New highrise apartment tower, Edgewater II, will add to skyline along the Parkway and the Schuylkill River trail

rendering of edgewater II from northAnother apartment tower is planned for Center City, this time on a site adjacent to the Vine Street Expressway and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.  The tower will be part of the large Edgewater apartment and townhouse complex at 23rd and Race Streets.  Edgewater was built on a former parking lot situated on the Schuylkill waterfront and adjacent to the Schuylkill River Park and trail (also known as Schuylkill Banks), circa 2005, by Realen Properties.  That development consists of 270 apartments in a 14-storey building covered in gray concrete panels and large windows, with circular balconies, and 20 rental brick townhouses, across a driveway from the highrise building and on 23rd Street.  A 675-car parking garage is imbetween the townhouses, partially hidden by them.  A small planted garden is at the end of the driveway in the middle of the complex, and the complex has a courtyard and a “bark park”, along the western side, by the railroad tracks.

This new tower, designed by Design Collective, will be built on a parking lot north of the parking garage, at 230 N. 23rd Street, next to the eastbound off-ramp from the Vine Street Expressway where it intersects with 23rd and Summer Streets.  Realen had always intended to build on this parking lot, but had waited until the time was right for more housing.  It will be called Edgewater II and will be 22 storeys, and 263 feet, tall and have 240 rental units and a total square footage of 300,000 square feet.  The outside will have prefabricated panels, mostly on the south side, to match the first highrise building, but will also have large glass windows, mostly on the north side, to match the glass towers of Center City when being viewed from the Parkway or the Expressway.  There will be several amenities on the first and second floors, including a clubroom; a gym; and bike storage, as well as, a pool.  The apartments will begin on the third floor.  The tower will be separated from the garage building by a courtyard, and the first floor will have large glass doors leading to the courtyard and large windows to see it, but there will not be access from 23rd Street, which will have a fence along the sidewalk and a gate only accessible for residences.  There will also be green rooves, as well as, a rain garden in the courtyard.  There will be no new parking, since the garage was designed to accommodate the parking demand from both towers and the townhouses.

This new tower is a nice shiny addition to the skyline along the Parkway and along Schuylkill Banks.  It may provide a niche for housing for those who want to live near both popular locations.  It will, also, provide views of the Center City, and University City, skylines on the south side and the Parkway, Art  Museum, and Schuylkill River on the north side.  It’s not the only construction occurring in the neighborhood, either.  There are several luxury townhouse developments being built on 21st and 22nd Streets.  There is a new apartment building being built at 1900 Arch Street, and a proposed office building on the northwest corner of the same intersection at 19th & Arch Streets.  And, there are potential building sites just down the street from Edgewater, at 23rd & Cherry Streets and 23rd & Arch Streets.  North of the Parkway is The Granary Apartments, under construction at 20th and Callowhill Streets.  So, this development is a nice addition to a popular and steadily developing neighborhood in Center City.  The tower was recently approved by the Planning Commission’s Civic Design Review subcommittee at their May 7 meeting.  The subcommittee had to consider allowing the tower to break the 125-foot height limit that was imposed several years ago in neighborhoods adjacent to the Parkway.  The height limit was a temporary measure to require developers to submit plans to city agencies and community groups, but for some reason is still in place despite the City’s new zoning code.  Since this development received strong support from the Logan Square Neighbors Association, then approval from the CDR subcommittee was swift.  The project will have to be approved by the Planning Commission and Zoning Board at a later date, but approval by those city agencies seems almost certain at this point.

If you are interested in buying or selling a home or investment property in this area of the city, or any other area, please contact me at gabriel.gottlieb@lnf.com or check out my Long & Foster agent portal, heremy Facebook real estate page, Gabriel G. Philly Realtor, or my twitter page, @GabrielGPhilaRE.  You can, also, check out our Long & Foster Philly Center City Office, here.  And, you can check out the Edgewater website, here, and the website of Realen Properties, here, as well as renderings and my pictures of the site and neighborhood, below.

Rendering of Edgewater II, from the north, as it will appear from the Vine Street Expressway

Rendering of Edgewater II, from the north, as it will appear from the Vine Street Expressway

Rendering of Edgewater II, from the south and Schuylkill Banks

Rendering of Edgewater II, from the south and Schuylkill Banks

Edgewater townhouses, at 23rd & Race Streets

Edgewater townhouses, at 23rd & Race Streets

Street signs at 23rd & Race Streets

Street signs at 23rd & Race Streets

Future site of Edgewater II, from 23rd Street

Future site of Edgewater II, from 23rd Street

Close up of the site of the future apartment tower and courtyard

Close up of the site of the future apartment tower and courtyard

The site from across the offramp to the Vine Street Expressway

The site from across the offramp to the Vine Street Expressway

First Edgewater highrise, from across the expressway ramp

First Edgewater highrise, from across the expressway ramp

Looking down Summer Street, from 23rd Street

Looking down Summer Street, from 23rd Street

23rd and Summer street signs

23rd and Summer street signs

Ramp from Vine Street Expressway, leads into 23rd and Summer Streets

Ramp from Vine Street Expressway, leads into 23rd and Summer Streets

Winter Street begins at end of ramp from Vine Street Expressway, parallel and close to Summer Street, towards the Ben Franklin Parkway

Winter Street begins at end of ramp from Vine Street Expressway, parallel and close to Summer Street, towards the Ben Franklin Parkway

CityView Condominiums, north of the Parkway, as seen from 23rd and Summer Streets

CityView Condominiums, north of the Parkway, as seen from 23rd and Summer Streets

Large Park Towne Place apartment complex, on the other side of the Expressway, and along the Parkway

Large Park Towne Place apartment complex, on the other side of the Expressway, and along the Parkway

Expressway traffic

Expressway traffic

Looking south down 23rd Street

Looking south down 23rd Street

Looking south down 23rd Street, from Race Street, shows PECO Building and 2200 Arch Lofts

Looking south down 23rd Street, from Race Street, shows PECO Building and 2200 Arch Lofts

Parking lot at 23rd and Cherry Streets could be developed someday

Parking lot at 23rd and Cherry Streets could be developed someday

Large parking lot at 23rd and Arch Streets could also be developed someday

Large parking lot at 23rd and Arch Streets could also be developed someday

Looking east on Arch Street, from 23rd Street, shows Comcast Center and Three Logan Place, and soon, 1900 Arch

Looking east on Arch Street, from 23rd Street, shows Comcast Center and Three Logan Place, and soon, 1900 Arch

Looking west on Race Street, from 23rd Street, towards Schuylkill River Park and Schuylkill Banks trail

Looking west on Race Street, from 23rd Street, towards Schuylkill River Park and Schuylkill Banks trail

Driveway leading into Edgewater, from Race Street

Driveway leading into Edgewater, from Race Street

East facade of Edgewater tower, overlooking driveway

East facade of Edgewater tower, overlooking driveway

Townhouses along driveway, off of Race Street

Townhouses along driveway, off of Race Street

End of the driveway, in front of the entrance to the highrise

End of the driveway, in front of the entrance to the highrise

Site of Edgewater II, seen from the inside driveway

Site of Edgewater II, seen from the inside driveway

Looking back at Edgewater highrise, from inside driveway

Looking back at Edgewater highrise, from inside driveway

Western facade of the highrise, facing the Schuylkill River and Schuylkill Banks

Western facade of the highrise, facing the Schuylkill River and Schuylkill Banks

Courtyard along the railroad tracks, on the west side of the highrise

Courtyard along the railroad tracks, on the west side of the highrise

"Bark Park" north of the highrise

“Bark Park” north of the highrise

Looking south down the Schuylkill River trail (Schuylkill Banks)

Looking south down the Schuylkill River trail (Schuylkill Banks)

Cira Centre, from Schuylkill Banks, at Race Street

Cira Centre, from Schuylkill Banks, at Race Street

Looking south down the Schuylkill and Schuylkill Banks, from in front of Edgewater

Looking south down the Schuylkill and Schuylkill Banks, from in front of Edgewater

View of University City, from Schuylkill Banks in front of where Edgewater II will be

View of University City, from Schuylkill Banks in front of where Edgewater II will be

Looking north up Schuylkill Banks and the trail, towards the Vine Street Expressway bridge and the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Looking north up Schuylkill Banks and the trail, towards the Vine Street Expressway bridge and the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Looking back towards where Edgewater II will be, behind the billboard

Looking back towards where Edgewater II will be, behind the billboard

Looking north on Schuylkill Banks, from north of the Vine Street Expressway

Looking north on Schuylkill Banks, from north of the Vine Street Expressway

Sign for the Parkway Museums District

Sign for the Parkway Museums District

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Looking down the Ben Franklin Parkway towards City Hall

Looking down the Ben Franklin Parkway towards City Hall

Paine's Park will be a new skate park, near Edgewater II, between Schuylkill Banks and the Parkway

Paine’s Park will be a new skate park, near Edgewater II, between Schuylkill Banks and the Parkway

Vine Street Expressway, seen from the 22nd Street overpass, facing west

Vine Street Expressway, seen from the 22nd Street overpass, facing west

Edgewater seen from the Drexel Park in West Philadelphia

Edgewater seen from the Drexel Park in West Philadelphia

Edgewater as seen amidst the skyline, along the Schuylkill River, from the Spring Garden Street Bridge

Edgewater as seen amidst the skyline, along the Schuylkill River, from the Spring Garden Street Bridge

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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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