Title: Renaissance Plaza
Project: 1,458 apartments, 90,000+ sqft of retail, structured parking, rooftop green space and pools, public green space
Architect: Alesker & Dundon Architects
Developer: Waterfront Renaissance Associates
Location: 400 N. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia, PA
Neighborhood: Penn's Landing
District: Center City
Floors: 5 tower: ~20 floors
Height: 5 towers: ~240 feet
Developer Waterfront Renaissance Associates plans to build a 1,458-unit, four-tower residential and retail complex at the corner of Columbus Boulevard and Spring Garden Street.
The tallest two of the four towers of Renaissance Plaza would rise 426 feet, the other two 227 feet. The shorter towers would be more than double the 100-foot height limit established in the Central Delaware Waterfront Master Plan, the city's long-range plan for the redevelopment of the Delaware River waterfront, between Oregon and Allegheny Avenues.
But the Philadelphia City Planning Commission, which must approve plans of development for projects within the Central Delaware, has the power to grant exceptions to the height limits.
The master plan calls for ground-floor retail, and the proposal for the 5.29 acres at 400 North Columbus Boulevard includes more than 90,000 square feet of it, Grigos said. The master plan calls for public open space, and this development would have green areas that all Philadelphians – complex residents or not – can use. The project would be built to the highest LEED standard attainable, and include a green roof with swimming pools.
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