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Old Posted Feb 1, 2007, 5:07 PM
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Lightbulb PHILADELPHIA | Bridgeman's View Tower | 915 FT / 279 M | 66 FLOORS | NEVER BUILT

Bridgeman’s View Tower

Website: Agoos/Lovera

Location: 900 N. Delaware Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19123
Usage: Condominium, boutique hotel, office and retail space
Height: 915' (278.9 meters) Floors: 66
Architects: Agoos/Lovera
Developers:
• Marc F. Stein
• Ryan Roberts
• North Jersey real estate investment team (undisclosed)
Estimated Cost: $600,000,000
Units/Condominium: 794 units, starting at $750,000
Units/Hotel: 200-300 rooms
Groundbreaking: November 2007
Completion: 2010
Amenities/Features:
• “Amenity deck”
• Automated parking levels
• Green roof/garden
• Sky-lit glazed galleria
• Landscaped park
Trivia:
• Bridgeman's View was named as a tribute for members of the Ironworkers Local Union 401 who helped build the Ben Franklin Bridge.
• Bridgeman’s View will be the third tallest building in Philadelphia and the tallest residential tower in the city.

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Aerial view of future site (empty lot just north of Poplar St.)


Site plan


Elevations


Perspective


Model showing tower, garage, and galleria


View from Poplar Street


View from North Delaware Avenue


View from 4th and Brown Streets


View from 2nd and Poplar Streets

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wow! great for Philly!
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sweet.

Ground breaking in November. We should start to see it rise late 2008?
     
     
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overall, this tower is pretty well designed, has good interaction with the street, and the way the developers worked with the neighborhood is a stellar example of civic-minded discussion. BUT, I just can't get over the idea of how silly it will look to have the second tallest building in the city off by itself, miles from the CBD. I know a lot of people in this forum get an erection whenever they see "917 feet height", but does anyone else feel this way?

overall though, I'm pretty "meh" on the whole area, so I don't care too stongly. It adds residents.
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^^^ what do you mean all by itself? Looks like there are some existing talls around the site model, not nearly 900' but not low density, either.
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BUT, I just can't get over the idea of how silly it will look to have the second tallest building in the city off by itself, miles from the CBD. I know a lot of people in this forum get an erection whenever they see "917 feet height", but does anyone else feel this way?
When BV is initially complete it may look a little out of place. But as the years go on and other development in the area comes to be, I think it will be a good balance, and an expansion of the skyline horizontally instead of just vertically.

Then maybe a 1500 footer in River City wouldnt look so silly
     
     
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^^^ what do you mean all by itself? Looks like there are some existing talls around the site model, not nearly 900' but not low density, either.
It won't be all by itself.

Take a look at what has been proposed for the area. Not all of this is getting built, but you see the potential. I hope PennPraxis doesn't put the kibosh on future developments.
     
     
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This will put Philly in a league with only New York and Chicago for having three 900+ footers. Go Philly!


New York - 3 existing, 1 approved
Chicago - 2 existing, 1 approved
Houston - 2 existing
Philadelphia - 1 existing, 1 under construction, 1 proposed
Seattle - 1 existing
Dallas - 1 existing
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Some recent articles for more detail...

http://www.globest.com/news/830_830/.../152432-1.html

GlobeSt.com Commercial Real Estate News and Property Resource
Last updated: January 26, 2007 09:49am
$600M Riverfront Tower Gains Approvals
By Marita Thomas

PHILADELPHIA-Marc Stein and Ryan Roberts, two native-Philadelphia iron and steel contractors, have obtained investors, zoning approval and land to develop the city’s tallest, primarily residential tower and its third tallest building of all. Called Bridgeman’s View in tribute to Ironworkers Local Union 401, which helped construct the Ben Franklin Bridge, it will rise 66 stories at an estimated cost of $600 million.
Stein says the company has acquired a 3.5-acre riverfront parcel at 900 N. Delaware Ave. in Northern Liberties for nearly $30 million. “It has a one-acre parking lot and industrial buildings that are now about 70% leased,” he says. Groundbreaking is scheduled for this November, with delivery in 2010.

The developer entity, 2945 PDI LLC, is backed by a Northern New Jersey-based investor group, which Stein tells GlobeSt.com, “has projects in England, Gibraltar, Miami and Israel.” Without identifying the group’s members, he says, “they seek projects that have value; Philadelphia is in their sights, and they see this as an iconic addition to the city.”

Although the design is not fully complete, he tells GlobeSt.com it will include 80,000 sf of restaurants and retail on the first two floors, a 250-room boutique hotel up to the 15th floor, topped by approximately 700 residential condos. Off the 15th floor there will be an amenity deck, which Stein says, “will be a club, shared by residents, hotel guests and open to membership by neighborhood residents,” a feature worked out in discussions with the community.

“The developers have demonstrated a commitment to work with the community,” says Jennifer Lewis, president of the Northern Liberties Neighbors Association, in a statement. Among the other agreements with NLNA is the renovation of Canal Street, which will be pedestrian-only, and the inclusion of outdoor dining venues. In addition, the developer's plans call for a green building that qualifies for LEED certification.

“Financing for the hotel is in place,” Stein says, “and a couple of branded entities are now vying for it.” Condo pre-selling will begin within eight months and be handled in house. One-bedroom units of about 1,000 sf are priced in the mid-$700,000s. “Bi-level and tri-level penthouses of up to 5,000 sf or more are available,” he says, and puts overall pricing within the range of $700 per sf to $750 per sf.

Plans for Bridgeman’s View began prior to the award of a gaming license for SugarHouse Casino, which will be across from it and does not have the neighbors’ blessing. “We don’t know what impact it will have,” Stein says. “But, it’s another sign that Philadelphia is on the move. We hope it’s good for the city and the state and the neighborhood.

Bridgeman's View Tower 'full steam ahead'
Philadelphia Business Journal

http://www.bizjournals.com/philadelp...ml?jst=b_ln_hl

The developers of Bridgeman's View, a proposed 950-foot-tall, $600 million residential tower along the Delaware River, have closed on the purchase of two parcels where the project is planned and have plans to break ground this fall.

Developers Marc F. Stein and Ryan Roberts, both of Philadelphia, and an undisclosed real estate investment team from North Jersey, paid a total of nearly $30 million to buy the land at 900 N. Delaware Ave., in the Northern Liberties neighborhood, Stein said. The parcels, which total 3.5 acres, were bought from various local investment groups.

"We are moving forward and this project is moving full-steam ahead," Roberts said.

The developers have zoning approval for the project, which will stand as the tallest residential tower in Philadelphia. Other tall condo projects proposed for Philadelphia have been met with controversy, including the Barnes Tower, a 500-foot, 47-story complex at 22nd Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. Bridgeman's View would add to an upswing in the development of the Delaware River front. Foxwoods Casino Philadelphia is building a $560 million project on a 16-acre parcel on South Columbus Boulevard near Reed Street and SugarHouse Casino plans a $550 million building on the site of the former Jack Frost sugar refinery, on Delaware Avenue north of the Ben Franklin Bridge.

Bridgeman's View was named as a tribute for members of the Ironworkers Local Union 401 who helped build the Ben Franklin Bridge. Both Stein and Roberts and their respective families have long had ties to the union. The tower will have 66 stories. It will consist of 794 condos starting in the mid-$700,000 range, a boutique hotel with 200 to 300 rooms and two floors of retail space. Attached to the tower will be an 80,000-square-foot "galleria" of upscale shopping.
     
     
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This will put Philly in a league with only New York and Chicago for having three 900+ footers. Go Philly!


New York - 3 existing, 1 approved
Chicago - 2 existing, 1 approved
Houston - 2 existing
Philadelphia - 1 existing, 1 under construction, 1 proposed
Seattle - 1 existing
Dallas - 1 existing
Woo hoo for Philly, but you have a ways to catch up with Chicago (or even NY). Chicago has 5 900+ footers, 2 more under construction and 2 more proposed.

http://www.skyscraperpage.com/diagrams/?25530813

Good luck catchin up suckuhs!
     
     
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Yea LITZ, I do get an erection everytime i hear 915' as the quoted height. I agree it will stick out but development has to start somewhere. I really believe in 30-40 years Philly's skyline will stretch from river to river so I am comfortable knowing Bridgeman's View is helping this become a reality. Kevin, those are some eye raising statistics, i knew we would have 3 900 footers if this project was completed but i didnt realize only Chi & Nyc are the only ones in this category.
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I'm really pumped for this one. It will be a major High Rise under construction to follow into 2010...long after comcast, murano, and even ritz are done.
     
     
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Woo hoo for Philly, but you have a ways to catch up with Chicago (or even NY). Chicago has 5 900+ footers, 2 more under construction and 2 more proposed.

Good luck catchin up suckuhs!
We will eventually get there!

Is it possible Houston and Dallas do not have more 900+ footers than listed above?
     
     
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thanks for that picture Swinefeld. Puts things in a little more perspective.

There's actually enough room between 95 and the river there to put in some semblance of a functional community, especially with the a solidly filled-in Northern Liberties on the other side of the highway. If all this goes to plan, I think a lot of people, including myself, are going to have to rethink the way we view the layout of the city. That whole area- Old City, NoLibs, Fishtown- I look at as kind of out of the way, off to the side. It would be really interesting if it became a major center of activity, it's probably the area of the waterfront with the best chance to do so as things presently stand. Maybe something like the Newport area in Jersey City, but with less offices and more residential?
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It won't be all by itself.

Take a look at what has been proposed for the area. Not all of this is getting built, but you see the potential. I hope PennPraxis doesn't put the kibosh on future developments.
Philadelphia is on a roll. Whats so cool about this is it will really expand the skyline, in much the same way as portland's south waterfront.

Casinos in Philadelphia? Who'd'a thunk?
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bridgeman's view will definitely fit in with the rest of the skyline from certain angles at this point


(for those who don't know at this angle it would be around the left end of the billboard on the left)
     
     
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About time Philly started getting more height.
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About time Philly started getting more height.
Philly is already getting more height with Comcast. What bothers me is how Comcast is just 3 meters shy of 300. 300 is a major threshold number-- Comcast, y not just grow by three?
     
     
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That is awesome news!! But why can't they just go ahead and break that 1,000 ft. mark!? So close, AGAIN!
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About time Philly started getting more height.
yeah, now we can be a real city.

Skyscraperpage is so funny... half of the comments on this thread are going to come from out-of-towners because of the height.
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