Philadelphia YIMBY continues to look for ways to make our news outlet into resource both useful and enjoyable to everyone from industry professionals and casual enthusiasts of all things urban. As part of this drive, at the start of the year we introduced a new series of building categories, which allow readers to browse articles based on building unit count, square footage, and more. Today we put the spotlight on one such category: new multi-family developments with 100 and more residential units. In general, these large projects come in the form of high-rise towers, hulking mid-rise buildings, and sprawling townhouse complexes. Below we offer a sampling of several such developments that we have covered so far this year.
The idea of building higher than the William Penn statue atop Philadelphia City Hall was roundly rejected by city planners and the public for a long time. Boldly, in 1983, Willard G. Rouse III of Rouse and Associates bought a large plot of land and scouted for an architect to design a pair of limit-breaking towers. In April 1984, a proposal was revealed to the city, which was met with with heavy opposition, though the decision to go ahead with the project was eventually approved via a vote. In May 1985, the official designs by Helmut Jahn were revealed at the groundbreaking, inaugurating the construction of two office towers and a hotel, which lasted from 1985 and 1990 and changed the Philadelphia skyline in the process. Although Philly YIMBY has already looked at One Liberty Place shortly after completion, today we take look at more perspectives of the iconic structure from the time when it finished construction.
Renderings have been revealed for a mixed-use development at 6515 Ridge Avenue in Roxborough, Northwest Philadelphia. Designed by Ingram/Sageser, the building will rise six stories tall and hold 100 apartments, with commercial space on the ground floor. A below-grade garage will offer 40 parking spaces.
Construction has been complete at a three-story, three-unit residential building at 1725 North 21st Street, near Temple University, in Cecil B. Moore, North Philadelphia. Designed by Casalina Design Group, Inc., the structure replaces a vacant lot on the east side of the block between Cecil B. Moore Avenue and West Montgomery Avenue. The development spans 3,480 square feet of interior space, lending an average of over 1,100 square feet per apartment, and features a cellar and two roof decks with sweeping skyline views. Permits list 2323 Cabot Street LLC as the owner and City Suburban Home Builders as the contractor. Construction costs are specified at $325,000.
Substantial development progress continues in Center City West, with multiple new buildings transforming the neighborhood. Over the course of the past year, 2222 Market Street has risen 295 feet tall and 20 stories above ground. Designed by Gensler and developed by Parkway Commercial Properties, the building is poised as the new headquarters for law firm Morgan, Lewis, Bockius LLP, and will also offer retail space on the ground. In this update, Philadelphia YIMBY looks at the under-construction building, where facade installation is approaching the top of the structure.