PMC Property Group presented their most recent plans for the One Water Street project yesterday to the members of the Civic Design Review committee (CDR). The 250 unit apartment complex situated along the Ben Franklin Bridge at Columbus Boulevard and Vine Street is hailed as "the first major by-right project to be proposed while the [Central Delaware Zoning] overlay is in place." It wasn't all smooth sailing, however, the committee did have some suggestions for the developers to take into consideration before they present the project again. Finally, a development along the Delaware River waterfront that isn't stirring up tons of controversy. As for the suggestions, they mainly focus on the two public green spaces are included in the plans. They make up roughly 20% of the site and the folks at the CDR wants to know how exactly these two large spaces, which developers added in exchange for height bonuses in order to build up to 170 feet, will interact with the neighboring area. The last two suggestions call for high-quality materials and more sustainable elements in order to gain higher LEED certification which, as PlanPhilly notes, currently sits at base level.
Other positives include a less parking centric design (250 apartments/73 spaces) and an affordable housing element, which will set aside 25 apartments for lower-income residents.
·Design committee has praise, questions for One Water Street Proposal [PlanPhilly]
·250 apartments planned for site near Ben Franklin Bridge [PlanPhilly]