Philly YIMBY’s recent site visit has observed that construction is currently underway at a 12-story, 329-unit building proposed at 418 Spring Garden Street in Northern Liberties, Lower North Philadelphia, where a pair of tall concrete cores are currently rising. Designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz, the high-rise, also known as 5th + Spring Garden, will stand 137 feet tall to the top of the main roof and 152 feet tall to the top of the bulkhead. The ground floor will feature abundant commercial space. A total of 87 parking spaces will be included within the project.
Southern Northern Liberties, an area that may also be referred to as Cohoquinoque (a native name for a local creek that still flows under the neighborhood’s streets), is one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods, yet it was transformed nearly beyond recognition by a postwar urban renewal process that turned it into a foreboding zone of warehouse-style commercial and industrial buildings surrounded by large parking lots. At the moment, however, the neighborhood is at a precipice of transforming yet again, this time into a vibrant, dense, walkable residential neighborhood with ample mid- and high-rise buildings and street-level retail. As such, we look forward to construction progress at 418 Spring Garden Street and similar developments throughout the area.
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Stop trying to make Cohoquinoque happen, it’s not going to happen.
This can be misleading. “Southern Northern Liberties, an area that may also be referred to as Cohoquinoque (a native name for a local creek that still flows under the neighborhood’s streets), is one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods, yet it was transformed nearly beyond recognition by a postwar urban renewal process that turned it into a foreboding zone of warehouse-style commercial and industrial buildings surrounded by large parking lots.”
If you look at the very old maps of Philadelphia in it’s earliest days, the area was called Northern Liberties, not Cohoquinoque. The stream that ran through the area was called Cohoquinoque.
Trying to change the name to be hip or trendy for the sake of increased real estate sales is not cool.
Omg. Who in this and other universes cares about the name?? It’s a beautiful and more importantly, dense building that’s being built in an area where buildings like these should be built and not some 3 story townhome with a Bodega facing the street. Rejoice!!!
Density is more important than aesthetics? You are everything that’s wrong with 21 st century development.
Ok let me put it this way for you. Of course I would prefer a combination of looks and density in a building. However, if I had to choose between a marvelous 3 story townhouse designed by Antoni Gaudi or SCB’s building that looks even somewhat similar to the rendering at an intersection of 5th and SG….you better believe I’d choose the latter. Oh and btw, enjoy your last few months in the office, Mr. Mayor 😆
For those of us long term residents who have been living in Northern Liberties, the name is part of our identities. For someone come along and push for a name change for marketing purposes, as often happens on this website, it doesn’t sit well.
Regarding the building itself, it’s ok. It could be worse, it could be better.
How can a building presented as 137 feet tall in all renderings to l&I, the community, and then the CDR for approvals, now get built as 152 feet tall? Why care? I live 1 block away. An architect did a shadow study for me at 137 ft. I built a deck off my third floor to catch the last remaining sun. At 152 feet it will throw a shadow over my entire house and deck all winter. On the building permit, it says the developer must build according to the plans they provide to get their approvals or else.
Or else what? Far worse than a 15 foot deviation will become S.O.P. in Philly unless it’s stopped.
People want a government that protects them.
Nice looking building.