As expected, Philadelphia YIMBY’s recent visit to the site of an apparently dormant proposal for a 317-foot-tall, 27-story residential high-rise at 709 Chestnut Street (aka 709-13 Chestnut Street) in Market East, Center City revealed no signs of new construction. The site is located on the north side of the block between South 7th and South 8th streets, a block west of Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. The project is a development by the Parkway Corporation, a company that specializes in operating parking lots (such as the one at 709 Chestnut Street) while looking for opportunities to redevelop said lots into residential and/or commercial properties, either on their own or in partnership with other developers. The latest iteration for the site at hand was dDesigned by Edry McHenry Architects and had Roseland Properties attached as a co-developer, and was slated to offer 278 residential units.
A recent site visit by Philadelphia YIMBY has discovered that exterior construction work nears completion at the 295-foot-tall, 19-story office building rising at 2222 Market Street in Center City West. Designed by Gensler and developed by the Parkway Corporation (alternately Parkway Commercial Properties), with IMC Construction as the contractor, the development will feature 329,100 square feet of tenant floor area, with 324,826 square feet of Class A office space and 4,274 square feet of retail, as well as a 47-car underground garage. The structure is being built as the new headquarters for Morgan Lewis, a major law firm. Building features will include ten-foot-high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, several landscaped outdoor decks, flexible workspace plans, a conference center, a fitness center, Zoom conference rooms, expanded areas for servicing out-of-office visitors, and rooms with advanced audio technology to facilitate virtual court hearings.
Permits have been issued for the construction of a three-story, 15-unit apartment building at 3838-52 Pechin Street in Manayunk, Northwest Philadelphia. The development will replace an overgrown lot at a hilltop site at the east side of the block between Ridge Avenue and Hermit Street. Designed by 3GHC Architects and Ruggiero Plante Land Design, the project will span 11,790 square feet and will feature parking for six vehicles. Permits list 2nd Story Renovations as the contractor and a construction cost of $2 million.
A recent site visit by Philadelphia YIMBY has discovered that construction work has made significant headway at 12+Sansom, a 240-foot-tall, 20-story residential high-rise under construction at 123 South 12th Street (alternately 123-27 South 12th Street) in Midtown Village, Center City. The 370,860-square-foot project will offer 399 rental units and 10,844 square feet of retail, which will massively improve upon the pedestrian experience as compared to the multi-level parking garage that previously stood at the location. The project team consists of Studios Architecture as the design architect, BLT Architects as the architect of record, Greystar Real Estate Partners as the developer, and Clemens Construction Company as the contractor. The construction cost is specified at $132.25 million.
A recent visit by Philadelphia YIMBY has revealed no signs of construction nor construction preparations of any sort at our recent visit to the site of the 328-foot-tall, 29-story residential tower proposed at 33 North 22nd Street in Center City West, even though a construction permit was issued last November. Designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz and developed by the PMC Property Group (which is also listed as the contractor), the building will span 456,380 square feet and offer 341 apartments as well as a garage for use both by the building’s residents as well as customers of the adjacent Trader Joe’s supermarket, which currently uses the outdoor parking lot at the building site, which remained in operation at the time of our visit. Permits list a construction cost of $136 million.