The western fringe of Center City has long been a peripheral area, yet a recent influx of proposals will soon transform the numerous parking lots of Center City West and western Logan Square into a bustling, dense neighborhood. The Edgewater Apartments at 230 North 23rd Street will be located at the northern edge of the rapidly developing area, a block away from the Schuylkill River. The 145,473-square-foot complex will rise 83 feet and seven stories with 180 residences ranging from studios to two bedrooms. JKRP Architects is the project designer.
Civic Design Review
The neighborhood of Norris Square in North Philadelphia is seeing a climb in the amount of proposed development. At 1700-30 North Howard Street, a new proposal will rise from the corner of Cecil B. Moore Avenue and North Howard Street near Fishtown. The 91,230-square-foot structure will incorporate an industrial pre-war façade and a new six-story addition, with a total of 3,850 square feet of commercial space and 87,650 square feet of residential space including amenities. The building will include 110 residential units and 35 parking spaces. The development will be a substantial addition to the generally low- and mid-rise neighborhood.
While Norris Square generally sees small-scale development, the broad, predominantly industrial North American Street is seeing an increasing number of large-scale proposals. A 179-unit building is planned to rise at 1705 North American Street, replacing a food manufacturing building. The building is designed by Atrium Design Group and is planned to rise 77 feet tall, in anticipation of a zoning variance to surpass the current 60-foot limit. The six-story structure will also feature retail on the ground floor and 42 surface parking spaces.
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.
Two days ago, the Philadelphia Department of City Planning published a Civic Design Review document outlining the details for a major expansion of Garden Court Plaza, an extant apartment complex at 4701 Pine Street in the Garden Court neighborhood in West Philadelphia. BLT Architects presented an extensive set of annotated images showing a six-story addition atop a sprawling one-story garage adjacent to a 13-story, pre-war apartment building. The extension would stand 89 feet and seven stories tall, and would add 220 units ranging from studios to two bedrooms, as well as an extended amenity suite.