A new 468-unit apartment tower is planned for South Broad Street

Rick Magliano

A new 43-tale household tower is headed to Center City, bringing 468 new apartments to the intersection of Wide and Lombard Streets.

Fresh new renderings from the Goldenberg Group put the proposed tower in the context of the neighboring Symphony Home rental tower. The new pictures highlight its soaring glassy facade following to the historically protected making that made use of to house the city’s District Well being Middle A person.

The household tower would be created on a narrow area parking whole lot, when the now-defunct municipal well being heart would be repurposed as industrial and retail place. It also consists of underground parking for 30 automobiles and additional than 200 bicycles.

The Goldenberg Team would not remark on the new renderings, which will be debated at a general public assembly on Aug. 2, just before the Civic Design and style Review committee. This panel of municipally appointed architects, developers, and other experts will debate the deserves of Goldenberg’s ideas, though it has the electricity only to make ideas and can’t pressure the developer to make changes.

Apart from that, the last acceptance phases are envisioned to be accomplished soon.

The town moved District Well being Centre A single to South Philadelphia, and the Preservation Alliance of Better Philadelphia nominated the lower-slung modernist place of work construction for historic designation in 2017. At the time, critics argued that the alliance’s motion would stymie new assignments on this corner of Wide Road.

In the renderings, the Goldenberg Team highlights how the new condominium tower would perform with its traditionally shielded neighbor to the immediate south. The base of the developing would be clear to “provide respiration place for the historic Health and fitness Center,” when the structure would “take cues” from the more mature composition.

“There was issue that we would limit redevelopment of the website by nominating what was perceived by some as an unappealing, quirky, antiquated setting up on an critical corridor,” claimed Patrick Grossi, director of advocacy with the Preservation Alliance. “This [design] validates what we did. I have normally been struck by towns like Montreal, where by historic architecture and newly built buildings get the job done jointly. This is a superior example of that in Philadelphia.”

The Goldenberg Group’s planned residential tower suits within the new record of South Wide Avenue in Heart Town. In 2007, Carl Dranoff opened the Symphony Household, a 31-tale luxury rental tower throughout Lombard Road from Wellness Heart Just one. Although The Inquirer’s architecture critic, Inga Saffron, panned the developing, it inaugurated a new interval of higher- to mid-rise household building on the corridor.

Considering that then, Dranoff opened the Southstar Lofts condominiums in 2014 on Broad and South Streets and extra a short while ago the 47-tale Arthaus luxury tower on Broad and Spruce.

The Goldenberg Group’s venture stands out by not currently being created by Dranoff and because it would cater to the rental market. Although by no means very affordable housing, the tower at Wide and Lombard will probably be targeted to a unique demographic than the “silver tsunami” of rich vacant nesters that Dranoff built his superior rises for.

“Carl Dranoff genuinely pioneered South Wide Road as a big residential web page, and now other people today have joined in,” reported Paul Levy, president of the Centre City District. He notes that Center City’s population has developed during the pandemic and that most of the newer apartment structures downtown have upward of 95% occupancy.

“I’m bullish on developments like this,” Levy mentioned. “There will be a restrict at some point, but we have not reached it nonetheless.”

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