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Old Posted Jan 8, 2009, 3:02 AM
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PHILADELPHIA | Center City Tower | 1,050 FT / 320 M | 75 FLOORS | NEVER BUILT

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This building, one of the few supertalls ever proposed for Philadelphia, would've risen on the former Meridian Tower site on 15th Street near City Hall. Designed by Kling (behind Philadelphia's Bell Atlantic Tower and Yokohama's Landmark Tower), the building was initially pitched to Comcast as their new corporate HQ which, at the time, was in Centre Square directly across the street.

The building never got past the proposal stage as the site was entangled in a protracted legal battle between two separate developers, during the course of which another site was pitched to and ultimately accepted by Comcast and is now Comcast Center. The original site is now partially occupied by the newly completed Residences at The Ritz with the remaining half slated for 1441 Chestnut which has begun sales.



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Old Posted Jan 8, 2009, 5:05 AM
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Considering the opposition to RATR's original proposed height, I can't imagine that this behemoth ever would have been permitted on that site.
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Exactly the point I was going to make Bryson. I always liked the design though, very classy. Something like this would work well as a bookend super-tall on either side of the city's skyline.

What we have rising (RATR) on the site and soon to rise (Waldorf Astoria) have made everyone forget about this proposal. Perhaps in better economic times we'll see something similar in another area of CC.
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Old Posted Jan 8, 2009, 4:42 PM
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Like the design of it, if they could have gotten built on another block, they hsould have.
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Old Posted Nov 12, 2010, 11:51 PM
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The skyline would have looked amazing with this building at 8th & Market!
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Old Posted Nov 13, 2010, 1:23 PM
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I love this design. This is Philly style kind of building. Of course on what block it was picked on, I doubt this will get built.
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Old Posted Dec 21, 2010, 7:24 PM
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Well, at least it wouldn't block the west-facing views of Liberty Plaza now.

Damn I sound like a nimby.
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