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Old June 20th, 2008, 06:31 PM   #1
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Philadelphia is getting the tallest skyscraper in the US

Most like likely this will happen.

Zoning bill marks 1st step toward 1,500-foot skyscraper here
By CHRIS BRENNAN
Philadelphia Daily News
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A local developer took the first step yesterday toward building the tallest skyscraper in America when City Councilman Darrell Clarke introduced legislation for zoning changes needed at the 18th and Arch streets location.
Clarke's action came on the same week that Mayor Nutter laid out his goal to restore to the City Planning Commission the power to shape such developments. The councilman and the mayor agree the commission should run the show on the proposed skyscraper, which Walnut Street Capital has named the "American Commerce Center."
At 1,500 feet, the skyscraper would be more than 50 percent taller than the Comcast Center, which recently opened one block away. The Comcast Center takes up a full city block while the American Commerce Center would be built on a 1.5-acre half-block.
Clarke said the site's narrow footprint was one reason the developer chose to build so high.
That has prompted complaints from nearby businesses and the residents of high-rise buildings on John F. Kennedy Boulevard about traffic congestion, reduced parking since the site is now a parking lot, and the shadow a 1,500-foot skyscraper might throw over the neighborhood.
"I understand that there is significant concern and, at this point, a reasonable level of opposition," Clarke said. "It's our hope that by the time of the public hearings that most of those issues will be addressed."
Clarke brought the developer to meet Nutter early this year and city planners have been working on the project since then. The mayor says the building's "size, scale and complexity" could be a test case for his goal of changing development in the city.
"This could be a wonderful opportunity to utilize this new process . . . for what could be one of the most incredible buildings built not just in Philadelphia but anywhere in the country," Nutter said after Council's meeting.
Joseph Beller, an attorney representing the residents of the nearby Kennedy House, said they don't want "canyons" of skyscrapers like New York City.
"We're not trying to be obstructionists," Beller said. "We're trying to see if something built there will be compatible and not harm what's already there."
Rob Stuart, president of the Logan Square Neighborhood Association, said the developer has addressed those concerns at several meetings in recent months.
"When you look at the amount of square feet, it needs this legislation because it would be the densest development in the history of Philadelphia," Stuart said.
Clarke's legislation was introduced on the last day of Council before the start of the three-month summer break. While the developer can work with the city and neighbors over the summer, no action can be taken on the legislation until mid-September.
In other business:
* Council voted 15-2 to approve a plan to privatize the way the city deals with sludge from treated wastewater. The vote, which helped Nutter achieve a legislative goal, came as about 50 union members from the Philadelphia Water Department stood in opposition to the plan. Council members Jannie Blackwell and Bill Green opposed the measure.
* Council also gave final approval to placing on the November general-election ballot a question about changing the city's charter to fold the Fairmount Park Commission into the city Recreation Department. Green voted against that legislation, saying that he supported the idea but felt it should include a provision that would require a "supermajority" vote by Council to approve any future sale of park land. That would require 12 of Council's 17 votes instead of a simple majority of nine. *
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Old June 20th, 2008, 07:19 PM   #2
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Won't the 2000ft Chicago Spire and 1776ft Freedom Tower be done before this?

Cool project though, good to see such a beast for a great skyline.
Any renders for the super tall forum?
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Old June 20th, 2008, 07:44 PM   #3
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* Philadelphia is getting the tallest skyscraper in the US outside of New York and Chicago

better title?

Anyway, GO PHILLY!!!!
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Old June 20th, 2008, 08:07 PM   #4
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"* Philadelphia is getting the tallest skyscraper in the US outside of New York and Chicago"

It already qualifies for that with the Comcast Tower.
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Old June 20th, 2008, 08:34 PM   #5
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"* Philadelphia is getting the tallest skyscraper in the US outside of New York and Chicago"

It already qualifies for that with the Comcast Tower.
Nah, the US Bank tower in LA is slightly taller than Comcast - only by 50ft or so, but it's taller.

Comcast is a wonderful skyscraper though - beautiful building.

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Also, isn't there a thread for this building already?
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Old June 20th, 2008, 08:56 PM   #6
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Actually the tallest building in the U.S. outside of NYC/Chicago is Bank of America Plaza in Atlanta at 312 m. U.S. Bank in L.A. is 310 m...just thought I would clarify that.
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Old June 20th, 2008, 08:59 PM   #7
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I meant that the Comcast was the tallest between NYC and Chicago..my bad.
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Old June 21st, 2008, 09:30 AM   #8
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Wrong subforum

There's already a thread on this in the WDN:

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...t=Philadelphia
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