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.
Solomon Cordwell Buenz
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.
The third-tallest building on Philly YIMBY’s Annual December Countdown is The Laurel, which is rising at 1911 Walnut Street in Rittenhouse Square, Center City, just to the northwest of Rittenhouse Square Park. The reinforced concrete structure currently stands around one-third of its eventual height of 599 feet and 48 stories. The building will feature 185 rental units as well as 60 condo units at the top. The $300-million tower was designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz, which has designed many buildings around the city, and developed by the Southern Land Company, which has been trying to redevelop the site into a residential skyscraper for over a decade.
At number 21 on Philly YIMBY’s December Development Countdown is the 340-foot-tall, 27-story tower planned at 1620 Sansom Street in the Rittenhouse Square area of Center City. Designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz, a firm that is behind a number of recent projects in the city, and developed by the Southern Land Company, the 298-unit tower will have a total square footage of 376,900 square feet, with 19,600 square feet of restaurant space, 5,200 square feet of retail, and 67 parking spaces on three underground levels. Though the tower which is located just two blocks to the south of Liberty Place, it will have a significant impact on the surrounding area, which lacks modern structures of a similar size. No progress has been observed at the sits since demolition and construction permits were filed in September.
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.