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New renderings, details revealed for proposed River Walk towers

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The 28- and 32-story towers will head to the Civic Design Review next month

Two towers are in the works along the Schuylkill.
Renderings by Gensler

New renderings for the proposed River Walk mixed-use development on one of the last-remaining parcels on the Schuylkill River have been revealed ahead of next month’s Civic Design Review meeting.

In October, PMC Property and Gensler will present updated plans to build two skinny and glassy towers at 60 N. 23rd Street and 2301 JFK Boulevard. The former is a 28-story tower to the north and the latter is a 38-story tower to the south.

Plans for this project were officially announced in November 2016. The project can be built by-right and received a zoning extension approval earlier this year, with the goal of breaking ground by the summer. But because the application proposes more than 100,000 square feet of new construction and more than 100 residential units, it has to go through the Civic Design Review, which is a non-binding review process.

Here’s the breakdown for each tower:

60 N. 23rd Street

  • 28 stories, 315 feet tall
  • 291 residential units
  • 95 parking spaces
  • 72,987 square feet of ground-floor retail
  • Rooftop amenities including terraces, a pool, lounge, and fitness center.

Eventually, a residential bridge will connect the north tower with the 32-story tower to the south, passing over a walkway and two-way driveway between the two buildings.

2301 JFK Boulevard

  • 32 stories, 362 feet tall
  • 321 residential units
  • 97 parking spaces
  • 2,375 square feet of ground floor retail

When plans were first announced, details were slim on the project. But Gensler’s principal and design director David Epstein told Curbed Philly at the time that the mixed-use development would likely attract young professionals. Of the buildings, Epstein said the design would “make it feel different than a lot of these glassy buildings of today.”

The plans will be presented at the Civic Design Review meeting on October 5.

The view from the Schuylkill River Trail.
The view from 23rd and Arch.
View from 23rd and Cherry streets.
The view from JFK Boulevard toward 30th Street Station.