Center City

1620 Sansom Street. Credit: Solomon Cordwell Buenz

Excavation Nearly Complete at 1620 Sansom Street in Rittenhouse Square, Center City

Construction looks ready to begin at the foundation of the 315-foot-tall, 28-story tower planned at 1620 Sansom Street, where excavation work will soon be complete. The residential tower will rise in the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood of Center City, three blocks to the south of Liberty Place. Designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz, which has designed The Laurel Rittenhouse and The Murano, and developed by Southern Land Company, which is also behind The Laurel, the project will consist of retail and residential space, with 306 units to be located inside the skyscraper.

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230 Vine Street. Rendering credit: Atrium Design Group

Vertical Extension Anticipated at Mosaic-Clad Painted Bride Art Center at 230 Vine Street in Old City

Construction of new buildings is typically the salient manifestation of positive urban progress in any city. However, on numerous occasions it also paints a bittersweet story of trade-offs, where buildings with architectural, historic, and/or artistic value sometimes make way for new development. Thankfully, we may be getting a happy resolution to what almost became one such tale of needless destruction, where, after a long-standing threat of demolition, a low-rise building clad in a facade-spanning artwork will now become the base for a residential expansion. Located at 230 Vine Street in the Old City section of Center City, Painted Bride Art Center, adorned with artist Isaiah Zagar’s whimsical mosaic, will be topped by a 64-unit residential extension. Philadelphia YIMBY’s recent site visit has revealed that the building currently stands shrouded in black netting, with construction not yet started at the site.

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502 Wood Street Rendering via JKRP Architects

Construction Anticipated for 50-Unit Apartment Building at 502 Wood Street in Old City

In the near future, construction is expected to begin on a six-story, 50-unit apartment building at 502 Wood Street in the Old City section of Center City. Although Philadelphia YIMBY’s recent site visit revealed no signs of construction, with a parking lot still operational at the location, we expect work to begin soon as a construction permit was issued last December. Designed by JKRP Architects, the slab-like structure will span the block between North 5th Street and North Randolph Street, situated directly across from the elevated Interstate 676 aka the Vine Street Expressway. The building will feature two elevators, full sprinkling, and parking for 13 cars, two of which will be reserved for car share and another as an electric car charging space. Permits list Tester Construction Group as the contractor and a construction cost of $5.55 million.

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Rendering of 316-20 South 11th Street.

Cleared Lot Awaits Construction of Nine Townhouses at 316-20 South 11th Street in Washington Square West, Center City

Last October, Philadelphia YIMBY reported on the demolition of a three-story prewar parking garage to make way for a nine-unit townhouse development at 316-20 South 11th Street in Washington Square WestCenter City. Although construction permits have been filed in November, our recent site visit has revealed that construction work has not yet begun on the development. According to permits, all nine buildings will be fairly similar, if not altogether identical. Each will span a 1,241-square-foot footprint and offer 4,589 square feet of space, which would make for a regal interior in any part of the city, let alone such a centrally located one. Permits list OCF Construction as the contractor.

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Riverwalk in the Philadelphia skyline. Photo by Thomas Koloski

Facade Slowly Climbs Toward the Pinnacle at Riverwalk South at 60 North 23rd Street in Center City West

Riverwalk is a two-tower rental development under construction at 60 North 23rd Street on the Schuylkill River waterfront in Center City West (alternately Logan Square). Designed by Gensler and developed and built by the PMC Property Group, the complex will offer 711 apartments upon completion. The north tower, which stands 315 feet and 28 stories tall, has been completed for several months. The taller south tower, which rises 362 feet and 32 stories and will hold 380 units, is being assembled at a rather slow pace.

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