At number one on Philly YIMBY’s December 2020 Development Countdown is Cathedral Square Phase Two, a 685-foot-tall tower planned for 1700 Vine Street in Logan Square, Center City. The skyscraper is part of Cathedral Place, a proposed redevelopment of the block-sized archdiocesan campus centered on the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, a block east of Logan Square. The development will also include a new 23-story high-rise. The taller tower will be designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz, though only a general massing is available at this point. The model shows a bulky building with a lower section to the west that steps up toward the tower. Our site visit has revealed no construction activity yet at the tower site, which is occupied by a low-rise structure and a parking lot. Both towers are being developed by Exeter Property Group.
Construction permits have been issued for Broad and Noble, a 231-foot-tall, 18-story tower planned for 435-43 North Broad Street in the Loft District, also known as Callowhill, in North Philadelphia. Designed by Barton Partners and developed by Toll Brothers, the tower will rise from a 49,397-square-foot footprint and yield 371,302 square feet with 344 apartments. Retail will comprise 10,574 square feet, office space will occupy 8,351 square feet, and parking and loading areas will span 46,275 square feet. Clemens Construction is the listed contractor for the project, which will cost an estimated $70 million to build. Original plans called for 368 apartments, 282,471 square feet of residential space along with 23,647 square feet of amenity space, and 107 underground parking spaces.
Permits have been filed for the construction of a three-story, two-family structure at 409 West Hewson Street in Norris Square, North Philadelphia. The property is situated on the west side of the block that is located at the northwest corner of North Hewson Street and North Leithgow Street. The building will have a footprint that spans 697 square feet. 409 W Hewson Street LLC is the listed owner.
The second-tallest building on Philly YIMBY’s December 2020 Development Countdown is the W/Element Hotel, which is finishing construction at 1441 Chestnut Street in Center City, a block south of City Hall. Designed by Cope-Linder Architects and developed by Chestlen Development, the 52-story skyscraper stands 617 feet tall and features a distinctive design with jagged blue glass and gray metal cladding that was inspired by the Schuylkill River and the cliffs that run along it. The building has made a significant impact on the Center City skyline, as it joins the group of 500-foot-plus towers in the Center City core.
An 11-story, 80-unit mixed-use tower has earned unanimous municipal approval at 101 South 3rd Street in Easton, Pennsylvania, a small city bordering the Delaware River on the northern outskirts of the greater Philadelphia metropolitan region. Designed by SITIO Architects, the development will include ground floor retail and office space spread throughout the tower. The existing low-rise bank building at the site will be renovated and extended all the way to 3rd Street, creating a denser, urban design. The project will include a promenade and a pocket park.