The Walt Whitman Bridge presents an excellent vantage point for a showcase of the major projects that are rising in the Philadelphia skyline. Today Philadelphia YIMBY shares photos of the city taken from the suspension bridge, which is one of the largest structures that spans the Delaware River, with towers that stand 378 feet tall. The west end of the bridge is situated just to the north of the Port of Philadelphia, from where it heads east to Gloucester City, New Jersey on the other side of the river and provides access to Camden, Trenton, Atlantic City, and beyond. The route to New Jersey features a view of billboards that annoyingly block the skyline from the Philadelphia side, the Southwark Generating Station and its four white chimneys. However, when heading west towards the city, the bridge offers panoramic views of the skyline.
Renderings have been revealed for a 120-unit residential development at 1201-09 Vine Street in The Loft District of Callowhill in lower North Philadelphia. Designed by Cadre Design, the project will consist of a renovation of an existing structure on the site, a two-story vertical overbuild above the building, and a separate eight-story addition. The development will provide 111,683 square feet of space and will include 36 mechanical parking spaces.
Façade work is nearing completion on Ridge Pointe, a 25-unit mixed-use development at 1810 Ridge Avenue in Francisville, North Philadelphia. The building rises five stories tall, with a 3,500-square-foot commercial space at the ground floor and apartments above. Omega Home Builders is the builder.
The PNB Building at One South Broad Street in Center City was originally built as a massive addition to the Wanamaker’s at 1300 Market Street, just to the west of the department store. The building was originally called the Lincoln-Liberty Building, though today the structure is known as One South Broad. The 465,000-square-foot building stands 28 stories tall and rises to a height of 478 feet. The tower was designed by John Torrey Windrim, who also designed the Franklin Institute, which was completed in 1934. The building features a wide profile from the east and west and a setbacked crown that steps up to a bell tower that holds the 17-ton Founder’s Bell. The tower’ cornerstone was placed on October 1, 1931, shortly before the nearby Wanamaker Men’s Store opened over a week later on October 12, 1932.
Permits have been issued for a multi-family conversion of 943-49 Washington Avenue in Bella Vista, South Philadelphia. An extension will be added to the structure, which will stand a total of five stories tall upon completion and contain 24 residential units. Permit lists TBC LLC as the contractor, with Lonny Rossman as the design professional. The building will hold 29,535 square feet of space and cost an estimated $4.2 million to build.