Solomon Cordwell Buenz

Two Cathedral Square in the Philadelphia skyline from the Museum of Art. Photo and model by Thomas Koloski

Philadelphia YIMBY Presents Massings of Two Cathedral Square in the Philadelphia Skyline

While the Philadelphia skyline is growing upward, it is also extending further outward with new proposals. Cathedral Square, a development consisting of two skyscrapers, is on its way up in the Logan Square neighborhood in Center City, with the first tower already under construction at 1701 Race Street. Just to the north, Two Cathedral Square will soon stand 470 feet and 34 stories tall at 227 North 18th Street. The tower was designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz and developed by Exter Property Group and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

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Two Cathedral Square at 227 North 18th Street. Credit: Solomon Cordwell Buenz

The 6th Place on Philly YIMBY’s December Countdown Goes to Two Cathedral Square, 227 North 18th Street in Logan Square, Center City

The 6th place on Philadelphia YIMBY’s December 2021 Development Countdown goes to the 470-foot-tall, 34-story mixed-use commercial and residential tower proposed at 227 North 18th Street in Logan Square, Center City. Designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz and developed by EQT Exeter, with Studio Bryan Hanes behind the landscape design, the 700,000-square-foot-plus building is part of Cathedral Square, a redevelopment master plan for the block-sized archdiocesan campus around the iconic Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. The building will offer 450,000 square feet of office space on floors two through 14. Luxury residential space will span 250,000 square feet on floors 15 through 34. The ground level will feature 4,500 square feet of retail. The development will also include parking for 200 cars as well as a bicycle storage room. The building will be serviced by eight office elevators, two residential elevators, a freight elevator, and a swing passenger-freight elevator within the residential component.

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139 North 23rd Street. Credit: Solomon Cordwell Buenz

Foundation Work Begins at 139 North 23rd Street in Logan Square, Center City

Philadelphia YIMBY’s recent site visit has confirmed that foundation work has started for a four-story, 115-unit residential building at 139 North 23rd Street in Logan SquareCenter City. Designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz and developed by the PMC Property Group (which is also specified as the contractor), the building will span a 43,590-square-foot ground footprint and contain 122,576 square feet of interior space, and will feature full sprinkling, a green roof accessible to residents, as well as an underground garage with space for 42 cars. The development team was permitted to include the current unit count via green roof and mixed-income density bonuses. Construction costs are specified at $35 million.

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One Cathedral Square at 1701 Race Street. Credit: Solomon Cordwell Buenz

One Cathedral Square Nearly Topped Out in Logan Square, Center City

The concrete structure is nearly topped out at One Cathedral Square, a 244-foot-tall, 23-story residential rising at 1701 Race Street in Logan Square, Center City, a block south of from the Vine Street Expressway. Designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz and developed by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Exeter Property Group, with the Hunter Roberts Construction Group as the contractor, the building is part of Cathedral Square, a block-spanning development that will also include the 470-foot-tall Two Cathedral Square tower.

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33 North 22nd Street. Credit: Solomon Cordwell Buenz.

Parking Lot Awaits Construction of 328-Foot-Tall, 29-Story Residential Tower at 33 North 22nd Street in Center City West

A 328-foot-tall, 29-story residential tower proposed at 33 North 22nd Street in Center City West takes the 19th place in Philadelphia YIMBY’s December 2021 Development Countdown. Designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz and developed by the PMC Property Group, the building will feature 341 apartments as well as a garage for use both by the building’s residents and customers of the adjacent Trader Joe’s supermarket, which currently uses the future building site for outdoor parking. Philly YIMBY’s recent site visit revealed no construction progress at the site, as we expected given that construction permits have just been issued last month.

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