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Old March 15th, 2008, 06:59 AM   #41
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PRAY IT DOES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Philly News stations have covered this project. This is being taken VERY seriously. I really think this will break ground!!!!

6abc Action News - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_o69vqJtJRI

(It was also covered on KYW-CBS 3. If I find a video of that I'll post it on youtube.)
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Old March 15th, 2008, 07:27 AM   #42
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New Skyscraper Could Join Philly Skyline

PHILADELPHIA (CBS 3)

The Philadelphia skyline could soon be a little more crowded as a new skyscraper is planned to take over, according to PhillySkyline.com.

The Web site states the American Commerce Center is a 63-story, 1,500-foot tall giant planned by Walnut Street Capital and designed by the architecture firm Kohn Pedersen Fox.

WSC recently purchased a parking lot at 1800 Arch Street, just one block from the recently-built Comcast Center.

If built, the American Commerce Center would tower approximately 525-feet over Philly's latest skyscraper.

The building is planned to contain a 26-story hotel, several floors of retail, a public garden and plenty of office space.


Peter Kelsen, zoning attorney for the developer said, "The development team is excited and looking forward to moving ahead with this world class project. We've already begun discussions with the community and city officials and we are committed to continuing those dialogues and look forward to successfully bringing this project to the city of Philadelphia."

Groundbreaking on the project is not expected until sometime in 2009.

Until city council lifted the lid on high rise buildings back in the 80s, city hall, at 548 feet, was the tallest structure in Philadelphia. It is now dwarfed by Two Liberty Place at 848 feet, One Liberty Place at 945 feet and most recently the Comcast Center at 975 feet. Combined with the Commerce Center at 1,500 feet, the city will be taking another step toward a world class skyline.

For more information visit PhillySkyline.com or ACCTower.com.

Source - http://cbs3.com/topstories/American.....2.677251.html
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Old March 15th, 2008, 07:38 AM   #43
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This is exciting news... Obviously from the fact alone that we have 3 pages on this thread in just a days time.
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Old March 15th, 2008, 07:44 AM   #44
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So how much is it going to cost?

Who's funding?
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Old March 15th, 2008, 01:39 PM   #45
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Simply stunning for Phila...! They just finnished the Comcast!. Really great end absolutely fitting in the skyline. A sexy looking tower, good design!!!
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Old March 15th, 2008, 01:51 PM   #46
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amazing news! Philadelphia just needs a new tower Hopefully it gets built
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Old March 15th, 2008, 01:56 PM   #47
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The Walnut Street Capital plans to build the American Commerce Center, a 1,500-foot tall building on what is currently a surface parking lot in Center City, according to PhillySkyline.com.

The president of WSC, Garrett Miller, acquired the surface parking lot at 1800 Arch St., one block away from the newly-built 975-foot Comcast Center, in October 2007. According to the article, Miller said he envisioned a major mixed-use building and brought on world-renowned architecture firm Kohn Pedersen Fox to achieve it.

KPF designed the US Airways terminal at the Philadelphia airport, Huntsman Hall at Wharton, the Mellon Bank Center, Two Logan Square, One Logan Square, and the Four Seasons Hotel. The President of KPF is from Philadelphia and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in the 1950s.

KPF is also accustomed to designing tall buildings and is currently designing what will be the new tallest buildings in Shanghai (1,588 feet tall) and Hong Kong (1,608 feet tall).

The American Commerce Center will contain a 26-story hotel that tops off at 473 feet with a garden on top, three to six stories of street-accessible retail with another public garden, a 63-story office tower that is 1,210 feet tall and a spire that reaches 1,500 feet tall. The building will also have underground parking, and will be certified in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, making it environmentally friendly.

"While the vision of the building is to engage the pedestrian - to engage Philadelphia - at the street level, we also want the tower to be a symbol of our collective aspiration and hope. We want it to be seen from far away, literally and figuratively," Miller told PhillySkyline.com.

Miller said that partners have been established for funding and the lot was purchased completely on equity.

However, there may be some issues with zoning.

While the site is zoned with no height restriction, the building will have a large floor area, which has to be rezoned. Councilman Darrell Clarke, representative for the district, declined to comment. However, Rob Stuart, President of the Logan Square Neighborhood Association, said that the height is not as important as how it meets the street, and that the developer has "done his homework" in that respect.

WSC is going to hold community forums with the neighbors to address their concerns in the coming months. According to PhillySkyline.com, construction could possibly begin in the summer of 2009, barring setbacks.


Source: http://media.www.thetriangle.org/med...-3269810.shtml
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Old March 15th, 2008, 02:13 PM   #48
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The Comcast Center is 297m.
I think the tower (with spire) will reach more then 450m!

1 500 feet = 457.2 meters!!!



Impressive... really high.

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Old March 15th, 2008, 03:25 PM   #49
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can a mod please edit the title and add the height in m?
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Awesome tower!!! It Rocks!!
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Old March 15th, 2008, 06:19 PM   #51
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quite nice design but like another US cities it has not much space around building...
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Old March 15th, 2008, 06:40 PM   #52
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Philadelphia is getting amazing
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Old March 15th, 2008, 08:27 PM   #53
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300ft spire? That's probably 1/10th of the price.
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Old March 15th, 2008, 08:31 PM   #54
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A tad like one of the early designs of the Freedom Tower, but still very unique...
If it's from the same architect... that person just didn't want to give up!
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Old March 15th, 2008, 09:17 PM   #55
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the spire is 100m i think so there tower is approx. 350 meters with 63 floors

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Old March 15th, 2008, 09:33 PM   #56
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Awesome and huge!
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Old March 16th, 2008, 04:56 AM   #57
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I love the quote that the height is not as important as how it meets the street. I would give anything to have that attitude here in Boston. Good for Philly. First the two new stadiums, then the Comcast tower, which is truly one of the worlds best skyscrapers and now a supertall! Isn't there a new tower proposed near the Cira Center as well? Quite the boom!
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I love the quote that the height is not as important as how it meets the street. I would give anything to have that attitude here in Boston. Good for Philly. First the two new stadiums, then the Comcast tower, which is truly one of the worlds best skyscrapers and now a supertall! Isn't there a new tower proposed near the Cira Center as well? Quite the boom!
Yes the Cira South project, and it will be 2 tower's, one 50's floors, another 30 floors near the Cira Center.

They are starting to take down the parking garage at the 30th Street Station Post Office, which will hold offices for the IRS.
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Old March 16th, 2008, 07:34 AM   #59
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Well, this project sounds like it could happen, Philadelphia has been in want of a supertall for some time now, and this could be it..!!

And with KPF at the helm of the design team, it should prove an awesome tower, but is it me, or does the glass/curtinwall of this building look exactly like the type used on the Shanghai WFC....?
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