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River Walk update: City commission approves zoning extension

The two-tower mixed-use project on the Schuylkill clears its latest hurdle

It’s been some time since PMC Property Group announced its plans to build two mixed-use residential towers along the Schuylkill River. But about five months later, the project has cleared its latest hurdle: Extending a zoning permit that allows the developer to build the project by-right.

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission approved Tuesday a request to reinstate Bill No. 140439, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. The bill, which had since expired, allows the maximum height at the site of the project, 23rd and Cherry streets, to be 300 feet. It also allows for above-ground parking.

The project, designed by Gensler, calls for two thin, glassy towers on what is currently a parking lot. The two structures will be connected by a covered bridge and feature retail and a long list of amenities.

As recently as February, PMC presented its updated plans to the Logan Square Neighborhood Association. According to reported minutes, the community had some concerns about increased traffic along Cherry Street due to retail loading. There was also talk of including better pedestrian connections and increased community access, “perhaps culminating at a raised river over-look open to the public.”

With the city commission’s approval, the bill now goes to City Council for final approval. The original hope was for the project to break ground by late spring or summer.