Several sizeable developments are currently in the works in Old City, the tallest of which is the tower that LCOR Incorporated plans to construct at One Dock Street. Bower Lewis Thrower Architects is the designer for the 374-foot-tall, 31-story proposal that would rise even higher than I.M. Pei’s Society Hill Towers, built just to the south in 1964. The new building will hold 272 rental units.
The second phase of the 16-story Hamilton at 1500 Hamilton Street nears topping out, as its steel superstructure has risen above its 147-foot, ten-story neighbor that opened last year. The two buildings were designed by Bower Lewis Thrower Architects and developed by Radnor Property Group and the Community College of Philadelphia The complex sits across from the CBS 3 Eyewitness News Building, a block west of North Broad Street, in a development hotspot where several major projects are currently under planning.
Spring Garden Street has seen a number of proposals in recent months, such as 501 Spring Garden Street in Northern Liberties. Bower Lewis Thrower Architects is the designer and Neal and Victor Rodin are the developers behind the 153-foot, 13-story high-rise, which will feature retail at the ground floor and 382 apartments above. The proposal, which was unveiled in the beginning of the year, will replace a strip mall and add much-needed density to the neighborhood.
When 417-foot-tall, 32-story office tower at 1101 Market Street went up in Market East in 1984, it left a dramatic impact on the skyline, becoming one of Center City’s tallest buildings east of City Hall. The high-rise, developed by The Girard Estate and designed by BLT Architects, was once called One Reading Center, yet it is better known by its more recent name: Aramark Tower. In 2018, Aramark moved out of the building and relocated to the it new headquarters at 2400 Market Street. However, 1101 Market Street’s large office floors and sweeping all-direction views made it easy to attract a new anchor tenant, and Jefferson Health has now moved in, leasing 14 floors, renaming the building Jefferson Center, and installing its logo on the building pinnacle.
Last month, developer Midwood Investment and Development unveiled a proposal for a 445-foot high-rise at 204 South 12th Street in Washington Square West, Center City. the 32-story tower will dominate the surrounding blocks with its prominent height. The slender tower, which takes up an entire blockfront of South 12th Street between St. James and Chancellor streets, will offer three tall retail floors at the base, with 448 rental residences above. Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and BLT Architects are the architecture firm behind the design. Partial permits have been filed for the demolition of the existing structures at the site and the new construction.