735 Arch Street. Credit: Parkway Corporation

Parking Lot Available for Nearly 200,000-Square-Foot Development at 735 Arch Street in Market East, Center City

Developer Parkway Corporation is looking to redevelop a 39,564-square-foot parking lot at 735 Arch Street in Market East, Center City, into a building that may yield 197,820 square feet with a floor-to-area ratio of 5:1. No permits have been filed for the site nor have any specific proposals, if they exist, been revealed to the public. It appears that Parkway is currently seeking a development partner or anchor tenant, given that the parcel is listed in its “opportunities” section. The lot is situated within a Federal Opportunity Zone, an economic development program that encourages investment in specially designated “distressed areas” by providing major tax incentives to developers.

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702 Sansom Street. Credit: SLCE Architects

The 22nd Place on Philly YIMBY’s December Countdown Goes to 24-Story Tower Planned at 702 Sansom Street in Market East, Center City

The 22nd place on Philadelphia YIMBY’s December 2021 Development Countdown goes to the 315-foot-tall, 24-story tower proposed at 702 Sansom Street in Market East, Center City. Designed by SLCE Architects and developed by Toll Brothers, the development will hold 85 residential units. Its location on Jewelers’ Row has been somewhat controversial and has led to considerable design revisions. Our recent site visit revealed that the cleared site still sits vacant with no work in progress, appearing just as it did a year ago.

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The Laurel Rittenhouse. Credit: Southern Land Company

Steel Assembly Continues Atop The Laurel Rittenhouse in Rittenhouse Square, Center City

The cross-braced steel parapet is being erected at the top of The Laurel Rittenhouse, a high-rise building under construction at 1911 Walnut Street in Rittenhouse Square, Center City. The tower is designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz and developed by the Southern Land Company, with Hunter Roberts Construction Group as the contractor and the Harman Group responsible for structural engineering. Located at just across the street from Rittenhouse Square Park, the tower now reaches the top of the parapet, rising 599 feet high and 48 stories tall. The development will feature 185 rental units and 60 luxury condominiums.

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1810 Chestnut Street. Credit: Cecil Baker + Partnenrs

Freeman Auction House Set for High-Rise Vertical Extension at 1810 Chestnut Street in Rittenhouse Square, Center City

The 23rd place on Philly YIMBY’s December 2021 Development Countdown goes to the 25-story, 312-foot-tall residential high-rise proposed at 1810 Chestnut Street in Rittenhouse Square, Center City. Designed by Cecil Baker + Partners, the project consists of a 19-story vertical addition atop the existing six-story Samuel T. Freeman & Co. Auction House, built in 1923. The vertical addition will house 19 apartments, many of which will be full-floor and duplex units. The renovated historic building will hold several stories of retail, tenant amenities, and automated underground parking for around ten cars. Though our recent site visit revealed no signs of ongoing work, it may begin at any time as a partial demolition and construction permit was issued in November 2020.

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700-30 Delaware Avenue and 711-35 North Front Street. Credit: JKRP Architects

An In-Depth Look at 488-Unit Mixed-Use Complex Planned at 700-30 North Delaware Avenue in Northern Liberties

Last month, Philly YIMBY visited the site of a half-million-square-foot, 488-unit mixed-use complex planned at 700-30 North Delaware Avenue on the Delaware River waterfront in Northern Liberties, North Philadelphia. Designed by JKRP Architects, the complex will consist of two seven-story buildings, one spanning the east half of the lot at 700-30 North Delaware Avenue and another to the west at 711-35 North Front Street, with a retail-fronted pedestrian promenade between the two offering public space. While our recent site visit focused on the progress (or lack thereof) at the location, today we dig deeper into the design, its advantages, pitfalls, and still-extant opportunities for further improvement.

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