Rumors about development at the lot at 2100 Market Street at the boundary of Rittenhouse Square and Center City West have circulated for a long time, with the site being perfectly suited for a new tower. Though there has been no official announcement from Brandywine Realty Trust, the company website shows a project rendering as part of a greater graphic. The new tower will sit on a lot that measures nearly 29,000 square feet.
The skyscraper cluster of Center City is seeing a sustained demand for hotels. The first Hyatt Centric Hotel in the city of Philadelphia stands at 1620 Chancellor Street and will soon welcome visitors. The 179-foot, 13-story, 175,000-square-foot building will offer 332 guestrooms with a 40-suite addition at the corner of South 17th and Chancellor streets.
There is a handful of proposals just to the east of the Schuylkill River, one of which was unveiled last year at 2000 Arch Street at the corner of 20th Street and Arch Street in the Logan Square neighborhood in northwest Center City. The proposal may bring Chub, an out-of-state tenant, into the city of Philadelphia, and would further boost the area’s amount of development. With the possible developer of Parkway Corporation, the building is planned to rise 260 feet with 15 floors.
As reported in the past, the stretch between 21st and 23rd streets in western Center City West will soon be elevated with many new towers in the 300-400-foot range. While many of the new proposals were released recently, 2222 Market Street, which was revealed last year, could be on its way up soon. Developed by the Parkway Corporation, the office building will rise to a height of 318 feet and 19 stories and will be mostly leased by the law firm Morgan, Lewis and Bockius.
In 1889, a major project in Center City changed the way commuters had traveled all over the city. The project, Broad Street Station, included a large viaduct above the city streets with eight tracks and a shed leading to the street just to the west of City Hall. Since the project was demolished by 1953, the former site of the so-called “Chinese Wall” lead to many new developments that boosted the skyline, such as the Mellon Bank Center. Now, 2301 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, a new office and residential tower planned to rise to 303 feet, will sit on one of the last available parcels at the former Chinese Wall.