Several sizeable developments are currently in the works in Old City, the tallest of which is the tower that LCOR Incorporated plans to construct at One Dock Street. Bower Lewis Thrower Architects is the designer for the 374-foot-tall, 31-story proposal that would rise even higher than I.M. Pei’s Society Hill Towers, built just to the south in 1964. The new building will hold 272 rental units.
A mixed-use development is anticipated at 200 Race Street, located at the southwest corner of Race Street and North Second Street in the Old City neighborhood of Center City, a block south of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. Originally proposed to stand 230 feet and 19 stories tall, has since been downsized to 65 feet and six stories after pushback from the Philadelphia Historical Commission. Designed by Ambit Architecture and developed by Revolution Development Group, the revised iteration will contain 6,000 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor and 49 residential units above.
On Wednesday, after a lengthy review process, the New York City-based Durst Organization has been selected to head the Penn’s Landing redevelopment on the Delaware River waterfront in Center City. Durst’s master plan consists of an expanded Penn’s Landing park as well as new waterfront park space and several high-rise buildings, the tallest of which appears to reach around 700 feet. The plan is expected to bring 3.6 million square feet of floor space, much of which would be designated for 1,834 residential units. The development will leave a dramatic impact both on the riverfront and on the city skyline.
The Durst Organization is proposing to replace a large parking lot at the Delaware River waterfront with a 290-foot, 24-story residential building at 300 North Christopher Columbus Boulevard in Center City. Handel Architects have crafted the structure as a wide, jagged slab facing its broad side toward the river. The development will rise three-quarters as high as the nearby, 385-foot-tall Benjamin Franklin Bridge and will bring much-needed activity to the long-neglected stretch of the waterfront.
A zoning permit has been filed calling for a full demolition of a four-story pre-war building at 107 Chestnut Street in Old City. The permit states that the site would remain vacant yet hints at future construction with a note stating that such a process would require new permits. Cheswal LP is the listed owner.