Center City

702 Sansom Street. Credit: SLCE Architects

The 22nd Place on Philly YIMBY’s December Countdown Goes to 24-Story Tower Planned at 702 Sansom Street in Market East, Center City

The 22nd place on Philadelphia YIMBY’s December 2021 Development Countdown goes to the 315-foot-tall, 24-story tower proposed at 702 Sansom Street in Market East, Center City. Designed by SLCE Architects and developed by Toll Brothers, the development will hold 85 residential units. Its location on Jewelers’ Row has been somewhat controversial and has led to considerable design revisions. Our recent site visit revealed that the cleared site still sits vacant with no work in progress, appearing just as it did a year ago.

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The Laurel Rittenhouse. Credit: Southern Land Company

Steel Assembly Continues Atop The Laurel Rittenhouse in Rittenhouse Square, Center City

The cross-braced steel parapet is being erected at the top of The Laurel Rittenhouse, a high-rise building under construction at 1911 Walnut Street in Rittenhouse Square, Center City. The tower is designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz and developed by the Southern Land Company, with Hunter Roberts Construction Group as the contractor and the Harman Group responsible for structural engineering. Located at just across the street from Rittenhouse Square Park, the tower now reaches the top of the parapet, rising 599 feet high and 48 stories tall. The development will feature 185 rental units and 60 luxury condominiums.

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1810 Chestnut Street. Credit: Cecil Baker + Partnenrs

Freeman Auction House Set for High-Rise Vertical Extension at 1810 Chestnut Street in Rittenhouse Square, Center City

The 23rd place on Philly YIMBY’s December 2021 Development Countdown goes to the 25-story, 312-foot-tall residential high-rise proposed at 1810 Chestnut Street in Rittenhouse Square, Center City. Designed by Cecil Baker + Partners, the project consists of a 19-story vertical addition atop the existing six-story Samuel T. Freeman & Co. Auction House, built in 1923. The vertical addition will house 19 apartments, many of which will be full-floor and duplex units. The renovated historic building will hold several stories of retail, tenant amenities, and automated underground parking for around ten cars. Though our recent site visit revealed no signs of ongoing work, it may begin at any time as a partial demolition and construction permit was issued in November 2020.

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2222 Market Street. Credit: Gensler

As Facade Ascends at 2222 Market Street, YIMBY Looks Back at the Year’s Progress at the 295-Foot-Tall Office Building Rising in Center City West

The 25th place on Philly YIMBY’s December 2021 Development Countdown goes to the 295-foot-tall, 19-story office building under construction at 2222 Market Street in Center City West. Designed by Gensler and developed by the Parkway Corporation (alternately Parkway Commercial Properties), with IMC Construction as the contractor, the development will feature 329,100 square feet of tenant floor area, with 324,826 square feet of Class A office space and 4,274 square feet of retail, as well as a 47-car underground garage. The structure is being built as the new headquarters for Morgan Lewis, a major law firm. Features will include ten-foot-high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, several landscaped outdoor decks, flexible workspace plans, a conference center, a fitness center, Zoom conference rooms, expanded areas for servicing out-of-office visitors, and rooms with advanced audio technology to facilitate virtual court hearings.

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1443-49 Cherry Street. Credit: Parkway Corporation

Parking Lot Awaits Possible Million-Square-Foot Development at 1443-49 Cherry Street in Logan Square, Center City

Developer Parkway Corporation is seeking to redevelop a block-spanning, 53,568-square-foot parking lot at 1443-49 Cherry Street in Logan Square, Center City. The developer’s “opportunities” page states that the site is currently available for development and can support 642,816 square feet of buildable space at a floor-to-area ratio of 12:1, or whopping 1,071,360 square feet at an FAR of 20. Discounting any potentially applicable height limits, the site is theoretically capable of housing a skyscraper that rises well over 50 stories, a podium with ample retail space, and still have enough leftover room for a public plaza and/or promenade.

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