at 4:45 pm | Reply

    A little correction. It’s apparently not widely known that the Comcast Technology Center is actually 1,150 feet tall (1,149 and 6 inches to be exact, but we can round up). The original plan with 59 stories was to be 1,121 feet tall, but when they added the 60th story, they added the additional 30 feet (the roof is at 950 feet tall, up from I believe 915 feet tall in the original plan). Most people still don’t realize that the change was made, but I had a chance to see the blueprints used by the construction crew, hot off the press, several times in 2015, and nothing is more of an authority on the subject of building height than that. I wish the local media would realize that change.

    • Wow i just looked it up.. i never knew that, a few sites mark it as 1121 bt say its 59 too? So adding the 60th it is around 1150 0-0

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