17th and Vine rendering via Hiliier Architecture

A Look at an Unbuilt 50-Story Tower Once Proposed at 1739 Vine Street in Franklintown

Nearly 20 years ago, a 890-foot-tall, 50-story skyscraper was proposed at 1739 Vine Street in Franklintown, North Philadelphia (or, by an alternate definition, in Logan Square, Center City). Located just to the north of Vine Street, at the intersection with North 17th Street, the tower would have dominated the northern edge of the skyline core. Designed by Hillier Architecture, the project featured a major setback on the north side and a taller, curved section at the south side, with a spire extending above the main structure. Renderings show a façade of light turquoise glass with white metal highlights.

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Permits Issued for Two Structures at 135 and 143 West Girard Avenue in Olde Kensington

Permits have been issued for the construction of two mixed-use structures at 135 West Girard Avenue and 143 West Girard Avenue in Olde Kensington. Both buildings will stand seven floors tall and will feature complementary designs. Each structure will include a roof deck, commercial space at the ground floor, and a parking garage in the basement. 143 West Girard Avenue will span 25,079 square feet, hold a total of 20 residential units, and cost $3,795,236 to build. 135 West Girard Avenue will contain 37,028 square feet of space, cost an estimated $5,473,541 to build, and feature 40 residential units.

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Philly YIMBY Reveals Massing Models for the Schuylkill Yards Supertall in University City, West Philadelphia

Ever since the master plan for Schuylkill Yards in University City was unveiled for the first time, it displayed a supertall skyscraper dominating the 14-acre site, a feature that persisted throughout all future iterations. Renderings show a glass-clad tower rising at 3101 Market Street, accented with bronze highlights that appear similar to those at 9 DeKalb and 111 West 57th Street in New York City, which are also designed by SHoP Architects, the group behind the Schuylkill Yards master plan. Brandywine Realty Trust, the project developer, is also responsible for projects such as the 350-foot-tall tower proposed at 2100 Market Street in Center City. As of the 2016 renderings, the supertall appears to rise around 1,100 feet high.

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Permits Issued for a 21-Unit Development at 1609 Poplar Street in Francisville, North Philadelphia

Permits have been issued for the construction of a multi-family structure at 1609 Poplar Street in Francisville, North Philadelphia. The development will stand four stories tall and hold 21 apartments upon completion, as well as a roof deck, a green roof, and 21 parking spaces. The building will hold 32,268 square feet and cost an estimated $4.25 million to build.

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