The second-tallest building on Philly YIMBY’s Annual December Countdown is the W/Element Hotel, which is finishing construction at 1441 Chestnut Street in Center City, a block south of City Hall. The concrete-framed, dual branded hotel tower rises to a height of 617 feet and 52 floors making up the concrete structure of the building. Designed by Cope-Linder Architects and developed by Chestlen Development, the building’s design of jagged blue glass and the gray metal cladding was inspired by the Schuylkill River and the cliffs that run along it. The building has made a significant impact on the Center City skyline, as it joins the dominant group of 500-foot-plus towers in the Center City core.
An 11-story, 80-unit mixed-use tower has earned unanimous municipal approval at 101 South 3rd Street in Easton, Pennsylvania, a small city bordering the Delaware River on the northern outskirts of the greater Philadelphia metropolitan region. Designed by SITIO Architects, the development will include ground floor retail and office space spread throughout the tower. The existing low-rise bank building at the site will be renovated and extended all the way to 3rd Street, creating a denser, urban design. The project will include a promenade and a pocket park.
Permits have been filed for the construction of a single-family dwelling at 1240 Leithgow Street in Olde Kensington. The property is situated on the west side of the block that is located between West Girard Avenue and West Thompson Street. The building will have a footprint that spans 1,000 square feet and a roof deck accessed by a pilot house. HHPH LLC is the listed owner.
The third-tallest building on Philly YIMBY’s Annual December Countdown is The Laurel, which is rising at 1911 Walnut Street in Rittenhouse Square, Center City, just to the northwest of Rittenhouse Square Park. The reinforced concrete structure currently stands around one-third of its eventual height of 599 feet and 48 stories. The building will feature 185 rental units as well as 60 condo units at the top. The $300-million tower was designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz, which has designed many buildings around the city, and developed by the Southern Land Company, which has been trying to redevelop the site into a residential skyscraper for over a decade.
Permits have been filed for the construction of a two-family structure at 1626 North Sydenham Street in Cecil B. Moore, North Philadelphia. The property is situated on the west side of the block that is located between West Oxford Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue. The building will have a footprint that spans 764 square feet. Philadelphia Housing Authority is the listed owner.