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Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
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New plans call for 32-story tower at Boyd Theater site

Pearl Properties has revised its plans for redeveloping the site of the Boyd Theater, which was demolished this year after a long preservation battle.

The developers’ original design — which was panned in the Inquirer as “a charmless, bulky stack of rentable units” — was rejected by the Historical Commission’s architecture committee in May. Pearl kept Eimer Design, the original architects, to work on the design for some structures surrounding the Boyd site, which the architecture committee approved in July.


The latest plans call for a 32-story tower with 250 apartments, 50,000 square feet of retail space, and 117 underground parking spaces. (The original design called for a building 27 stories tall.) The residential entrance to the property would face 19th Street, while the parking and loading entrances face 20th Street. Commercial uses would line the Chestnut Street and Sansom Street frontages of the project.

The project sailed through Civic Design Review with mostly positive comments, according to Planning Commission staff members. In his required letter to the Department of Licenses and Inspections, Commission director Gary Jastrzab wrote that the committee praised the architects for designing the project with surrounding buildings in mind. The committee did have concerns that the small loading space on 20th Street could cause traffic blockages.

The new tower, creatively and perhaps tentatively dubbed 19th + Chestnut, is designed as a by-right project and doesn’t need any zoning variances.

*Height is an estimate

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It's more than just a "by-right project". This is the third iteration of Pearl's proposal at 1900 Chestnut.

1900 Chestnut 1.0: Attractive Deco-esque tower on the corner parcels. Couldn't get variance for it so Pearl bought the Boyd Theater site.

1900 Chestnut 2.0: Horrific Eimer-designed commieblock that was viciously panned by everyone with a voice. The CCRA decided to hire an entirely new architect to work with Pearl, the project was that bad.

1900 Chestnut 3.0: What you see here.
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