American Commerce Center rendering via Kohn Pendersen Fox

The Story of the American Commerce Center, Once Planned as Philadelphia’s Tallest Tower

During the construction of the first Comcast Center tower, many wondered whether the 975-foot-tall skyscraper would rank as the city’s tallest for much longer. Just a few months before the former’s topping out, details were released about the American Commerce Center at 1800 Arch Street, a proposal that stunned many development watchers with its 1,510-foot height. The project was being developed by Hill International Real Estate Partners and designed by Kohn Pendersen Fox, a firm that is also behind the 792-foot-tall Mellon Bank Center, currently the city’s fifth-tallest building, and Arthaus, a 542-foot-tall skyscraper currently under construction. The development was ultimately canceled and the 1,121-foot-tall Comcast Technology Center was built at the site.

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The Azalea at 6604 Ridge Avenue. Rendering credit: Stamm Development Group

Demolition Underway at Site of Future 50-Unit Development at 6604 Ridge Avenue in Roxborough, Northwest Philadelphia

Demolition is underway at 6604 Ridge Avenue in Roxborough, Northwest Philadelphia, where a five-story, 50-unit development is planned. Designed by M Architecture and developed by Stamm Development Group, the development will feature studios, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom apartments, as well as a fitness center, a large, planted and fully furnished roof deck, and parking at the ground level. Rendering depict a modern structure clad in gray brick, with a bronze-colored mesh at the parking level. Similar bronze-colored trim surrounds the large windows.

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Permits Issued for a 22-Unit Structure at 520 North 37th Street in Mantua, West Philadelphia

Permits have been issued for the construction of a multi-family structure at 520 North 37th Street in Mantua, West Philadelphia. The development will be located at the southwest corner of North 37th Street and Brandywine Street and will stand four stories tall and hold 22 residential units. The building will contain a total of 32,370 square feet. 1833 Realty LLC is the listed owner. Construction costs are projected at $4 million.

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Permits Issued for 19-Unit Structure at 225-27 North 12th Street in Chinatown, Center City

Permits have been issued for a six-story, 19-unit multi-family development at 225-27 North 12th Street in ChinatownCenter City. Seven bicycle spaces will be included in the project as well as six off-site parking spaces, with one set to be van accessible. The building will total 16,363 square feet of space. Tester Construction is listed as ten contractor for the project, with Coscia Moos Architecture doing the design work, although renderings are unfortunately not available at this time. Project cost is listed at cost $2.9 million.

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