A massive parking garage that took up nearly an entire block is mostly demolished at 123 South 12th Street in Market East, Center City. The large residential building, dubbed 12 + Sansom, will make a positive impact on the area with its addition of 412 residential units. Designed by Studios Architecture and Bower Lewis Thower Architects and developed by Greystar Real Estate Partners, the building will stand 265 feet and 20 stories tall, a significant height for the neighborhood, though more residential towers are on their way to join the area.
The prewar buildings that once stood at the site were long since demolished to make way for a parking lot, which was replaced with a parking garage by 1965. The garage was very active during its operation, but demolition permits were filed in January of this year. The design of the building was updated over a month after the permit filing.
The new gap in the sky, where the demolished structure once stood, is very noticeable. The parking garage appears to be demolished entirely when viewed from this perspective, but a walk to to the west reveals that around five percent, or slightly more, of the structure is still standing on the southeast corner of the site. Crumbled concrete and twisted rebar litters the lot, while excavation and piling work has started on the northwest corner.
The building may be completed by 2023.