Permits have been issued for a high-rise tower at 33 North 22nd Street in Center City West. Designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz and developed by the PMC Property Group, the building will rise 328 feet and 29 stories tall and feature 341 residential units. A parking garage will be included within the structure, which will add to its sizable height. In total, the development will yield 456,380 square feet of space. Construction costs are estimated at $136,000,000.
The new tower will feature a sleek, all-glass exterior that shares similarities with Riverwalk, an active two-towered development under construction to the west, also developed by PMC. A stunning ripple effect will be created by glass placed in slight cantilevers, and will likely help the building catch sunlight from different angles in a pleasant manner.
The building will also bring a great street presence and vastly improve the existing sidewalk conditions. Renderings show floor-to-ceiling windows and a large entrance area to reach the interior lobby. Street trees will be planted along the entirety of the building’s footprint. Garden spaces add greenery to one of the densest areas in the city. Bike racks along the sidewalk will also improve local environmental-friendly transit options.
The building will replace a surface parking lot, which can be seen in the above image. The lot is used for customer parking for the neighboring Trader Joe’s supermarket. The grocery store is one of the city’s most popular, attracting customers from a wide-range, which is why the parking lot has lasted as long as it has. However, the new development will dedicate some of its garage spaces to customers. Additionally, a new entrance to the grocery store will open along Market Street, so it will no longer be necessary to wrap around the building’s rear for entrance.
The new development is going to be a massive improvement for the site, adding a high-rise tower to a location currently offering only cars and asphalt. The addition of 341 residential units is perfect for such a walkable location, and will provide a major density boost over the existing zero units on the parcel. The new height will not be skyline-changing, but it will still make a solid impact and will be visible from many locations throughout the city.
With permits now issued, construction may begin any time, and hopefully will before the Summer of 2022.