20-story high-rise could be coming to Broad and Fitzwater

The long-vacant lot at Broad and Fitzwater could become a 20-story high-rise.

High-rise rendering from Philly Mag.

Instead of the single-family townhomes originally being talked about for the property, the lot is now on the market for $20 million and being marketed for a condo high-rise development.

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Beverley said they have approvals for a 20-story high-rise project that would be comprised of 120 luxury condo units–valued at $1 million a piece. The land and plans could be sold outright, or Beverley said the company would be open to a joint venture as well. Although the future of the condo project is up in the air, one thing is certain–the Mona Lisa development is no longer in the picture. “We are not moving forward with the townhomes,” confirmed Beverley.

Earlier plans for the high rise were designed by Coscia Moos Architecture in Center City. Sergio Coscia, principal of the firm, said that it was designed as a modular high-rise building reaching 20-stories in height–one he called the tallest in the county at this point. That’s an important note, as the B2 BKLYN modular high-rise at the former Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn will be the tallest modular building in the entire world, whenever it actually gets completed. Coscia called it a “tight site,” and noted that the modular construction would work well within the physical constraints of the lot, which would allow for the “containers” to be built off site and stacked and locked into place.

14 thoughts on “20-story high-rise could be coming to Broad and Fitzwater

  • August 6, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    That would not stick out like a giant sore thumb. Not at all…

    I can’t be the only one who moved south for the low-rise, more open nature of the neighborhood…can I?

    • August 6, 2015 at 1:54 pm

      How long ago did you move? Because Fitzwater is practically Center City at this point.

      • August 14, 2015 at 11:09 am

        It doesnt matter if its “Center City”, it doesnt mean that high rises belong there. Camac St is in Center City and it’s the quaintest area ever. Right building, right place. We dont need 20 stories there, and we dont need to be attracting only super-rich people to live there, either.

    • August 11, 2015 at 1:05 pm

      So, a high rise doesn’t fit in a dense city full of high rises, on a street known for high rises, mere blocks from Center City?

      “I can’t be the only one who moved south for the low-rise, more open nature of the neighborhood…can I?”

      Did you think when you go south of South Street, you end up in Vermont?

      • August 14, 2015 at 11:11 am

        Broad St has high rises up to the Symphony House. Thats 5 blocks away, but the scale of everything south of there is much smaller, so yes, this would stick out like a sore thumb, and be too large for the scale of the surrounding neighborhood.

  • August 6, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    The whole city sticks out like a sore thumb on God’s green earth. How tall is the Marine Club? How tall is 777? How tall is Blatstien’s project at Washington Ave? Twenty stories of great architecture on Broad Street is a welcome addition to my neighborhood.

  • August 6, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    Broad St intersections are exactly where this sort of thing belongs. Build it!

    • August 6, 2015 at 3:02 pm

      Perhaps a Dollar General would be a better fit? Or a surface lot, that would be well needed!

      • August 14, 2015 at 11:12 am

        Right. Because our only options are either a 20-story building or a Dollar General.

    • August 6, 2015 at 3:25 pm

      Agree completely. Not to mention the fact that the 13 story (senior home?) building which is located off broad on 15th and Fitzwater has been there since the 70’s.

      • August 14, 2015 at 11:12 am

        Just because something is there already that is a poor fit for the surrounding neighborhood doesnt mean that we should make another mistake like that again. There’s nothing wrong with a 5-story building in that location instead.

        • August 14, 2015 at 11:46 am

          What you really mean to say is that you live next door and your tomato garden will no longer receive direct sunlight for 8 hours a day. Too bad.
          It’s Broad Street, it zoned for that type of buildings, always has been. Your dream of living on a suburban landscape less that 8 blocks from City Hall is over.

    • August 14, 2015 at 11:13 am

      Broad St intersections adjacent to 2 and 3 story row homes? Really? I dont think you’d say that if you lived next door.

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