Philadelphia’s tallest currently under-construction building continues to rise at 1911 Walnut Street, where the Southern Land Company is erecting The Laurel Rittenhouse Square, a 599-foot-tall tower that will dramatically transform the neighborhood skyline. The 48-story tower, designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz, will add 185 rental apartments and 60 condo units. Since the last YIMBY update in early August, the skyscraper has only climbed only three levels, now reaching six stories, but progress should move faster now that the structurally challenging portion at the cantilever is nearing completion.
The Rittenhouse Square area is poised for dramatic skyline changes in the coming years, where the 599-foot-tall Laurel is the city’s tallest under-construction building. Yesterday, a Civic Design Review document revealed Pearl Properties’ plan for a 567-foot-tall tower at 113-121 South 19th Street. The svelte, 567-foot-tall, 49-story, 267,874-square-foot skyscraper will incorporate existing historic buildings into the base and will include 30,180 square feet of commercial space at the lower floors and 183 residential units above. DAS Architecture and Planning is the project architect.
The Rittenhouse Square and Center City West neighborhoods are witnessing a boom in high-rise construction and proposals. At 2012 Chestnut Street, at the junction of the two neighborhoods, a four-story brick building formerly occupied by the Philadelphia Housing Authority will be transformed into a 20-story edifice with a height of 253 feet, designed by Cope-Linder Architects. According to the developer Alterra Property Group, the redevelopment will include 200 units to the city, of which 160 will be market rate with the rest reserved for lower-middle-income individuals. The developer also plans to allocate 7,000 square feet on the ground floor for commercial space.
A six-story, pre-war structure at 1810 Chestnut Street in Rittenhouse Square is slated for a vertical extension that would boost it to a height of 312 feet and 20 stories while preserving the historic facade. The development will feature retail at the ground level, parking in the basement, and residences on the upper floors.
At the 2100 lot of Market Street, there has been long time rumors of development on the entire lot. With the site being perfect for a new tower, a design has been leaked from a PDF straight from Brandywine Realty Trust’s site. With no announcement of an architect or developer, the new tower will sit on a lot that is nearly 29,000 square feet.