Jefferson Health has long served as a major catalyst for development in the Washington Square West and Washington Square West neighborhood in Center City. The medical services provider is now planning to expand at 1020 Walnut Street with a new 170-foot-tall, 12-story structure designed by Payette. The 220,000-square-foot facility will be called the Jefferson University Caroline Kimmel Biomedical Research Building, named after Sidney and Caroline Kimmel in recognition of their $70 million donation.
Last month, YIMBY presented a thorough overview of 33 North 22nd Street, a 328-foot-tall residential high-rise proposed in Center City West by PMC Property Group. The 29-story, 341-unit tower will replace the 32,616-square-foot Trader Joe’s parking lot south of John F. Kennedy Boulevard, whch sits just to the northwest of the curved Murano condominium. The design by Solomon Cordwell Buenz a unique avant-garde style to the area unlike any other in the city. A recent design update revealed in the recent Civic Design Review filing shows certain updates, such as a lower parapet and extended porcelain panels at the base.
The Convention Center area to the north and east of City Hall has long been a notable hotspot for hotels, with Marriott being one of the key hospitality operators. The hospitality chain is planning another addition to the area. The AC Hotel, part of the AC Mattiott Hotel brand, would stand at 230 North 13th Street, across from the Vine Street Expressway, rising 181 feet and 15 stories. Baywood Hotels is the project developer and Bergmann Asssociates is the designer. The base of the high-rise would incorporate the historic Big Brothers Big Sisters of America building currently at the site.
On Wednesday, after a lengthy review process, the New York City-based Durst Organization has been selected to head the Penn’s Landing redevelopment on the Delaware River waterfront in Center City. Durst’s master plan consists of an expanded Penn’s Landing park as well as new waterfront park space and several high-rise buildings, the tallest of which appears to reach around 700 feet. The plan is expected to bring 3.6 million square feet of floor space, much of which would be designated for 1,834 residential units. The development will leave a dramatic impact both on the riverfront and on the city skyline.
The Market East neighborhood is notable for its large number of hotels, and another one will soon join their ranks. At 122 South 11th Street, the Estia Group is proposing the Blue Ivy Hotel, which would stand exactly 200 feet and contain 86 rooms. The building, designed by DAS architects, will sit across the street from Jefferson University Hospital Emergency at 111 South 11th Street.