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Old Posted Mar 20, 2008, 3:23 PM
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Lightbulb PHILADELPHIA l Castleway Tower l 525' Condominium / 200' Hotel | NEVER BUILT

Castleway Hotel & Condo

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Location: 1911 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19103
Usage: Hotel and condominium
Height: Condominium 525' (160 meters) Floors: N/A
Height: Condominium 200' (61 meters) Floors: N/A
Architects: KlingStubbins
Developers: Castleway Properties L.L.C.
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Units/Condominium: 150 units
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This lot on Walnut Street across from Rittenhouse Square was home to a movie theater which burned in the early 1990s and has been sitting vacant until the present. The Philadelphia Parking Authority, who owned the lot until recently, sold it to Castleway Properties L.L.C. in June of 2007 for $36.7 million. In November 13, 2007 Castleway along with architects, KlingStubbins, revealed the plans for the tower to the Center City Residents Association, which met favorably by the group.

This new project still has some obstacles in its path. There are three historic buildings on the Sansom Street side; the Oliver Bair Funeral Home, Warwick Apartments, and Rittenhouse Coffee Shop which may be demolished to make way for the tower. It might be possible to incorporate the historic buildings into the design of the new construction with the ever popular facadectomy or to simply build over them. Another sticking point is zoning, a recurring theme in Philadelphia construction delays. Currently the property is zoned C4 and would have to be upgraded to a C5 to allow the tower to reach its full height of 525'. A zoning change would have to go through City Council in order to build the project as it is now planned. Darrel Clarke, who's City Council district includes this area, will have to introduce a bill granting the zoning variance needed for the added height.

Approximate location of hotel and condominium highlighted in yellow outline.


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Old Posted Mar 20, 2008, 3:27 PM
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Old Posted Mar 20, 2008, 3:32 PM
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those designs look impressive. 525' is nothing to scoff at either!
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Old Posted Mar 20, 2008, 3:59 PM
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Why don't they blow off the hotel portion and save those historic buildings? In my mind, there's way too much open space left in Philadelphia to justify needing to start tearing things down that give Rittenhouse Square its character. I like the design, but i dunno, I just don't get it. I'd rather see this go up than not but, why couldn't find another place for this? What about the parking lot RIGHT ACROSS THE STREET?
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Old Posted Mar 20, 2008, 4:43 PM
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Swinefeld, I think the yellow outline in your first picture is off a bit; it should be larger. If you compare it with the two diagrams beneath it, you will see that the parking lot on the other side of Moravian is where the tall portion of the building will be. The three buildings that are in jeopardy are on the south side of Sansom (they are between Moravian and Sansom.) This project will cross Moravian thus eliminating most of that block.

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Old Posted Mar 20, 2008, 5:10 PM
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Oh wow that is nice. Philly is really coming along. Very Kewl...

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looks like a giant putting green on the lower roof.
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This one is going to be a true upscale jewel of the most incredible proportions (not that 10 Rittenhouse down the block isn't).
The developer needs to make it upscale to make up the $36.7M they paid for the lot.
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Sounds like we all need to dig in and wait on this one.
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Swinefeld, I think the yellow outline in your first picture is off a bit; it should be larger. If you compare it with the two diagrams beneath it, you will see that the parking lot on the other side of Moravian is where the tall portion of the building will be. The three buildings that are in jeopardy are on the south side of Sansom (they are between Moravian and Sansom.) This project will cross Moravian thus eliminating most of that block.
You're right, I was selling this project a little short. The map has been updated. But my original outline preserved the old buildings.
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Old Posted Mar 20, 2008, 7:32 PM
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Nice design. It kind of sits at a weird angle to the park though....
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Great looking tower, awesome location. I always wanted to see those lots disappear.
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Swinefeld, I think the yellow outline in your first picture is off a bit; it should be larger. If you compare it with the two diagrams beneath it, you will see that the parking lot on the other side of Moravian is where the tall portion of the building will be. The three buildings that are in jeopardy are on the south side of Sansom (they are between Moravian and Sansom.) This project will cross Moravian thus eliminating most of that block.

Ok good...that was the parking lot I was talking about. I'm onboard now haha.
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floors?

How many floors are we looking at for these two bldgs?
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Nice design. It kind of sits at a weird angle to the park though....

I thought the same thing when I saw it. Still a sharp looking tower though...
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How many floors are we looking at for these two bldgs?
That information has not been made available yet.
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Man, Philly is on phire! Is that three new proposals in one week?
Yea...burnin' for sure! I remember seeing this proposal a few months ago - I'm not sure what's happened between then and now.
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