In 1984, the unwritten Gentleman’s Agreement that forbade building above the 548-foot-high statue of William Penn atop City Hall was about to be eliminated when, in April, developer Willard Rouse proposed a skyscraper development that eventually became Liberty Place. The proposal apparently influenced more developers and architects to build towers above the former height limit. The Commerce Square twin towers were revealed at 2005 Market Street in Center City at the end of the year. Designed by I.M. Pei and Partners and developed by IBM and Maguire/Thomas Partners, the 41-story towers were not built simultaneously, as One Commerce Square was the first building finished in the complex.
A massive parking garage that took up nearly an entire block is mostly demolished at 123 South 12th Street in Market East, Center City. The large residential building, dubbed 12 + Sansom, will make a positive impact on the area with its addition of 412 residential units. Designed by Studios Architecture and Bower Lewis Thower Architects and developed by Greystar Real Estate Partners, the building will stand 265 feet and 20 stories tall, a significant height for the neighborhood, though more residential towers are on their way to join the area.
Permits have been issued for the construction of an eight-unit multi-family building at 5007 Pentridge Street in Cedar Park, West Philadelphia. The new building will rise three stories tall and will include a basement. Rich Villa is the design professional for the project, with Baltimore Select Properties LLC listed as the contractor. Construction costs are specified at $850,000.
Permits have been issued for the construction of a three-story, mixed-use building at 3616 Haverford Avenue in Mantua, West Philadelphia. The structure will rise from a vacant lot located on the south side of the block between North 36th and North 37th streets. The building will span a 1,249-square-foot footprint and contain 4,996 square feet of interior space, which will be divided between three residential units and a ground-floor commercial space. The planned roof deck promises to offer dramatic skyline views of nearby University City and Center City. Permits list Lamont L. Heller as the owner and Tommy’s Plumbing Services LLC as the contractor. Construction costs are specified at $500,000.
A large parking garage at 900 Locust Street in Washington Square West, Center City, is now closed and is expected to be demolished to make way for the Jefferson University Caroline Kimmel Biomedical Research Center. The building will stand 170 feet and 12 stories tall and contain over 220,000 square feet of space. Designed by Payette, the building will feature a glass and wood-colored facade.