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

253-Foot-Tall Residential Tower Proposed for 222 Walnut Street in Society Hill, Center City

Society Hill, one of the oldest and most historic neighborhoods in the city, has long resisted major development, particularly after it was designated as a historic district. Sporadic development that occurs throughout the neighborhood tends to be small-scale and low-rise. However, a planned 252-and-a-half-foot-tall, 18-story tower at 222 Walnut-Street will make the most dramatic impact upon the neighborhood skyline since I. M. Pei’s 31-story Society Hill Towers rose in 1964. Cecil Baker + Partners Architects is the designer for the new project.

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3609 Spring Garden Street. Looking northeast. Credit: Google

Demolition Permits Filed for 3609 Spring Garden Street in Mantua, West Philadelphia

A zoning permit has been filed for the demolition of a three-story, prewar rowhouse at 3609 Spring Garden Street at the border of the Mantua and Powelton Village neighborhoods in West Philadelphia. The permit follows an earlier filing for demolition and construction of an attached structure with a porch and a roof deck, issued in January. 3609 Spring Garden Housin [sic] is the listed owner.

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445-Foot-Tall Rental Tower Proposed for 204 South 12th Street in Washington Square West

Last month, developer Midwood Investment and Development unveiled a proposal for a 445-foot high-rise at 204 South 12th Street in Washington Square West, Center City. the 32-story tower will dominate the surrounding blocks with its prominent height. The slender tower, which takes up an entire blockfront of South 12th Street between St. James and Chancellor streets, will offer three tall retail floors at the base, with 448 rental residences above. Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and BLT Architects are the architecture firm behind the design. Partial permits have been filed for the demolition of the existing structures at the site and the new construction.

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1721 North 21st Street. Looking east. Credit: Google

Permits Filed for 1721 North 21st Street in Cecil B. Moore, North Philadelphia

A zoning permit has been filed for the construction of a six-unit residential structure at 1721 North 21st Street in the Cecil B. Moore neighborhood in North Philadelphia. Since the lot was merged with the adjacent 1723 North 21st Street earlier this year, the proposal may likely consist of a joined three-story townhouse pair situated within an attached or a merged structure, given that the permit calls for two roof decks. The combined structure will span a total of 2,000 square feet of ground space. Aberra Negash A is the listed owner.

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