Plans for a mixed residential/commercial (ground and second floors) development to be erected near the corner of 19th and Chestnut will be presented at the Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion. The 54,782 sq.ft. parcel has frontages on 19th Street, 20th Street, Chestnut Street and Sansom Street. Entry to a 32 story residential tower, oriented on a north south axis, will be through a landscaped courtyard facing 19th Street. The two story lobby leads directly up to the second floor amenity area which has a large outdoor terrace space. The 32 story tower will include:
There will be retail space along Sansom Street, on 19th Street and in the former Boyd Theater Lobby, as well in the Alexander building at the corner of 19th and Chestnut Streets, the former Qdoba restaurant location.
All vehicle access will be from 20th Street. A curb cut on 20th situated at the current parking lot on the east side of the street will provide access to a ramp going down to the Parking Garage. This same curb cut will provide entry to a grade level loading area designed so that 32-foot trucks may turn around inside the loading dock so that no trucks will need to back into or out of 20th Street.
The site is zoned CMX-4, Center City Commercial Mixed-Use. The project has been designed within the zoning requirements so that it may be built "as of right" without any further plan approvals. The community meeting is part of the Civic Design Review process which requires proponents of large scale developments to solicit design input from adjacent communities and, further, to present their Plans for review by a 7 person Civic Design Review panel containing one representative from the affected Registered Community Organization, in this case, CCRA. This Design Review process is advisory only and developers are not bound by the recommendations of either the community or the CDR panel. The CDR committee meets at 1 pm on Tues Nov 24 on the 18th floor of 1515 Arch St - northeast corner of 16th and the Parkway.