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Old June 4th, 2013, 11:17 AM   #161
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New 25-storey highrise apartment building at 38th & Chestnut Streets in University City



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A new highrise apartment tower is planned for the busy intersection of 38th and Chestnut Streets. This is the latest story on my blog about highrise apartment towers in the city. This apartment tower will replace two historic townhouses (at 3723 and 3725 Chestnut Street), a small apartment building that used to be a townhouse, and a small yard next to the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral, on 38th Street, in University City. The developer is Radnor Property Group, which is purchasing the neighboring properties from the Episcopal Cathedral to build the apartment tower and in order to provide revenue to renovate the existing church building and fund the church’s community programs. It is being designed by BLT Architects, also known as Bower, Lewis, Thrower Architects.

The new tower will be 25 storeys tall and have 280 rental apartment units, and it will have retail at the street level, along both Chestnut and 38th Streets. It will have a linear, modernist look with abundant windows and balconies. There will be a church community center and school, attached to the original church structure, and a day care center in the basement. The church applied to have the historically designated townhouses, that were used as the church’s parish house, demolished last year, arguing that they did not have sufficient funds to afford the approximately $3 million renovation of their historically designated cathedral and needed to sell the townhouses and yard to obtain those funds. The City’s Historical Commission granted the demolition permits, saying that the demolition was in the ”public interest” according to preservation laws, but the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia objected to the demolition, arguing that the townhouses, designed by architect Charles M. Burns, were still too historically significant and that tearing down historically designated buildings to save other historically designated buildings would set a dangerous precedent. When the Preservation Alliance lost their appeal to the Historical Commission, they decided to work out an agreement in which the Episcopal Cathedral committed in writing to spending the funds from the sale of the next door properties to renovation of the existing cathedral and agreed to a timeline for the renovation and maintenance for 50 years, if the Preservation Alliance dropped their lawsuit in Common Pleas Court. The developers are planning to break ground in September and be ready for occupancy by 2015.

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Old June 13th, 2013, 04:27 AM   #162
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New 1919 Market Tower Design Released

Since the 1980s, 1919 Market has been through many development iterations, from a 50 story twin to the BCBS Tower to this:



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In preparation for the Civic Design Review process required under the new city zoning code, Brandywine Realty Trust has released a rendering and more details about its planned mixed-use residential/commercial tower proposed for 1919 Market Street in Center City.

The 28-story tower will contain 278 rental apartments and 25,000 square feet of commercial/retail space. The tower rises from a four-story podium. The commercial space will be in the bottom two floors of the podium, with frontages on both Market and 20th streets, while the third and fourth floors will consist of bi-level apartments with interior stairwells.

To protect the privacy of the Kennedy House residents to its north, the tower occupies only the south half of the site and is set back 200 feet from the Kennedy House’s south facade. A rooftop pool will sit atop the north half of the podium, next to a fitness center and club room for residents.

The building will have garage parking for 219 cars.

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Old June 25th, 2013, 06:51 AM   #163
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Large Mixed-Use Development May Rise In Kensington



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The Piazza, the NoLibs glassy self-enclosed urban unit opened up in 2009, has mostly met with success and praise both in Philly and the world outside. It makes sense, then, that other developers would try to follow Blatstein's formula and engage in some urban placemaking of their own. The SoKo loft project, already underway, is one such copycat project, but it looks like there's a new megadevelopment proposed to take up a South Kensington block.

Blackstone Development, most known for their student housing work in the Temple area, is proposing a 227,200-square-foot apartment complex/retail space/glossy live-work environment. It would include a central courtyard, apartment towers, and quite a bit of retail space.
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Old June 25th, 2013, 07:51 PM   #164
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2116 Chestnut Finishing Up:

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The Grove at Cira Centre South makes its upward move:





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A Look At Drexel's Transit-Oriented Tracks Development



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Drexel university has big plans for the Most Eastern fringes of University City North of Chestnut Street. The university also is exploring a possible future neighborhood built over the SEPTA and AMTRAK rail yards near 30th Street Station. Drexel approached AMTRAK and SEPTA with the idea of doing an engineering and air rights study, which Drexel will pay for. in addition to the railroads, PennDOT, PIDC, the University of Pennsylvania, Brandywine Realty Trust, and Philadelphia Deputy Mayor for Transportation and Utilities Rina Cutler are involved in the discussions.




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Ridge Flats Development On Deck:



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The long awaited Ridge Flats in East Falls is moving toward an official city review. Designed by local green developer Onion Flats, the mixed-use project will sit on the site of the former Rivage Ballroom at Ridge avenue and Calumet Street. Onion Flats is now partnering on the 146 unit building project with Grasso Holdings and is finalizing financing.

The project could be the country's largest net-zero energy residential development, where energy for nearly all utilities is generated on site and residents have minimal power bills. Onion flats has presented and discussed its plans four times now before the EFCC and the community, but there will likely be at least one more local meeting and an official vote before a formal city review....

....The Ridge Flats plan will go before CDR members, which for each application includes a representative of the local registered community organization, at a meeting scheduled for 1 p.m. July 2.
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Children's Hospital moving quickly:





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Chinatown Apartment Project Ready To Build



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PHILADELPHIA-In the next six to nine months, the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corp. says it will start construction on a 23-story mixed-use project at 10th and Vine streets.

The organization briefed Chinatown residents on its plan on Tuesday evening at the Chinese Christian Church & Center. The project, when completed, will feature 143 apartments units and 10,000 square feet of retail space, plus banquet and recreational space, according to planphilly.com.

The project is estimated to cost $71 million to build. The developers are still attempting to secure financing for the project. Citibank is reportedly committing $42 million in tax credit funding, according Ahsan Nasratullah of JNA Capital, which is working with PCDC on the project.
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Old July 17th, 2013, 03:09 AM   #170
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New Plans for Delaware Riverfront Megadevelopment:



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Developers have revised plans for the 1,411 unit Renaissance Plaza project, in accordance with concerns about the height of the original proposals. The tallest tower will now reach only 240 feet into the sky, a significant change from the original proposed height of 480 feet.

Like other developers proposing enormous, area changing developments, Carl Marks has found itself subject to special scrutiny, but they say they're trying to work with, rather than against, the city's plan for the Central Delaware.
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Old July 18th, 2013, 11:19 PM   #171
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5 Story Mod Job May Be Too Much For Graduate Hospital

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19th and Arch peeking out of the ground:


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Ridge Flats, in East Falls, will be the nation’s largest energy independent (net-zero energy) building



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The most innovative housing development in East Falls is, also, one of the most innovative housing developments in the city. It will be an apartment building, called Ridge Flats, and it will be built on a (mostly) long vacant lot at the intersection of Kelly Drive and Calumet Street, right at the foot of the Falls Bridge to West Fairmount Park and Lower Merion, and also along Ridge Avenue (known to locals as “The Ridge“), East Falls’ main commercial retail street. The development is being built by the always innovative Onion Flats, along with developers Grasso Holdings; the developers of a House of Blues concert hall on the Delaware River waterfront, and designed by Onion Flats’ in-house architecture firm, Plumbob. They won a competition to develop the vacant site that once had a catering hall, known as ”The Rivage“, after an earlier development fell apart in the recession a few years ago. Ridge Flats will not only be innovative in its look, but also because of its many sustainable features, the most noteworthy being its use of energy-producing and energy-saving technology to become the largest energy independent, known as “net-zero energy“, building in the country, and the first in Philadelphia. It will achieve this net-zero energy independence with a large array of solar panels on its roof and energy conserving features, that will reduce energy use to be 90% less than the average apartment building. It will be certified as a “Passive House” building, a certification for such net-zero energy buildings that had started in Europe, but is starting to be adopted in American construction.
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SouthStar Lofts Rising Above Ground Level

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4224 Baltimore Project Proposals Show a Lot of Glass



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The proposed 4224 Baltimore project, located right next to Clark Park, looks as though it will dramatically depart from the dominant architectural style down Baltimore avenue: the area is dominated by low density victorians and lots of green space.

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The proposals would have to get through talks with the Zoning Board, and neighborhood zoning committees in order to get the zoning variances it needs to begin construction. The developers say that the project needs to be so large in order to finance community-friendly amenities, like retail space and underground parking. The project includes 108 rental units, most of which would be one bedrooms, and 55 resident owned condos.
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The Grove at Cira Centre South progress:


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Old August 28th, 2013, 07:23 AM   #178
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City Planning Commission Says Yes to a New Whole Foods...And Attached Apartment Building Thingy



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The proposal for a new Whole Foods in a complex at 22nd and Spring Garden that would also house 293 apartments and almost 500 parking spots recieved approval from the City Planning Commission, moving it one step closer to approval from the Zoning Board. The move would mean the end for a Best Western hotel that is currently located at the site.

Though the City Planning Commission was broadly supportive of the proposal, they did have a few recommended tweaks for the design: they want more lighting for passersby, and they'd like grocery store entrances along Pennsylvania Ave. The store will also be near an existing traffic snag at 21st and Hamilton that might need some resolution.
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New One Riverside Renderings Revealed



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Have a look at the new renderings in the Civic Design Review project application for One Riverside Place, which will front on 25th Street and include 147 apartments. The building, located right on the Schuylkill River, will include a raised patio above the parking garage, (which will contain 81 car parking spaces and 49 bike spots), and retail space. The proposal also includes a cafe right on the Schuylkill River. The application also includes the lowdown on efforts to keep the adjacent community garden un-fried by the building's glass facade.




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Temple's Morgan Hall Completed



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A new dormitory on Temple's campus will open on Monday when the university opens up for a new school year. It's designed to enhance the residential student experience and perhaps entice non-commuter students to come to Temple to stay. The architecture of the 27 story tower (designed by MGA partners) is a marked departure from the basic brick buildings that populate the majority of the area, and it might just help Temple create more of a campus feel.

The residence hall itself is very luxe: flat screen televisions are included in every unit, and the building includes shared fireplace lounges.

The Morgan Hall complex isn't just for its residents, though. The complex includes a raised plaza, which offers outdoor seating, and creates an on-campus ambiance. Though the courtyard, walkway, and retail space included in the complex are open to the public, they do have a very for students feel.

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