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Old February 20th, 2014, 01:03 AM   #1
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30 Story Growth to Rise From Back of Historic Lits Building



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The Lits Building, the ornate white building on the 700 block of Market Street, may become a host for a 30 story growth to be known as the Mellon Independence Center Tower. The new residential tower would include a basement lobby, street level retail, and 29 floors of apartments.

In order for the MIC tower to go up, it'll need to get approval from the Philadelphia Historical Commission. The flashy white facade at the corner of 7th and Market will remain untouched, as the tower will rise from behind of the adjacent brown brick portion of the building. However, the tower is still a strange addition to the historic complex of buildings, and would tower over them (the proposed height is 429 feet).

Hidden City reports that the facade materials would be mostly white and gray, so as not to distract from the 7th and Market landmark.

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Old February 20th, 2014, 08:16 PM   #2
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New apartment tower, at former Lit Brothers Department Store, will be a Great Addition to a Great City and will finally bring major residential development to Market East

May 8, 2014

The famous Lit Brothers Department Store building, which is now the BNY/Mellon Independence Center along the 700 block of Market Street, is one of the most charming buildings along Market East. It has a six-storey cast iron facade on Eighth and Market Streets, which is actually a conglomeration of several buildings, and a sandstone-colored brick facade on Seventh Street. The tin trim over the corners at Seventh and Market and Eighth and Market have a well-known inscription: “Hats Trimmed Free of Charge”, reminiscent of a time when hats were regularly worn everyday and trimmed with ribbons and items such as feathers. The top of the building once had a large iconic sign that read “A Great Store for a Great City” back in the days of the department store. Now, the developers who renovated the conglomeration of buildings into what is now the BNY/Mellon Independence Center, Brickstone Realty, have proposed building a modern apartment highrise at the back of the center on Filbert Street.

The new tower, which is being designed by Stantec Architecture and which would tentatively be called the Mellon Independence Center Tower, would rise to 35 storeys, 29 storeys above the roof on the Filbert Street side. The tower would be 429 feet tall, about as tall as the Aramark Tower at 11th and Market Streets, and would be set back from the Market Street facade by 180 feet and the Seventh and Eighth Streets facades by 150 feet, which would make it barely visible from directly across Market Street, but visible from Seventh and Eighth Streets. The tower would have a footprint of 12,000 square feet, less than 10% of the total area of the Mellon Independence Center, but it would add 350,000 square feet of new space. It would have 342 loft-style units, in the tower above the Mellon Independence Center, and six floors of office space in the lower floors.
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when are they building this, too? no word on this either
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