Additions to the city include multi story towers and waterfront attractions—with the suburbs gaining residential space in a famous farm.
Luxury apartment complex 1900 Arch in Philly’s Logan Square neighborhood.
The residential market is expanding as PMC Property Group proposes two new city projects. The first, 1900 Arch (1900 Arch St., 267-467-2164), a luxury apartment complex in Philadelphia’s Logan Square neighborhood, has already begun the pre-leasing process. “We assembled the site at 1900 Arch over a period of 10 years, anticipating the growth of the West Market Street office district,” says PMC Executive Vice President Jonathan Stavin. The site is conveniently located with close proximity to the Museum District along the Parkway and the Schuylkill River Path, making it a prime location for both city workers and recreational users. Standing 14 stories high, the complex will hold 248 one-and two-bedroom units, complete with floor-to-ceiling windows, full-size washer-dryers, and energy-efficient, multizoned heating and air-conditioning systems. In addition to the in-home amenities, the apartment community will also feature a fitness center, public courtyard, rooftop deck, and underground parking garage. With all the residential boxes checked, Philadelphians are paying close attention to this new building.
“The market reception has been overwhelming, leasing over 40 percent of the units before the first tenant was able to move into the building,” says Stavin. “We are so confident in the location that we recently acquired two adjacent parcels so that we can add an additional 50 apartments, some of which are bilevel, and are attached to 1900 by a glass-enclosed sky bridge, to be completed by next summer.”
Increasing PMC’s numbers in the city is another residential property near Ben Franklin Bridge. The $65 million project, named 1 Water Street (230 N. Columbus Blvd.), is in the beginning stages of the building process, adding to the growth of the surrounding area. “The area immediately surrounding the Ben Franklin Bridge has started to show real development progress,” says Stavin. “The addition of publicly funded amenities such as the Race Street Pier and semiprivate FringeArts Building convinced us that the time was right for our first development on Columbus Boulevard.” The building will have 166 one-bedroom and 84 two-bedroom units. Two public green spaces, a planned green roof, and spectacular views make this new building a top contender among all residential high-rises in the city. “We will construct 250 apartments with great views of both the Delaware River and the Center City skyline,” Stavin adds. “Our residents will be able to access all of the entertainment options in Old City as well as the increasing number of riverfront recreational activities.”
Sixteen home sites are planned for the famous Ardrossan Farms, the land that inspired the creation of the 1940 classic The Philadelphia Story starring Katharine Hepburn. Located in Villanova, the extensive farmland has planned home sites for 112 acres of the eastern-view shed. The historical land was purchased more than a century ago by the Montgomery Scott family. “Set in the heart of the Main Line on Newtown Road in Radnor Township, Ardrossan is a setting for pastoral relaxation,” says Eddie Scott, the grandson of Main Line socialites and original Ardrossan owners Edgar Scott and Hope Montgomery Scott.
The original 1,800 acres have been scattered, with part going to the park system, leaving the center stretches just as they were 100 years ago. “About 90 acres, known as Skunk Hollow, became part of the Radnor Township Park System, and nearly 300 acres are under conservation easements,” says Scott. “The remaining center of the farm includes more than 350 acres of open farmland and wooded areas that have remained the same for over a century.”
The rolling hills and expansive green space are the perfect spot for a land-lover to build a home, and with the close proximity to shops and businesses along the Main Line, convenience comes standard for the amenities offered in the vast farmland. Each home site is priced at $1.5 million, and all hold the same awe-inspiring sights of the farm. “Each lot has wonderfully picturesque views of expansive country greenery and mature trees; they are all really quite unique.”
SugarHouse Casino recently broke ground on a $164 million expansion, set to open in 2015.
Philadelphia’s own SugarHouse Casino recently broke ground on a $164 million expansion, which is set to open in 2015. The increased space will add to the Delaware riverfront with new restaurants, a parking garage, a multipurpose event space boasting views of the waterfront, and a 30-table poker room. The poker room, open 24/7, will launch in the fall and stay in operation until the permanent poker room opens next year.
In addition to the new amenities, the expansion will also bring the city 500 new full-and part-time jobs, as well as an annual contribution to the Penn Treaty Special Services District, which will be used to promote economic development in Fishtown and neighboring areas. And the new employees will be in good hands, as SugarHouse has been voted as a top place to work six different times since its initial opening.
Once the project is complete, the space will increase immensely thanks to a new full-service restaurant on the first floor and a 30,000-square-foot multipurpose event space on the second floor. “We are officially on our way to the all-new SugarHouse,” says general manager Wendy Hamilton. “This project more than doubles the size of the facility, and is focused on amenities—several dining options, event space, live poker, and also a parking garage. It is beautiful, spacious, and a real game-changer for our team, our players, and the city.”
An aerial view of River Walk, a new project going up along the Schuylkill River that will include three mixed-use towers with residential spaces, retail, and a hotel.
A mega development is planned for the area along the Schuylkill River. Led by developers NP International, the new project, River Walk, will have three mixed-use towers, including residential spaces, a hotel, and retail shops. “River Walk is a mixed-use development that seeks to bring retail, commercial, residential, and hotel amenities to a prime location within the greater Center City area,” says Brent Reynolds, president and managing partner of NP International. The tower will occupy the previously vacant lot east and west between 23rd Street and the Schuylkill and north and south between JFK Boulevard and Race Street. “With close proximity to 30th Street Station, downtown, and the Schuylkill River, this site will provide resources for its users and neighbors alike, as well as achieving a thoughtfully planned residential environment.”
River Walk offers residents close proximity to 30th Street Station, the river, and downtown.
With an approval from the Philadelphia Planning Commission, the first building will sit 42 floors above the ground, with the other two reaching half that height at 21 stories. An additional aspect, pegged as the Arch Street Promenade, will act as a link between the residential and retail spaces. “The development team has been working closely to be responsive to the various stakeholders in order to create a plan that is executable and maximizes the property’s potential in the best interest of Logan Square, the City of Philadelphia, and the project itself,” adds Reynolds. “Site considerations for view corridors and parking impacts have undergone careful consideration in cultivating the proper design solution.”
The developers are also creating a pedestrian staircase and handicapped-accessible ramp. The ramp will float just above the river from JFK Boulevard and extend to below 23rd and Cuthbert Streets, which, according to Reynolds, will make the area much more accessible. “This is a true gateway project as you enter Philadelphia’s core traversing from 30th Street Station along JFK.”
A living room at 410 at Society Hill.
Society Hill is gaining new modern living amenities with 410 at Society Hill (513 S. Second St., 215-592-8655), developed by Toll Brothers City Living. With a prime location across from Headhouse Square and a few steps from the Delaware River, this living space will be enclosed within a private, gated neighborhood and feature a list of strong amenities. “410 at Society Hill offers an unprecedented collection of finishes for Philadelphia, like Gaggenau appliances, and a wonderful suite of amenities that includes a rooftop terrace, courtyard, and residents lounge,” says Todd Dumaresq, marketing manager at Toll Brothers. A 24-hour concierge, on-site residence manager, river views, and an underground parking garage are also included. “A unique selling feature for the neighborhood is the private underground parking,” adds Dumaresq. “[It] will allow residents to park in the building and take an elevator directly up to their homes.”
The building officially opened last fall, and, according to Dumaresq, people have taken notice. “Interest has been very strong, and we are quickly approaching 50 percent sold.” Current and future residents will enjoy 10-foot ceilings within their units as well as plank hardwood floors, solid-wood vanities in the bathrooms, and quartz countertops throughout. Units range from one-to four-bedrooms, averaging from about 1,132 square feet to 2,432 square feet.
410 at Society Hill’s amenities include a rooftop terrace, underground parking, and 24-hour concierge.
An addition to the ever-evolving waterfront in South Philadelphia, the recently renamed Washington Avenue Pier (1301 S. Columbus Blvd., 215-629-3200), formerly Pier 53, will be the newest enhancement to the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation’s pier park at Washington Avenue Green. “The [Washington Avenue Pier] project is a really exciting one for DRWC and Philadelphia,” says planner and project manager Lizzie Woods. “The natural, ecologically minded design presents a nice contrast to the more urban, structural Race Street Pier and signals the diversity of waterfront park space design.” The focal point will be the public display of artwork celebrating the site’s history—a place nearly a million people used as an immigration station. “Designed by artist Jody Pinto, the piece, titled Land Buoy, will be a 55-foot spire with a glowing beacon at the top and 16-foot spiral staircase visitors can climb,” she adds.
The park will also feature an elevated boardwalk, seating areas made out of reclaimed metals, and an on-grade path where visitors can touch the water at points along the pier. “[Washington Avenue Pier] is an accessible waterfront park that serves a neighborhood in South Philadelphia that was cut off from the river for decades,” says Woods. “I am hopeful that this is one more step in the positive transformation of the Delaware River waterfront and the growing stewardship of its resources from both visitors and residents of the city.”
photography by gensler architects (river walk); varenhorst architects (1900 arch); toll brothers city living (410 at society hill); Cope Linder arChiteCts; gensler architects; toll brothers city living