The Arthaus condominium at 311 South Broad Street is starting to resemble its renderings as the skyscraper’s exterior moves toward completion. The 108-unit high-rise stands 542 feet and 47 stories high, towering over the Washington Square West neighborhood in Center City. Designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox, the building features bright cladding highlighted by the white metal mullions. The developer, Dranoff Properties, has produced numerous properties around the city, which include the Symphony House across the street.
Permits have been issued for the construction of a three-story, 20-unit vertical addition atop a prewar Art Deco commercial building situated at 1501-05 Fairmount Avenue in Fairmount, Lower North Philadelphia. The project will add 20,558 square feet of space to the existing structure, bringing the total to 26,025 square feet. Existing commercial space at the ground floor will be renovated and expanded, and seven bicycle parking spaces will be added. Permits list 1500 Fairmount LLC as the owner, Brett Harman as the design professional, and Construct Design Corp. Inc. as the contractor. Construction costs are specified at $2.7 million.
Permits have been issued for the construction of a three-story, three-unit multi-family building at 2443 North Marshall Street in North Philadelphia East. The development will rise on a vacant lot located on the east site of the block between West York Street and West Cumberland Street. The structure will span a ground footprint of 1,358 square feet, will contain 2,604 square feet of interior space, and will feature full sprinkling. The proposed roof deck promises to offer sweeping skyline views, as there are few obstructions in the vicinity. Permits list Ayman M. Mustafa as the owner, Christopher Menna as the design professional, and JPL Construction Inc. as the contractor. Construction costs are listed at $180,000.
Last December, the 28th place on Philadelphia YIMBY’s December 2020 Development Countdown went to the 303-foot-tall, 22-story tower proposed at 2301 John F. Kennedy Boulevard in Center City West. Since that time, the official website for the mixed-use high-rise, designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz and developed by the PMC Property Group, was spruced up with new renderings that show off the sleek, curvy structure with even more pizzazz than before, while also introducing minor design alterations.
The most dramatic skyscraper to join the Philadelphia skyline over the course of the past two years is the dual-branded W/Element Hotel, which stands at 1141 Chestnut Street in Center City, a block south of City Hall. Designed by Cope-Linder Architects and developed by Chestlen Development, the 617-foot-tall, 52-story structure combines a 460-room Element Hotel and a 295-room W Hotel. The building has stood largely finished for the past few months, as the Element Hotel opened in May and its dynamic nighttime illumination finishing its testing rounds. As of last week, we may officially declare the building as complete, as the W Hotel opened its doors on August 23rd.