Nearly 20 years ago, a 890-foot-tall, 50-story skyscraper was proposed at 1739 Vine Street in Franklintown, North Philadelphia (or, by an alternate definition, in Logan Square, Center City). Located just to the north of Vine Street, at the intersection with North 17th Street, the tower would have dominated the northern edge of the skyline core. Designed by Hillier Architecture, the project featured a major setback on the north side and a taller, curved section at the south side, with a spire extending above the main structure. Renderings show a façade of light turquoise glass with white metal highlights.
Philly YIMBY’s recent site visit has spotted construction signs and machinery at the site of Cathedral Place Phase One in Logan Square. Both indicate an imminent groundbreaking for the 245-foot-tall, 23-story tower proposed at 222 North 17th Street at the northern fringe of Center City. The building is developed by Exeter Property Group the Archdiocese of Philadelphia as part of the two-tower Cathedral Place development, which will rise next to the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. Phase One, located at the southeast corner of the block-spanning project, will replace a parking lot with a three story building. The structure will span 265,849 square feet and will offer a total of 273 residential units, over 3,000 square feet of retail space, and 18 underground parking spaces. The tower was designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz, which has designed many recent projects across the city.
At number one on Philly YIMBY’s Annual December Countdown is Cathedral Place Phase Two, a 685-foot-tall tower planned at 1700 Vine Street in Logan Square, Center City. The skyscraper is part of Cathedral Place, a proposed redevelopment of the block-sized archdiocesan campus centered around the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, a block east of Logan Square. The development will also include a new 23-story high-rise. The taller tower will be designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz, though only a general massing is available at this point. The massing model shows a bulky building with a lower section to the west, which steps up toward the tower. Our site visit has revealed no construction activity yet at the tower site, which consists of a low-rise structure and a parking lot. Both towers are being developed by Exeter Property Group.
Number 22 on Philly YIMBY’s December Development Countdown is 33 North 22nd Street, a tower that is proposed to stand 328 feet (or 316 feet if measuring from the John F. Kennedy Boulevard) and 29 stories tall in Center City West. Philly YIMBY’s latest site visit revealed that the parking lot at the site is still active with shoppers at the Trader Joe’s grocery store at 2121 Market Street. Designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz and developed by PMC Property Group, the building will bring 341 units to the rapidly growing neighborhood.
At number 28 on Philly YIMBY’s December Development Rundown is the curvy mixed-use tower proposed at 303-foot-tall, 22-story 2301 John F. Kennedy Boulevard in Center City West (alternately Logan Square). Developed by PMC Property Group, which is responsible for several developments in the area and designed by Gensler, the building will rise on a vacant lot to the north of the iconic PECO Building. The triangular lot is an improbable location for a high-rise, especially one that will make a noticeable impact on the Philadelphia skyline, as it is located between the elevated John F. Kennedy Boulevard and the elevated rail line. The building will be primarily residential with some office space on the lower floors.