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PHILADELPHIA | 4th + Callowhill | 342 & 304 FT | 27 & 24 FLOORS

Title: 4th + Callowhill
Project: Luxury apartments, retail, park/green space
Architect: Cecil Baker & Partners
Developer: Mark Rubin
Location: 309 Callowhill Street, Philadelphia, PA
Neighborhood: Center City
District: Callowhill
Floors: 27 & 24 floors
Height: 342 & 304 feet











http://www.phila.gov/CityPlanning/pr.../Try%202nd.pdf

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450 New Apartments Planned at 4th & Callowhill



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It appears that a developer is hoping to build something big at 4th and Callowhill streets, in the space between Old City and Northern Liberties.

On Wednesday, renderings of the project were made public ahead of a meeting of the Civic Design Review Committee next month. The project includes 454 apartments in two towers, one 26 stories tall and the other 23, with extensive landscaping. The building design was created by Cecil Baker + Partners, with landscape architecture by Studio Bryan Hanes. In recent years, Baker has become one of the best-liked architects working in the city.

The project is designed to take advantage of the East Callowhill zoning overlay, which was adopted in order to encourage dense, pedestrian-friendly development in the area in hopes of connecting Old City and Northern Liberties.

The project will also include two retail spaces and 233 parking spaces. The lot’s zoning allows developer Mark Rubin to proceed with this project by right, but its size requires that it go before Civic Design Review before permits can be issued.
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I am loving this proposal. Like 3rd&Brown mentioned on the highrise thread, I too have always thought that the areas between Callowhill and Sprin Garden was ripe for highrise development. This is a great project, sandwiched between the neighborhood part of Northern Liberties and Old City.

And, it is being built by right. Fan-Tastic!
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As stated above, this is a hugely important stretch to tie Old City and Northern Liberties together a bit more - the gash that 676/Callowhill/Spring Garden create really kills the flow of pedestrian traffic between these neighborhoods. Very excited to see this hopefully come to fruition soon.
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I remember reading last year that the zoning was changed to the (CMX-3?) in order to allow taller buildings in this area. Can anyone verify that? My union hall sits at 5th and Willow St. There's been talk of moving out of there and now might be the time if they can build bigger. That'll increase the value of the property and make the move more cost effective.
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You can always go to www.phila.gov/map and click on zoning when the menu of maps pops up to look at zoning across the city. The entire area between 2nd and 6th, Callowhill to Spring Garden is now CMX-3. The details of the additional bonuses available in this area through the overlay are laid out here: http://planphilly.com/articles/2015/...hern-liberties
Those extra bonuses are what allow this project to achieve that height and density which would appear to exceed what would be allowed under normal CMX-3 conditions.
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Nice idea, but the design is coyote ugly.
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Sorry to be an administrative pain in the ass, but this isn't showing up in the Philly P & C thread yet. Not sure who can change that, but thought it might be worth mentioning B-)
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I sent this and the Liberty on the River thread over to the Website Admins to be added to Philadelphia Project and construction.
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Article from Philly.com

http://www.philly.com/philly/busines...evitalize.html

This is a very exciting project, not only is the height great...but this could potential revitalize this whole area. I hope it passes and breaks ground as soon as possible.
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Along Callowhill Street, a plan to link and revitalize

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Architect Cecil Baker has learned to stop worrying and love above ground parking. Or at least accept it.

Baker has included a three-story parking structure in his design for two soaring residential towers proposed between Third and Fourth Streets on Callowhill Street that the Northern Liberties Neighborhood Association plans to review Monday night.

It's a shift for the designer, known for the studious takedowns of car-centric development he delivers from his seat on Philadelphia's Civic Design Review board.

In an interview, Baker said he aims to make the project a major catalyst for development in the unrevitalized district between Old City and Northern Liberties.

The parking decks are a needed concession, he said, for the success of a project that could help pave the way for a pedestrian-friendly future in a part of central Philadelphia still highly auto-dependent.

"There was the challenge of relinking the city, and that led to the idea of more density," Baker said. "Our charge was to get density, to get activity on Fourth Street, to rekindle life on Willow Street, and to make Callowhill ultimately a pleasing gateway to the city."

The project, called 4th + Callowhill, takes advantage of legislation passed late last year that rezoned the area bounded by Second, Sixth, Spring Garden, and Callowhill Streets from industrial to mixed use. The idea was to restore street life to a district of parking lots, industrial buildings, and strip-center retail by injecting residential density.

The towers get their height - 24 and 27 stories - from bonuses in the rezoning statute that allow projects with stormwater-management infrastructure, open space, and other traits to include extra units.

Paul Levy, president of the Center City District business association, said the towers would encourage spillover from Old City to the south and Northern Liberties to the north by serving as a visual draw.

"It will be a landmark," he said. "It will have a connecting effect that's very important."

Plans call for 454 residential units, 233 parking spots on four levels (one underground), 5,000 square feet of ground-floor retail, and a sprawling public green space that filters water into a drainage tunnel running through the area.

Mark Rubin, owner and developer of the site that now accommodates parking lots and a five-story office building, said he had not determined how many units will be rentals and how many will be for sale.

The main entrance would face Willow Street, a narrow, winding thoroughfare north of traffic-choked Callowhill, seen as a future neighborhood main street if development takes off.

"We are trying to create a new neighborhood," Rubin said. "Right now, it's a no-man's land at night, but this will change that."

Rubin, who owns seven more properties in the immediate area, said he was negotiating with potential co-developers for 4th + Callowhill who have experience with similar large multifamily projects, because his background is in smaller-scale renovations.

For Baker, the project has required a different plan for parking than the underground approach he was able to deploy at other big residential ventures, such as the 500 Walnut and One Riverside condo buildings.

Rubin's potential co-developers and financial backers said ample parking was a vital selling point, given the project's location beside a major highway and the lack of amenities within easy walking distance.

Since more than one level of below-grade parking would have impeded the drainage tunnel, Baker said, he was forced to design the aboveground garage. The upside was a pool deck atop the parking structure with views unbroken by the Vine Street Expressway.

The sides of the parking structure, meanwhile, are exposed to the street only on Callowhill, opposite an expressway overpass, with its three other edges set within the residential towers.

"I've always pushed developers to push their cars below grade" as a Civic Design Review board member, Baker acknowledged. "Here, we tucked the cars where they would have the least impact on street life."
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I read that but I was troubled by the fact that they are still looking for a development partner.
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Dual Residential Towers Planned For Callowhill Street

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These will look pretty tall in that area.
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This has been approved by the CDR

http://philly.curbed.com/2016/10/5/1...-october-recap
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