The team behind the high-rise proposed at 200 Spring Garden Street in Northern Liberties has submitted a documentation package for Civic Design Review. Designed by Handel Architects and developed by National Real Estate, the planned tower will rise 14 stories tall and will feature 18,187 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor, as well as 355 residential units spanning 298,668 square feet of space and 106 off-street parking spaces.
The southern portion of Northern Liberties, situated between Center City and North Philadelphia, is located between Spring Garden Street, Interstate 95, the Vine Street Expressway, and 9th Street. The area has notoriously languished as a dead zone for years, comprised of surface lots and industrial buildings, save for a few surviving pre-war artifacts. To the south sits one of Philadelphia’s most desirable neighborhoods, Old City, where history permeates every block. To the north, the core portion of Northern Liberties also features rich history while showing a trendy and modern flare that makes it one of Philadelphia’s hottest neighborhoods. A massive amount of development has taken place in recent years in these two districts, making it even more surprising that the abysmal area between the two has remained as it has for such a long period of time. Thanks to a collection of recent announcements for planned developments, however, this looks to be changing in a big way in the near future. With the recent flurry of announcements, Philly YIMBY makes a brief overview of the proposals.
In the last few days, details have been slowly coming to light about a large potential development planned for 200 Spring Garden Street and 412 North 2nd Street in the zone situated between Northern Liberties and Old City. National Real Estate, the developers of the massive East Market complex in Center City, is behind the project. One of the two planned high-rises is a 14-story tower situated at 2nd and Spring Garden that will hold 355 residential units. The tower will stand 149 feet tall and will also include 105 parking spaces. The other building will be located at 412 North 2nd Street and will stand 244 feet and 23 floors high. Here, 397 residential units will be situated along with 106 parking spaces.
New renderings have been released for 300 North Columbus Boulevard via a Civic Design Review submission, giving an updated look at the high-rise that will stand just to the north of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. The structure will rise 28 stories and 316 feet tall, and will be located on the north side of the Old City neighborhood, near the boundary of Center City and Northern Liberties to the north, where several projects underway and many proposals have been revealed. The building was designed by Handel Architects, which had also designed the 805-foot Madison House at 15 East 30th Street in New York City. The project is being developed by The Durst Organization, which is also developing the massive Penn’s Landing Redevelopment just to the south of the Ben Franklin Bridge.
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.