In the 1980s, new skyscraper proposals surged after the proposed Liberty Place project was poised to break the 548-foot height limit established by the tower of City Hall. Five of the proposals now stand in the skyline, which include the 739-foot-tall Bell Atlantic Tower at 1717 Arch Street in Logan Square, Center City. Designed by Kling Lindquist, the setbacks of the 55-story skyscraper were partially inspired by structures such as the Empire State Building and One Liberty Place, which itself is similar to the Chrysler Building. Brandywine Realty Trust has owned the skyscraper since 2010, and is now officially known as Three Logan Square. Today Philly YIMBY looks at the alternate designs that were once considered for the structure.
Construction work is progressing rapidly on the expansion for Riddle Hospital, situated at 1068 West Baltimore Pike in Media, PA, a town located in Delaware County outside of Philadelphia. The patient pavilion will offer 76 private patient rooms, as well as a new main entrance to the hospital complex. In total, the building will hold 230,000 square feet of space, with large portions of the space designated for an operating facility as well as a large maternity care area. The project comes with a $327 million price tag.
Though the first portion of the Riverwalk North tower at 60 North 23rd Street opened back in March, work continues at the residential interiors, which will soon wrap construction. Designed by Gensler, the Riverwalk project consists of two towers standing atop four-story podiums holding retail space. The north tower is the shorter of the two, at a height of 315 feet and 28 stories. The south tower stands 362 feet tall with 32 stories. The project is developed by PMC Property Group, which is also behind other in-progress projects that are helping transform Center City West into a development hub. Notably, Gensler’s founder, Art Gensler, has recently passed away on May 10th, just two days after the passing of Helmut Jahn, another architect notable for his contributions to Philadelphia and beyond.
Construction is making steady progress at the Seville Apartments, a 68-unit mixed-use development situated at 56 North 3rd Street in the center of Easton, PA, a town situated about 40 miles north of Philadelphia. Designed by USA Architects, the building will rise five stories and will hold a total of 84,000 square feet of space, including 1,800 square feet of retail space planned on the ground floor. Residential units located above the commercial space, consisting of 45 one-bedroom units and 23 two-bedroom units.
Permits have been issued for the construction of a four-unit multi-family development located at 1513 West Girard Avenue in the neighborhood of Francisville, North Philadelphia. Upon completion, the building will rise three stories tall with a roof deck situated at the pinnacle of the structure. One parking space will be included with the development in an accessory parking garage. Construction costs are estimated at $375,000.