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Demolition Underway at 1101 Walnut Street in Washington Square West, Center City

Demolition work has commenced on the many properties at the site of the high-rise proposed at 1101 Walnut Street in Washington Square West, Center City. The future structure will rise to a height of 259 feet and 23 stories. Designed by JKRP Architects and developed by ARD 1105 Walnut LLC and LD Investment Partners LLC, the tower will feature 111 residential units nearly 6,000 square feet of retail at the ground floor. The building will rise directly across a helipad on top of a Jefferson Health property, which had lowered the height of the 12th and Sansom proposal nearby.

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Second Crane Erected at East Market Phase 3 Site in Market East, Center City

A second tower crane has been erected at East Market Phase 3, the two-tower project under construction at 1101 Chestnut Street and 1153 Chestnut Street in Market East, Center City, two blocks to the south of Reading Terminal Market. The 372-foot Thomas Jefferson Specialty Care Pavilion was designed by Ennead Architects and Stantec, and the 329-foot residential tower to the east is designed by Morris Adjmi Architects. The Jefferson building will have a wavy glass exterior, while the other tower will be clad with glass and orange terracotta with rounded edges. National Real Estate Group is the developer for the project.

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Permits Issued for 49-Story, 183-Unit Tower at 113 South 19th Street in Center City

A commercial permit has been issued for the 49-story tower planned at 113 South 19th Street in Rittenhouse Square, Center City has received its commercial building permits. The tower will stand one of Philadelphia’s tallest with a height of 567 feet. The building will hold 183 residential units which will be located on the fifth through 48th floors of the tower, and the fourth floor is set to hold residential amenity space.  Additional tenant spaces will be on the first through third floors as well as the 49th.  The tower, designed by DAS Architects & Planning and developed by Pearl Properties, will feature a green roof at the top of the structure. In total, the superstructure will hold 257,694 square feet of space. The permit shows construction costs of $25 million, but the total cost of construction is sure to be more.

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1620 Sansom Street massing. Original image from Google Earth, edit and model by Thomas Koloski

Demolition Imminent at 1620 Sansom Street in Rittenhouse Square, Center City

The mid-century parking garage at 1620 Sansom Street in Rittenhouse Square, Center City, is being prepared for demolition, with the site closed to the public and machinery at the site. The garage will make way for a 27-story, 340-foot-tall tower, designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz and developed by Southern Land Company, with Hunter Roberts Construction Group as the general contractor. The three companies are also behind The Laurel Rittenhouse Square, which is rising a few blocks to to the west. Hunter Roberts Construction Group is the general contractor. The building will feature 298 residential units, 19,600 square feet of restaurant space, 5,200 square feet of retail, and 67 underground parking spaces.

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Riverwalk south and north in the Philadelphia skyline from a garage looking east. Photo by Thomas Koloski

Riverwalk South Tower Receives Cladding in Center City West

The tower at Riverwalk South at 60 North 23rd Street is approaching its full height of 362 feet, while installation of the glass and metal cladding has commenced. Designed by Gensler and developed by PMC Property Group, the Riverwalk complex will bring 711 new residential units to the neighborhood, with the south tower holding 380 apartments. The south tower now rises 21 stories above ground, with just 11 floors left to the roof, as concrete work has been progressing faster as the weather gets warmer. Center City West will see a great skyline boost once the 32-story concrete structure rises to its pinnacle.

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