In Center City West, the two-tower Riverwalk development next to the Schuylkill River is steadily progressing with the 315-foot-tall, 28-story north tower topped out, and the core of the south tower rising around a quarter of its future 362-foot, 32-story height. The nearly identical towers, developed by PMC Properties and designed by Gensler, the development will bring a total of 711 residential units, with 331 residential units in the north tower and 380 units in the south tower. The pair will bring a total of over 100,000 square feet of floor space in a rapidly growing section of Center City.
The Rittenhouse Square area is poised for dramatic skyline changes in the coming years, where the 599-foot-tall Laurel is the city’s tallest under-construction building. Yesterday, a Civic Design Review document revealed Pearl Properties’ plan for a 567-foot-tall tower at 113-121 South 19th Street. The svelte, 567-foot-tall, 49-story, 267,874-square-foot skyscraper will incorporate existing historic buildings into the base and will include 30,180 square feet of commercial space at the lower floors and 183 residential units above. DAS Architecture and Planning is the project architect.
The western fringe of Center City has long been a peripheral area, yet a recent influx of proposals will soon transform the numerous parking lots of Center City West and western Logan Square into a bustling, dense neighborhood. The Edgewater Apartments at 230 North 23rd Street will be located at the northern edge of the rapidly developing area, a block away from the Schuylkill River. The 145,473-square-foot complex will rise 83 feet and seven stories with 180 residences ranging from studios to two bedrooms. JKRP Architects is the project designer.
Developer Atrium Design Group plans to construct a residential building at 230 Vine Street in Old City. The 54,000-square-foot structure will hold 16 units and along with 16 parking spaces and will feature an accessible roof. The building will replace the Painted Bride Arts Center, which has caused a controversy since the current building’s exterior is covered with a unique mosaic by artist Isaiah Zagar.
As many areas of Center City, notably Center City West, are rapidly filling up with development, Chinatown still has a surprisingly high number of underdeveloped lots. A two-building proposal is slated for one such site at 800 and 830 Vine Street. The Equal Justice Center Towers, developed by Pennrose Management Company and designed by Robert’s & Todd Design, will span a 3.2-acre lot and consist of a mixed-use 13-story high-rise with 132 market rate units, 53 affordable senior units and 150 hotel rooms, and a nine-story office building. A large public plaza will sit at the corner and run between the two buildings at a diagonal angle.