222-30 Walnut Street. Credit: Cecil Baker + Partners Architects

Philadelphia YIMBY’s Annual Development Countdown Starts With 242-Foot-Tall, 18-Story Condo Tower Planned at 222-30 Walnut Street in Society Hill, Center City

As the calendar turns to December, Philadelphia YIMBY launches its annual December Development Countdown, which tracks the 31 tallest buildings under construction or proposed throughout the city. The inaugural 31st place goes to 222-30 Walnut Street in Society Hill, Center City, an adaptive reuse development that will integrate a proposed 242-foot-tall, 18-story condominium high-rise with a group of low-rise buildings constructed between 1856 and 1950. Designed by Cecil Baker + Partners Architects, the building will offer a combined total of 101,115 square feet of interior space, most of which will be dedicated to 18 residential condominiums. At the moment, the project appears at a standstill, which in great part, results from its historically sensitive location in a historic district in one of the oldest sections of the city.

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12+Sansom at 123-27 Sansom Street. Rendering credit: Studios Architecture.

Excavation Underway at 12+Sansom at 123-27 South 12th Street in Midtown Village, Center City

Philadelphia YIMBY’s recent site visit discovered that excavation work is making steady progress at 12+Sansom, a 240-foot-tall, 20-story residential high-rise under construction at 123-27 South 12th Street in Midtown Village, Center City. Designed by Studios Architecture, with BLT Architects as the architect of record, and developed by Greystar Real Estate Partners, the building will offer 399 residential units and 10,844 square feet of retail. The structure will span an entire city block, rising from a 33,462-square-foot footprint and holding 370,860 square feet of interior space. Clemens Construction Company is the project contractor. Construction costs are listed at $132.25 million.

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741 Spring Garden Street. Credit: JKRP Architects

Financing Secured for Seven-Story, 146-Unit Building Proposed at 741 Spring Garden Street in Poplar, Lower North Philadelphia

Development is making headway at the seven-story, 146-unit building planned at 741 Spring Garden Street in Poplar, Lower North Philadelphia, as Kawa Capital Management, a Florida-based financial planning and advisory firm, has recently secured a $25 million construction loan. Developed by Arts + Crafts Holdings and designed by JKRP Architects, the project will span around 100,000 square feet and will offer 3,361 square feet of ground-level retail and parking for 27 cars and 72 bicycles.

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1106-14 Spring Garden Street. Credit: Varenhorst

Examining Preservation-Minded Alternatives for the 79-Unit Building Planned at 1106-14 Spring Garden Street in Callowhill, Lower North Philadelphia

YIMBY recently introduced a six-story, 79-unit mixed-use proposal at 1106-14 Spring Garden Street (aka 1106 Spring Garden Street) in Callowhill, Lower North Philadelphia. Designed by Varenhorst, the building will offer an appealing design, street-energizing retail, much-needed public space, and a large number of apartments. However, the proposal also involves the demolition of a stately prewar building, which has recently been torn down. Today we look at the demolished structure and analyze strategies for how it could have been preserved and incorporated into the design without sacrificing any of its current strong points.

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