In 1889, a major project in Center City changed the way commuters had traveled all over the city. The project, Broad Street Station, included a large viaduct above the city streets with eight tracks and a shed leading to the street just to the west of City Hall. Since the project was demolished by 1953, the former site of the so-called “Chinese Wall” lead to many new developments that boosted the skyline, such as the Mellon Bank Center. Now, 2301 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, a new office and residential tower planned to rise to 303 feet, will sit on one of the last available parcels at the former Chinese Wall.
A zoning permit has been filed for the construction of an attached structure (one that abuts the lot walls of its neighbors) at 3907 Haverford Avenue in the Mantua neighborhood in West Philadelphia near University City. People’s Emergency Center, a local non-profit organization, is listed as the owner.
A construction permit has been filed for 1916 North Stanley Street in the Strawberry Mansion neighborhood in North Philadelphia. The permit states that Infinity Re Holdings III is the current owner of the property.
Ever since 2016, word had circulated about the new Schuylkill Yards development in University City. Flash forward to 2019, two new developments for the district were finally, officially unveiled: a shorter building at 3025 John F. Kennedy Boulevard and the 512-foot 3001-John-F-Kennedy-Boulevard just a parcel to the east.
A zoning permit has been filed for a vertical extension atop a multi-story pre-war factory loft at at 330-48 North 12th Street (also known as 330-340 North 12th Street), just north of Center City in the up-and-coming Rail Park District in North Philadelphia. The three-story extension would rise above the lower, five-story wing of the sprawling, seven-story structure situated between North 12th Street to the east, Carlton Street to the south, and Callowhill Street to the north. The proposal is the latest addition to a rapidly-growing neighborhood around the elevated Rail Park, where an abandoned railroad turned into a public space has often been likened to Philadelphia’s answer to New York City’s ever-popular High Line.