Yesterday Philly YIMBY published a feature story covering the 1,050-foot-tall Philadelphia World Trade Center supertall planned at 456 North Christopher Columbus Boulevard on the Delaware River waterfront in Northern Liberties in 1988. After the proposal fell through, developer Carl Marks Real Estate Group contracted Alesker & Dundon Architects to redesign the project as four shorter yet still impressive skyscrapers, which were to take up most of the 5.5-acre site. The development would now be known as World Trade Square, and later as Renaissance Plaza.
Delaware River waterfront
Permits have been issued for the construction of three mixed-use buildings at 918-80 North Delaware Avenue in Northern Liberties, North Philadelphia. Designed by HDO Architecture, the development will feature 462 residential units spread across five buildings, with a sixth structure holding building amenities. Permits were recently issued for Building A, Building B, and Building D. Each will rise seven stories and feature a green roof.
In 1988, plans were revealed for a 1,050-foot-tall, 65-story Philadelphia World Trade Center supertall at 456 North Christopher Columbus Boulevard on the Northern Liberties waterfront. The tower would have stood just to the north of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, located close to the boundary between North Philadelphia and Center City. The plan, which later evolved to the World Trade Square project, consisted of three shorter high-rises alongside the main tower. The skyscraper was designed by Kling Lindquist, which was also bend the Bell Atlantic Tower and the unbuilt Center City Tower. Carl Marks Real Estate Team, along with Lance Silver and Stuart Harting, were the developers.
Permits have been issued for a residential conversion for the iconic Delaware Generating Station, located at 1325 Beach Street on the Delaware River waterfront in Fishtown. The project calls for alterations to the massive abandoned structure and creation of 216 rental residential units. The renovation area will span 235,204 square feet of space. The construction cost is listed at $29,671,303.
At number 29 on Philly YIMBY’s December 2020 Development Countdown is the 290-foot-tall, 24-story building planned at 300 North Columbus Boulevard in Old City, on the Delaware River waterfront near the border of Northern Liberties. The 370,000-square foot building will yield 360 units and is designed by Handel Architects and developed by the Durst Organization, which recently won a bid to develop the gigantic Penn’s Landing Redevelopment a few blocks to the south. Philly YIMBY’s recent site visit revealed no construction at the site, although there are signs that work may begin soon.