YIMBY’s recent site visit revealed that construction work has not yet started on the tower planned at 1101 Walnut Street in Washington Square West, Center City. Designed by JKRP Architects and LD Investment Partners LLC and Ernest Bock and Sons Inc., the building will stand 259 feet and 23 stories tall and will be clad in an exterior of alternating light and dark sections. The building will feature 111 units, along with retail space on the ground floor.
Previously, a Wendy’s restaurant stood at the site. Permits for demolition were filed in January, when the restaurant was still bustling with customers. In April, demolition began and the building quickly came down by July. All that is left at the site are the tiles of the restaurant around the footprint of the former structure.
Since the April update, not much has happened at the site. The site appears to look exactly as it did in the previous update, with tiles still on the ground and no machines at the site. A fence still surroundings the parcel and on-site signs promote the developer. Sidewalks remain accessible around the lot as the footprint of the pre-existing structure.
No completion date has been announced, though construction may be finished by 2023 or 2024.
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Could be reduction in size due to FAA insistence on size reductions for new constructions . This is to approve landing pad for Jefferson.
Delta Force Night stalkers have no problem navigating helicopters around tall buildings to land at a hospital landing pad, but the FAA?
Doesn’t Jefferson already have a helipad across the street?
The design is meh.
Nothing special, especially the height.
I mentioned before how buildings like this continue to honor the (illegal) Gentleman’s agreement on the east side.
Until we have supertall soaring skyscrapers on the east side, the Center City skyline will never be balanced.
Never understood why a supertall could not be built at 8th and Market street with an intersection of public transportation of MFL and the PATCO Speedlite.
Yes Jefferson has a helicopter landing pad. FAA butted it’s ass on stopping supertall projects after the horse exited the barn.
Helicopter landing stop could be moved to place along Delaware River with patients taken to Jefferson by ambulance.
Thus we can build taller!
Much as I support taller building heights, particularly in the central parts of the city, it is extremely important to deliver critical patients to the hospital ASAP, even if it means height restrictions on adjacent blocks.
You disappoint me, Vitali.
I never thought a Yimby would speak like a Nimby.
I grew up with the short and squatty skyline and am glad that Willard Rouse teamed up with John Street to end the silly height limit.
The hearing took place in Center City east at WHYY studio.
The NIMBY opposition was loud and annoying!
Don’t become a Nimby, Vitali.
Another option could be for Jeff to move it’s hospital to Hahemans 1980 built hospital and build new helipad on site. FAA can have a hissy fit over something so ridiculous such as yet to be built buildings