On September 28th, a topping out ceremony was held on the 47th floor of The Laurel Rittenhouse at 1911 Walnut Street in Rittenhouse Square, Center City. Designed by Solomon Cornwell Buenz and developed by the Southern Land Company, with the Harman Group as the structural engineer, the tower now stands at its final height of 599 feet and 48 stories. The building stands prominently in the Philadelphia skyline over the course of this year and is now clearly visible from the southern direction. The building will include 185 rental units and 64 luxury condominiums, as well as amenity space, retail, and an Equinox gym for residents.
Permits have been issued for the construction of the 14-story Blue Ivy Hotel at 122 South 11th Street in Center City. Designed by DAS Architects and developed by the Estia Group, the hotel will offer 86 hotel rooms on the third through fourteenth floors. Restaurant space will be situated on the first and second floors. The tower will total 51,181 square feet of space. Permits list construction costs at $21.1 million.
The development boom on the East Falls waterfront continues unabated with the start of the construction on a major residential development near the left bank of the Schuylkill River. Method Co. and Cimbra Partners have recently announced the groundbreaking of a five-story, 142-unit rental development at 4300 Ridge Avenue. Designed by Morris Adjmi Architects, the 135,000-square-foot complex will feature a wide array of resident amenities, while 10,450 square feet of retail and a public art installation, undertaken in conjunction with the city’s Percent for Art Program, will enliven the pedestrian experience.
Permits have been issued for the construction of two retail and amenity buildings as part of the mixed-use complex in progress at 918 North Delaware Avenue in Northern Liberties, North Philadelphia. Designed by L2Partridge and developed by Core Realty, the complex, alternately known as 918-80 North Delaware Avenue, will hold a total of 418,480 square feet of space and 426 residential units project will include within five seven-story buildings. The newly filed permits cover two minor adjunct buildings that will hold retail and amenity space.
Demolition permits have been issued for a three-story prewar rowhouse at 2019 Fitzwater Street in Graduate Hospital, South Philadelphia. The building is part of a block-long ensemble that is seeing an increasing number of recent and upcoming demolitions. Permits list Dan Borkson as the owner and Cider Mill Services Inc. as the contractor. Demolition costs are specified at $25,900.