New apartment highrise on Chestnut Street will replace long blighted YWCA Annex building

rendering of 2021 chestnut st. apartmentsIt’s starting to sound like a broken record (if you remember what those are) but there is another highrise apartment building about to be built in the city, this time on Chestnut Street in Center City.  The new building will be at 2021 Chestnut Street.  What’s significant about this development is that it will replace a long vacant and horribly blighted building, that was the annex for the former YWCA building next door.  The annex building has an unusuable pool inside, among other things.  The former YWCA  building, itself, is now used by the Freire Charter School.  This new building will provide space for that school, as well as, rental apartments and retail along Chestnut Street.

The new highrise will be built by local developers Aquinas Realty Partners.  It will be 12 storeys and have 110 rental apartment units, mostly one-bedroom apartments.  There will be almost 5,000 square feet of retail space along busy Chestnut Street.  The building will have an internal side courtyard, for residents, and bicycle storage (among other sustainable features), but there will be no parking for cars since the building is located within walking distance of so many things.  There will, also, be space for the Freire Charter School in the basement of the building.  The facade of the building will be dominated by large windows, some in bay windows and the others behind Juliet balconies.

This will be a nice addition to the neighborhood.  It replaces an old eyesore on Chestnut Street with upscale apartments, new retail, and much-needed space for a popular school.  It is one of several new apartment buildings in the neighborhood, including Evo at Cira Centre South2116 Chestnut Street, 2040 Market Street, and the soon-to-be built 1919 Market Street.  It’s, also, one of several articles I have done and will be doing about new apartment highrises, which are really booming right now.  There is growing talk, as well, about new condos being built in Rittenhouse soon, since the market demand for condos has improved to pre-recession levels and the supply of newer condo units is low and prices are rising.  The owners of the large empty lot on Walnut Street, at Rittenhouse Square Park, are talking about finally building their large condo and hotel development soon, or selling the land to another developer who can.

If you are interested in buying or selling a home or investment property in the very popular and upscale Rittenhouse neighborhood or any other neighborhood, you can contact me at gabriel.gottlieb@lnf.com.  You can, also, go to my Long & Foster agent portal, heremy Facebook realtor page, Gabriel G. Philly Realtor, or my twitter page, @GabrielGPhilaRE.  You can, also, check out our Long & Foster Real Estate Philly Center City Office, here.  And, you can view Aquinas’s website, here, and check out my pictures of the site and neighborhood, below.

Rendering of 2021 Chestnut Street apartments

Rendering of 2021 Chestnut Street apartments

Elevation rendering of 2021 Chestnut Street apartments

Elevation rendering of 2021 Chestnut Street apartments

The former YWCA building next door, now the Freire Charter School

The former YWCA building next door, now the Freire Charter School

Old, abandoned YWCA Annex to be demolished soon

Old, abandoned YWCA Annex to be demolished soon

Sign announcing 2021 Chestnut Street apartments on old YWCA Annex

Sign announcing 2021 Chestnut Street apartments on old YWCA Annex

Looking east on Chestnut Street, from 2021 Chestnut Street, towards Liberty Place

Looking east on Chestnut Street, from 2021 Chestnut Street, towards Liberty Place

Looking west on Chestnut Street, towards 2116 Chestnut Street and Riverwest Condos

Looking west on Chestnut Street, towards 2116 Chestnut Street and Riverwest Condos

Looking east down Chestnut Street, towards Two Liberty Place

Looking east down Chestnut Street, towards Two Liberty Place

The 2000 block of Chestnut Street

The 2000 block of Chestnut Street

2116 Chestnut Street apartment tower, just west of 2021 Chestnut Street in the foreground

2116 Chestnut Street apartment tower, just west of 2021 Chestnut Street in the foreground

Front of Riverwest condos, and Condo Shop office, one block west of 2021 Chestnut Street

Front of Riverwest condos, and Condo Shop office, one block west of 2021 Chestnut Street

My Condo Shop office, at the Riverwest Condos at 2101 Chestnut Street, one block west of 2021 Chestnut Street

My Condo Shop office, at the Riverwest Condos at 2101 Chestnut Street, one block west of 2021 Chestnut Street

Looking south down 21st Street, from 2040 Market Street apartments, at Riverwest Condos

Looking south down 21st Street, from 2040 Market Street apartments, at Riverwest Condos

Rendering of 1919 Market Street apartment tower, which will be around the corner from 2021 Chestnut Street, at 20th & Market Streets

Rendering of 1919 Market Street apartment tower, which will be around the corner from 2021 Chestnut Street, at 20th & Market Streets

Rendering of The Grove at Cira Centre South apartments, under construction a few blocks west of 2021 Chestnut Street

Rendering of The Grove at Cira Centre South apartments, under construction a few blocks west of 2021 Chestnut Street

About gabrielcgottlieb

I am a real estate agent at Long & Foster Real Estate Center City and someone who likes to write about development and urban planning in the City of Philadelphia. Contact me at Gabriel.gottlieb@LNF.com if you are interested in buying or selling a home or investment property in Philadelphia.
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