The third-tallest building on Philly YIMBY’s Annual December Countdown is The Laurel, which is rising at 1911 Walnut Street in Rittenhouse Square, Center City, just to the northwest of Rittenhouse Square Park. The reinforced concrete structure currently stands around one-third of its eventual height of 599 feet and 48 stories. The building will feature 185 rental units as well as 60 condo units at the top. The $300-million tower was designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz, which has designed many buildings around the city, and developed by the Southern Land Company, which has been trying to redevelop the site into a residential skyscraper for over a decade.
Demolition permits have been filed for a two-story commercial structure at 214 North 12th Street in Chinatown, Center City. The property is situated on the west side of the block that is located between Spring Street and Summer Street. The building has a footprint that spans 573 square feet. Kaing Estate LLC is the listed owner.
Many developments near Rittenhouse Square are about to transform the local skyline. At number four on Philly YIMBY’s Annual December Countdown is 113-121 South 19th Street, a slender tower proposed at a site that spans five properties, which will maintain their façade within the new tower’s base. This Center City tower will rise 567 feet and 49 stories high. The tower is designed by DAS Architecture and Planning and developed by Pearl Properties, which has a handful of developments in progress across the city. Philly YIMBY’s recent site visit captures the buildings that currently stand at the site.
The fifth-tallest building on Philly YIMBY’s Annual December Countdown is located at 1826 Chestnut Street in Rittenhouse Square, Center City, a conceptual design for which recently leaked online. The details of the tower are entirely lacking, aside from the logo of Goodman Properties, the current owner and possible developer. The screenshot shows a building that rises approximately 550 feet tall around 42 stories. The tower will likely be a residential building which appears to rise from the preserved exterior of the former Aldine Theatre, now occupied by a pharmacy. As expected, Philly YIMBY’s recent site visit has revealed no signs of construction.
The sixth-tallest project on Philly YIMBY’s Annual December Countdown is the most visible development currently under construction in Philadelphia. Arthaus at 311 South Broad Street in Washington Square West, Center City, has already made a major impact on the skyline as it nears topping out at its eventual height of 542 feet and 45 stories (though the marketing material describes the building as 47 stories tall). The building is designed by Kohn Pendersen Fox, the globally renowned firm that also designed the 792-foot-tall BNY Mellon Center, the city’s fifth-tallest building, and is developed by Dranoff Properties. The building will feature 108 condominium apartments. Philly YIMBY’s recent site visit revealed busy activity at the site, with cladding going up and workers moving back and forth on the site.