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.
Philly YIMBY is launching its first annual December Development Countdown, where, in reverse height order, we look at the 31 tallest buildings proposed or under construction in Philadelphia. Number 31 on the list is 20th+Arch, a 260-foot-tall, 15-story office building planned at 2000 Arch Street in Center City West (alternatively in Logan Square). Developed by Parkway Commercial Properties (aka the Parkway Corporation) and designed by L2P Architects, the building will offer roughly 400,000 square feet of office space. No construction work has yet taken place.
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.
The Family Court Building at 1801 Vine Street in Center City’s Logan Square area was designed by John T. Widrim and W.R. Morton Keast and built between 1938 and 1941. In 2014, the Philadelphia Family Court moved out and the Peebles Corporation purchased the building with plans to convert it into a 220-room Journal Hotel. The hotel will span 250,000 square feet and feature a roof terrace, lounge area and spa. In addition to the hotel, Peebles is also considering options for some office space within the development.
Most new developments proposed along Benjamin Franklin Parkway in the Logan Square area of Center City consist of ground-up construction, yet at least one will involve a major renovation instead. The eight-story office building at 1709 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, also known as the United Way Building, was designed by Mitchell/Giurgola Associates and was completed in 1971 with a height of 89 feet and over 60,000 square feet of floor space. In April 2018, Pearl Properties purchased the entire building for $10.9 million. The exterior will remain largely intact, yet the interior will be thoroughly renovated up to a competitive 21st century standard. The future tenant will also have the option to install their logo on the the building parapet.