The city of Philadelphia has been booming recently with skyscrapers and buildings of all shapes and sizes. While most of the new buildings have been proposed and built in Center City, the skyline is extending in all directions. The skyline made its first significant leap across the Schuylkill River back in 2005 with the 437-foot, 29-story Cira Centre; now, the area boasts three towers over 400 feet all within a few blocks of one another. The district may soon add a new supertall at the site of Schuylkill Yards, as seen on SHOP Architects renderings from 2016 (though the tower has been excluded from recent renderings).
The Center City skyline continues its persistent westward march to the banks of the Schuylkill River. Recently, Chicago-based architecture firm Solomon Cordwell Buenz submitted to the City of Philadelphia a Civic Design Review presentation that outlines the details on the 328-foot-tall, 29-story residential building proposed at 33 North 22nd Street, which also fronts onto the JFK Boulevard. Developed by the PMC Property Group, the Center City West project will replace a parking lot for the adjacent Trader Joe’s supermarket and will bring 341 apartments as well as indoor parking for both the building’s residents and Trader Joe’s customers.
Demolition permits been filed for 1440 North Orkney Street in Kensington. The property is located nearly in the middle of the whole block. Atlas Philly II is the listed owner. Mangual Demolition INC is the contractor hired for the job.
Built in the mid-1950’s, the Bulletin Building at 3025 Market Street in University City has started to become a hub for new development. When the entire Schuylkill Yards complex is complete, the Bulletin Building will be surrounded by the new towers, bringing a huge amount of space to University City in old and new buildings alike. The Bulletin Building is undergoing renovations with the main stages already complete.
A construction permit has been filed at 700 Master Street in the Yorktown neighborhood in North Philadelphia. The project, located at the southwest corner of Master and North 7th streets, will replace a three-story townhouse, for which a demolition permit was filed in March. The new structure would also stand three stories. In addition, it would include a basement, bay extensions on the front and side elevations, and a private roof deck with an access structure. The total height would not exceed 38 feet. Jacoby Michael is the listed owner.