702 Sansom Street. Credit: SLCE Architects

Excavation Underway at 702 Sansom Street on Jewelers’ Row, Center City

Excavation is underway for a 308-foot-tall, 24-story residential tower at 702 Sansom Street in Center City. Designed by SLCE Architects and developed by Toll Brothers, the 85-unit project will replace six low-rise buildings on Jewelers’ Row, a notable locale in the Market East neighborhood. The building joins a number of other developments in various stages of progress along Sansom Street, including the 599-foot-tall Laurel Rittenhouse, the tallest building under construction in Philadelphia.

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Wawa Station. Credit: SEPTA

Construction Progresses on SEPTA’s Regional Rail Expansion in Middletown, Pennsylvania

After decades of service reductions to its regional rail system, SEPTA has embarked on a development program that seeks to revive some of the former rail services. One such project is the Wawa Station currently under construction in the Middletown Township, PA, reviving a part of a route that once ran from Philadelphia to West Chester until its discontinuation in September 1986. SEPTA plans to restore service on the Media/Elwyn Regional Rail Line from its current terminus at Elwyn Station.

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AC Hotel by Marriott via Baywood Hotels

AC Hotel Awaits Construction at 230 North 13th Street in Center City

The Convention Center area to the north and east of City Hall has long been a notable hotspot for hotels, with Marriott being one of the key hospitality operators. The hospitality chain is planning another addition to the area. The AC Hotel, part of the AC Mattiott Hotel brand, would stand at 230 North 13th Street, across from the Vine Street Expressway, rising 181 feet and 15 stories. Baywood Hotels is the project developer and Bergmann Asssociates is the designer. The base of the high-rise would incorporate the historic Big Brothers Big Sisters of America building currently at the site.

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