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mcgrath618 Jul 11, 2018 1:39 AM

PHILADELPHIA | 3720 Chestnut | 344 FT | 29 FLOORS
Cranes were up before the ink even dried.

Title: 3720 Chestnut
Project: Residential, retail
Architect: SITIO Inc
Developer: EPG Urban Multifamily
Location: 3700 block Chestnut to Sansom, Philadelphia, PA
Neighborhood: Walnut Hill
District: University City
Floors: 29 floors
Height: 343 feet

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is under contract to sell the current home of University City’s Newman Center student ministry at 3720 Chestnut St. for redevelopment into a residential high-rise.

The Rev. Carlos Keen said in an email to Newman Center supporters Monday that the ministry will move into the former school building and church basement of the nearby St. Agatha-St. James Parish, where he is pastor.

Proceeds from the sale to an entity called EPG Urban LLC will be used to renovate those spaces for the Newman Center’s use and for repairs to the church building’s exterior, as well as to help shore up the Archdiocese’s finances, Keen said.

The University of Pennsylvania, which currently uses the former school building at 111 38th St. as office space, has been notified that its lease there will not be renewed, he said.

mcgrath618 Jul 11, 2018 1:43 AM

Some more renderings:

summersm343 Jul 11, 2018 3:15 AM

Another great University City highrise! Love this project as well. Again, thank you for creating a thread! Well done!

Mr Saturn64 Jul 11, 2018 2:29 PM

An interesting contrast with the Gothic churches on either side.

TechTalkGuy Jul 11, 2018 6:52 PM

Will this proposal be noticeable on the skyline stretch?
Looks tall for its intended location. :)

McBane Jul 12, 2018 2:07 PM

Could be. It was discussed in the main thread that this will be the tallest building in Univ City outside of the Cira complex. Not by a whole lot, but this will still rise above its neighbors, most of which are sub-300 feet. If it helps to put this building and its location into perspective - the new apartment building across the street is 278 feet.

EDIT - I should add that the new Penn Hospital building will also be 343 feet.

jsbrook Jul 12, 2018 3:46 PM

This is a little boxy on the North/South axis (more height would've helped there), but it generally looks very good to me. The base design/first couple floors seem to me to be a nice improvement over most of what goes up in University City. If they use good materials, this will be a great building for the location.

iheartphilly Jul 12, 2018 4:58 PM

This is a good build when it happens. Rectangular in shape and use of different cladding materials and not all glass cladding, which it typical for new builds around University City. The base of the bldg seems to incorporate some faux stones? and other materials. This design is more interesting to look at than most that were recently developed. I think from a design standpoint, it is moving in the right direction. And there seems to be more public space around the building as oppose to the builds that butt right up to the sidewalk with little room to move around or no seating area to lounge and enjoy the surroundings. Lastly, plants and trees are included which softens up all the hard materials that will be used.

JohnIII Jul 12, 2018 6:59 PM

This project has good height; I'd like it taller but it has good height for the area and it has good mass as well. It seems about the height of the Pennsylvania State Building and if we look at the skyline from Belmont Plateau it will have impact; University City blends in with the rest of downtown really well now and the more height the more both areas look more unified.

TechTalkGuy Jul 13, 2018 12:43 AM

From 37th street, this important tower gives Philadelphia miles of skyscrapers. ;)

SEFTA Jul 13, 2018 12:04 PM City 6-28-18 d 7-13-18

TechTalkGuy Jul 13, 2018 4:57 PM

:goodpost: Thanks SEFTA for the graphic illustration! ;)

JurassicPhilly Jul 13, 2018 8:09 PM

Sad it's not the American Commerce Center. :(

boxbot Jul 13, 2018 9:42 PM


Originally Posted by JurassicPhilly (Post 8250332)
Sad it's not the American Commerce Center. :(

JurassicPhilly Jul 14, 2018 6:49 PM

I'm sorry, but I can't let it go. American Commerce Center here, there, and everywhere! American Commerce Center Forever!!!

SJPhillyBoy Jul 15, 2018 11:31 AM


Originally Posted by JurassicPhilly (Post 8251049)
I'm sorry, but I can't let it go. American Commerce Center here, there, and everywhere! American Commerce Center Forever!!!


Philadelphia's future is doomed and can no longer exist because ACC was not built. :haha:

City Wide Jul 15, 2018 3:38 PM


Originally Posted by JurassicPhilly (Post 8251049)
I'm sorry, but I can't let it go. American Commerce Center here, there, and everywhere! American Commerce Center Forever!!!

Maybe somebody can make you a model of what the ACC would have looked like and that would help you in your grief. How about a 12 step program?

Knight Hospitaller Jul 15, 2018 4:31 PM

I’ve moved on to grieving the loss of “Amazon Prime Tower.”

TechTalkGuy Jul 16, 2018 2:44 AM

No updates on 3720 Chestnut St? :???:

City Wide Jul 17, 2018 3:43 PM


Originally Posted by TechTalkGuy (Post 8252077)
No updates on 3720 Chestnut St? :???:

This project was first announced like 5 weeks ago. What sortof of updates do you think should be out there for your consideration? It's like you jump around from one thread to another asking for updates; do you think people have info that they aren't sharing. Patience, it will all come to pass, what will happen will happen. If you really want to push this thread forward I'd suggest you get in touch with the developer and maybe the architect and see what they can tell you, then you can pass on that info to the rest of us.

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