Renderings have been revealed for a large mixed-use development situated at 1314 North Broad Street in Cecil B. Moore, within the Temple University area in North Philadelphia. Designed by Wulff Architects, the project involves the renovation of a set of existing, four-story brownstones, with a 13-story addition built at the rear. The expanded building will include 103,493 square feet of floor space. Commercial space will be located on the first through fourth floors, spanning 14,819 square feet of space, as well as 208 residential units. No parking is planned with the development, which is a logical proposal given its prime transit-accessible location.
The exterior of the existing brownstones will remain largely unaltered. The bottom three floors are clad entirely of an elegant and stately brownstone, while the fourth floor features a mansard roof with dormer windows, adding lore texture to the design. Meanwhile, the overbuild will feature a much more modern design, with gray cladding acting as the primary material. In other areas, lighter gray cladding is used, as well as a few rows of white cladding that act as an accent. Many large windows will allow for a large amount of natural light to read into interior units.
The tower will also feature a unique outdoor space. At the structure’s pinnacle, a roof deck will be offered to residents of the building, with its elevated position offering sweeping skyline views. The space will host a variety of outdoor seating that will attract future tenants to the building.
The development will also feature a pleasant streetscape, that will be a great addition to the ever-busy Broad Street sidewalks. Bike racks will be installed, encouraging environmentally-friendly travel, and a small garden space will add greenery to the sidewalk.
The new tower will stand directly adjacent to a recently completed high-rise dubbed The Nest, which towers over Broad Street and acts as a major connector between the towers of Center City and Temple University. The new building will help solidify this connection, and serve as a fill-in for the missing piece of the potential future canyon, which could stretch along Broad Street from south of Center City all the way to Temple University in the future.
The new density that will be added along the corridor will help support the many businesses in the area, and help attract more into some of the remaining vacant commercial spaces. While some neighboring residents likely fear the development’s lack of parking, it is important to remember that most of the residents will likely be walking or biking to the nearby Temple University Campus or taking the Broad Street Line into Center City. The vast majority of the building’s residents won’t own a vehicle, and therefore won’t steal the neighborhood’s low amount of coveted parking spaces.
Philly YIMBY will track the tower’s progress as the development advances closer to its construction phase.