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Old Posted Jan 14, 2020, 6:12 PM
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PHILADELPHIA | 300 N. Columbus Boulevard | 290 FT | 24 FLOORS

I don't expect this thread to be very busy anytime soon, considering they don't plan on starting until 2021.

Title: 300 N. Columbus Boulevard
Project: Apartments, ground floor retail
Architect: Handel Architects
Developer: Durst
Location: 300 N Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA
District: Old City
Floors: 24
Height: 290 Ft




Durst closes on Delaware River waterfront development site in $10 million deal with Philadelphia

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The Durst Organization has paid $10 million for the city-owned lot on the Delaware River waterfront north of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, where it plans an apartment tower.

Durst, based in New York, closed on the property last week, about a year after it was selected to purchase the 1.6-acre site by the Delaware River Waterfront Corp., the quasi-public agency that guides development along central Philadelphia’s eastern waterfront, company spokesperson Jordan Barowitz said Monday. The site, known as the Vine Street lot, will be Durst’s first Philadelphia project.

The time was needed to commit the developer to a plan that advances the DRWC’s goals for the area, which include drawing more foot traffic to the waterfront and building more public spaces, as well as protecting the site’s buried archaeological treasures.

“We’ve worked very closely with the Durst Organization on this project," DRWC president Joe Forkin said in the release. We “are confident that their plans will create a vibrant mixed-use development that will ensure public access to the waterfront, preserve important historic resources, and add value to residents, businesses and visitors.”

Durst aims to break ground on the 25-story tower with 10,000 square feet of retail space during the first three months of 2021, according to the statement. Barowitz said the retail and residential spaces will be built at an elevation designed to withstand once-in-a-century flooding, based on federal projections for the waterfront site.

The project is being designed by Handel Architects of New York, the firm behind the Residences at the Ritz-Carlton condominium building beside City Hall.
https://www.inquirer.com/real-estate...-20200114.html
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Old Posted Jan 14, 2020, 7:22 PM
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Looks great! The Delaware Waterfront needs more development. Build it!
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Good density. Hopefully they'll improve the street level.

Delaware River Boulevard 1-17-20

I made it about 290'

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I give this a 12.7% chance of being built.



kidding, just tryina beat that other guy to the punch
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I didn’t think you could build that high there. Terrible scale. Make the height lower, or break it up with two slender towers.
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I didn’t think you could build that high there. Terrible scale. Make the height lower, or break it up with two slender towers.
I disagree. I think SEFTA made it a bit too high in his renderings. I'm also probably lowballing the height at 290' in the thread title, so we'll just say it's 310 ft. I think that is perfectly appropriate for the area.

Hell, if this tower was 400+' I'd be fine with it. We need more density on the waterfront.

Also, this is my obligatory comment for any thread dealing with the waterfront:

Bring back the Delaware Ave trolley.
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I disagree. I think SEFTA made it a bit too high in his renderings. I'm also probably lowballing the height at 290' in the thread title, so we'll just say it's 310 ft. I think that is perfectly appropriate for the area.

Hell, if this tower was 400+' I'd be fine with it. We need more density on the waterfront.

Also, this is my obligatory comment for any thread dealing with the waterfront:

Bring back the Delaware Ave trolley.
we need more density on the water front but i'd hope that the buildings closest to the bridge preserve views of the most impressive features, like the base, etc.

this is super blocky. happy to see development but personally i don't like the design. looks like a throw back to the 1980s.
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Yeah, I think the model is a little off, PMC's One Water Street is what 16-17 floors. The rendering makes this look like it is 40 floors tall.

Either way, build it! Remember we once had Bridgeman View Tower over 900ft proposed in the area, and a Trump Tower over 500 feet, and the World Trade Square. BVT might've been a bonkers proposal, but if the riverfront ended up with a long stretch of 250-500 footers, hell yeah.

Also, if this gets built I am sure the plot of land next to it finally gets built as well. Remember the more recent plans for 'Renaissance Plaza' - nothing wrong with height here.
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I revised the image above to be 290'

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I revised the image above to be 190'
190' or 290'?
This definitely clears the 200' mark.
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we need more density on the water front but i'd hope that the buildings closest to the bridge preserve views of the most impressive features, like the base, etc.

this is super blocky. happy to see development but personally i don't like the design. looks like a throw back to the 1980s.
Doesn't PMC's 'tower' just south of here already do that? I agree that theres not much positive to say about the design. I was hoping for something better coming from Durst, but I guess they don't want to be the ones who rock the build it basic boat that seems to sail here in Philly.
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Sefta's model should be a bit narrower, I believe. It does not extend all the way to the corner; there is a pocket park on the northern end, where the major archeological remains of the 17th-century shipyard are believed to be buried. Likewise, the drawing indicates it is seven bays wide, not ten.
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I'm not nitpicking but the building also doesn't take up the whole lot . The NE corner of the property will be a park.
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^ Yes, looks like maybe 1/3 of the block or so on the north side will be park + the other property.

Model looks good though. Appreciate these, SEFTA.
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I'm not nitpicking but the building also doesn't take up the whole lot . The NE corner of the property will be a park.
It should also be angled - the rendering appears to show that the building massing isn't perpendicular to the road. See how on the near side, the massing starts on the right, but on the far side it has gone diagonal across the base to the left side. Presumably done to make for better views and maximize sunlight on the western side.
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Yes. I meant 290'
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Frankly, the closer I look at the project, the less I like it.
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Frankly, the closer I look at the project, the less I like it.
I agree. It’s not a good looking building. The way it interacts with the street reminds me of the Society Hill Towers for some reason.
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The 1970's called. They want their building design back.

Not a fan of how this looks currently.
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Such lazy architects
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