Two massive tower cranes have been erected at One uCity Square in University City, West Philadelphia. Designed by ZGF Architects and developed by Ventas Inc., the building is a part of a 14-acre mega project, dubbed uCity Square. Out of the designs released so far, One uCity Square will be the center of attention as nit has the most eye-catching design. The building will top out at a full height of 250 feet and 13 stories. The tower will include office and lab space, with Century Therapeutics and Integral Molecular as tenants, as well as retail space.
Just yesterday, YIMBY shared a construction update for 1620 Sansom Street in Rittenhouse Square, Center City, showing that the garage has been fully demolished. Coincidentally, later that same day, commercial building permits were issued for the tower, the last legal hurdle before the tower can rise. Interestingly, based on the permits, the development appeared to have been upgraded with a slightly larger height and additional residential units. While initial proposals stated that the tower would rise 27 stories tall, permits show the number has been increased to 28, with an increase in residential unit count from 298 to 306. Commercial space will still be situated on the ground floor. The permit lists the floor space at 376,500 square feet and construction costs estimated at $73.9 million.
A portion of the ground floor has been constructed at Cathedral Square Phase 1 at 222 North 17th Street in Logan Square, Center City. Designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz and developed by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and Exeter Property Group, the reinforced concrete building will stand 245 feet and 23 stories tall and will be visible from the Philadelphia Museum of Art, with an all-glass skin that angles in and out. The tower will be a part of the Cathedral Square development (formerly known as Cathedral Place), which also includes Cathedral Square Phase 2, a massive tower proposed to the north. The building’s crane is one of over a dozen tower cranes currently stand in multiple locations in Philadelphia, with most located in Center City.
A parking garage that stood at 1620 Sansom Street in Rittenhouse Square, Center City, has been demolished, paving the way for the construction of the roughly 340-foot-tall, 27-story skyscraper. Designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz, the building will feature 298 units, along with retail space on the ground floor, and will be decorated with eye-catching cladding. The tower is being developed by Southern Land Company, which also behind The Laurel Rittenhouse Square, which is preparing to top out some time next month or the month after. The tower is proposed two blocks to the south of the Liberty Place towers, near the core of the main Philadelphia skyline.
Work is underway on 4442 Ridge Avenue, a 136-unit mixed-use development located in East Falls, Northwest Philadelphia. YIMBY first shared the development with readers in January, when permits were issued for the building’s construction. Designed by HDO Architecture, the 174,544-square-foot structure will rise six stories tall, with a commercial space on the ground floor fronting Ridge Avenue. Parking will also be situated on the ground floor with additional spaces to be situated underground.