A conceptual design recently leaked online for the fifth-tallest building on Philly YIMBY’s December 2020 Development Countdown, an approximately 550-foot-tall building at 1826 Chestnut Street in Rittenhouse Square, Center City. The details of the project are entirely lacking, aside from the screenshots that depict a 42-story skyscraper along with the logo of Goodman Properties, the current owner, and possible developer. The tower will likely be residential, and appears to rise from the preserved exterior of the former Aldine Theatre, now occupied by a pharmacy. As expected, Philly YIMBY’s recent site visit has revealed no signs of construction.
The sixth-tallest project on Philly YIMBY’s December 2020 Development Countdown is the most visible development currently under construction in Philadelphia. Arthaus at 311 South Broad Street in Washington Square West, Center City, has already made a major impact on the skyline as it nears topping out at a height of 542 feet and 45 stories (though the marketing material describes the building as 47 stories tall). Designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox, which also designed the 792-foot-tall BNY Mellon Center, the city’s fifth-tallest building, and developed by Dranoff Properties, the building will feature 108 condominium apartments. Philly YIMBY’s recent site visit revealed busy activity, with workers installing cladding on the superstructure.
The eighth-tallest building on Philly YIMBY’s December 2020 Development Countdown is a 460-foot-tall, 32-story office tower proposed at 1301 Market Street in Market East, Center City, half a block to the east of City Hall. Designed by the the globally renowned firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and developed by the Oliver Tyrone Pulver Corporation, the massive building will yield over 700,000 square feet, with floor plates at the lower levels measuring over 25,000 square feet and those at the upper floors at over 17,000 square feet. The project is being marketed by Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated.
At number nine on Philly YIMBY’s December 2020 Development Countdown is 204 South 12th Street in Washington Square West, Center City. Designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and Bower Lewis Thrower Architects and developed by Midwood Investments and Development, the building will rise 445 feet and 32 floors and include 448 residential units. The tower will replace a group of low-rise buildings and add color to the area with its bright design.
The tenth-tallest building on Philly YIMBY’s December 2020 Development Countdown is the 380-foot-tall, 31-story One Dock Street in Society Hill, Center City. Designed by Bower Lewis Thower Architects, the proposal shares the address with the adjacent Philadelphia Marriott Old City and will feature 272 rental units. The building will stand just to the east of I.M. Pei’s 309-foot-tall Society Hill Towers, which in 1964 sprung into the skyline of Old City, one of the city’s oldest districts. Our recent site visit revealed no progress at the site as of yet.