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Mapping the 30 high-rises under construction in Philly right now

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It seems like the Philly skyline changes almost daily, with plenty of cranes rising and towers topping out. This map may help wrap your head around the mind-boggling amount of construction that's taking place throughout the city—a majority of which qualifies as high-end construction.

Back in May 2016 when we first published this map, there were 29 high-rises. By August, the grand total rose 32. By February 2017, it went back down to 26. Now into the middle of the year, a good chunk of those towers have already debuted while another few have broken ground, putting the current number at 30. (More than a dozen of these are expected to debut this year.)

We should note that this map of 30 projects only includes high-rises that are currently under construction or undergoing extensive renovations. In Philly, a high rise means any building that is at least 75-feet tall. Or, in technical terms, has "an occupied floor located 75 feet or more above the lowest level of fire department vehicle access."

We'll keep adding projects to the map, so drop us a line at philly@curbed.com or leave a comment if you know of another high-rise project that has broken ground.

The following high-rises are listed in order of expected date of completion.

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1. Bridge

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205 Race St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Developed by Brown Hill Development and designed by Gluck+, this residential building is nearing completion after breaking ground in 2015. When all is said and done, it will be 51-feet tall on Race Street and 187-feet tall on 2nd Street. The 146 rental units (including some mixed-income units) have already started leasing and are close to move-in ready, and there will be 14,000 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor. You can peek inside some of the finished units here, or watch a time lapse video of the building on the rise here.

Expected completion: Summer 2017

Rendering by Gluck+

2. The Beacon

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1533 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Designed by DAS Architects and developed by Pearl Properties, the Beacon will be 110,000 square feet and 14 stories tall. Construction is nearly complete on the project, which tacked on an extra series of levels onto the existing structure with 98 apartments, a fitness center, a 1,500-square-foot roof deck, a movie room, catering kitchen, and game room.

Expected completion: Summer 2017

An aerial view of the Beacon in Philadelphia. There are a group of buildings and streets surrounding this building. Photo by Philly by Drone

3. Vue32

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3201 Race St
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Local developer Radnor Property Group broke ground last year on this $55 million project, Vue32, a 16-story residential tower in University City. Its first residents began moving into the 164 units on July 1. Designed by Erdy McHenry Architecture, the firm behind EVO at Cira Centre South and Edge at Avenue North, Vue32 is catered to the educators and medical professionals in University City. The second phase of this project will include 12 2-bedroom condos. Take a peek inside the finished apartments here.

Expected completion: August 2017

Rendering by Erdy McHenry Architecture

4. Aloft Hotel

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101 N Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

The 21-story historic Liberty Title and Trust Building just north of City Hall is being converted into an Aloft Hotel by Realen Properties and HRI Properties. It will include direct access to the Convention Center and feature 179 rooms.

Expected completion:August 31, 2017

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5. 1213 Walnut

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1213 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

This 26-story high-rise is going up on a former parking lot and just topped out at 285 feet at the beginning of 2017 and is expected to be move-in ready by August. It will include 322 rental units, 7,300 square feet of retail, and sky-high amenities. It's being developed by the Goldenberg Group and Hines. Take a peek inside some of the finished units here.

Expected completion:Fall 2017

Photo by Philly by Drone

6. Franklin Tower

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200 N 16th St
Philadelphia, PA 19102

PMC Property purchased 24-story One Franklin Plaza in 2015 for $43 million. Now renamed Franklin Tower, it's currently being converted into luxury apartments and high-end office space. The one-bedroom and two-bedroom units are pre-leasing and are expected to be move-in ready this summer.

Expected completion: Fall 2017

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7. The Ludlow at East Market

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Market St & N 11th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

The Ludlow, East Market's first residential high rise, topped off last fall at 17 stories. The 322 apartments are set to start pre-leasing this summer, according to the official website. The tower is part of the massive $600 million East Market mixed-use development by National Real Estate Development.

Expected completion:2017

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8. The Divine Lorraine

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699 N Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19123

Since breaking ground in September 2015, the iconic and historic Divine Lorraine is well on its way to completion. Residents began moving in on January 1, 2017—about 50 percent of the units have been leased—while the rest of the building including the main lobby is still undergoing renovations. The ground floor will feature two restaurants and retail, and the annex next door will be converted into another restaurant, speakeasy, and boutique hotel.

Expected completion: Summer 2017

The exterior of the Divine Lorraine Hotel in Philadelphia. The facade is brown brick and there is an arched entryway. Photos by Melissa Romero

9. The Curtis Center

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601 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

This historic 12-story building is in the middle of a $25 million renovation that will result in 50,000 square feet of retail, 700,000 square feet of office space, and 100,000 square feet of residential space. The apartments, called Lyndon at the Curtis, are expected to be move-in ready by September 2017.

Expected completion: Fall 2017

Courtesy of Keystone Property Group

10. 500 Walnut

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500 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Designed by Cecil Baker and developed by Tom Scannapieco, 500 Walnut is going to be a 26-story ultra-luxurious condo tower with views of Independence Hall. It topped off in March 2017, with two-thirds of the 38 units already sold. The penthouse sold in May for a record-breaking $17.85 million, and another unit is on the market for $6.9 million. We should see residents moving in by May or June.

Expected completion: Summer or fall of 2017

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11. The Alexander

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1601 Vine St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Right next door to the new Mormon Temple is the Robert A.M. Stern- and BLT Architect-designed residential tower, The Alexander, that's quickly rising. The 32-story tower topped off in January 2017 and will feature 258 apartments, 13 townhouses, and street-level retail.

Expected completion:Late 2017

Photo by Philly by Drone

12. Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott

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261 S 13th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

This old Parker-Spruce hotel is currently undergoing top-to-bottom renovations and will be converted into a Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott when all is said and done. According to the hotel's official website, the new-and-improved hotel is expected to open by the end of this year.

Expected completion: December 2017

Photo by Melissa Romero

13. The Atlantic

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1401 Spruce St
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Post Brothers bought this 21-story office building in 2014 and is currently turning it into a residential building with 160 rental units, 40 condos, and 13,000 square feet of retail with the help of Rafael Viñoly Architects. It was the former headquarters of the Atlantic Richfield Oil Company. It's taken some time to get this project off the ground, but Mike Pestronk of Post Brothers tells Curbed Philly that construction is underway and expected to finish up in 2018, rather than its previous "early 2017" date.

Expected completion: Fall 2018

Courtesy of Post Brothers

14. 3675 Market

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3675 Market St
Philadelphia, PA 19104

After getting the OK from the Civic Design Review in February 2016, this 14-story office tower broke ground in early January 2017. All 342,000 square feet of 3675 Market will serve as a retail, business, office, research, and development space. It will be the first new building at uCity Square.

Expected completion: Q1 2018

Rendering by ZGF Architects

15. Cambria Hotel & Suites

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225 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

This 14-story, 222-room hotel didn't wait long to begin construction in early June after its design proposal cleared the Civic Design Review on May 4, 2016. It topped off one year later. Designed by DAS Architects, the building will include a ground-floor restaurant, a 2,500-square-foot pool area, a 2,000-square-foot fitness center, and a large roof top lounge. The old parking garage on site has been demolished, and a crane has gone into the site.

Expected completion: Early 2018

Photo by Melissa Romero

16. 2110 Walnut

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2110 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Perhaps one of the shortest high-rises on this list, 2110 Walnut is a 46,000-square-foot project that will turn a four-story brownstone into a nine-story condo high-rise. It involves a Frank Furness-designed brownstone that dates back to 1869. An additional nine-story building is also under construction on the lot right next door.

Expected completion date: Early 2018

Rendering by Cecil Baker + Partners

17. W Hotel and Element by Westin

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1441 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19102

This big-time hotel project at 15th and Chesnut is still very much a construction zone, but when all is said and done it will house two hotels: W Hotel and the Element by Westin. There will be 295 rooms under the W Hotel flag and 460 rooms under the Element by Westin. If you walk by the site now, just a few floors are in plain view.

Expected completion:Spring 2018

Chestlen Development

18. 2400 Market

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2400 Market St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

The Marketplace Design Center is currently under construction for a massive overhaul that will become the new headquarters for Aramark (yes, the iconic blue whale mural is going away). The current structure will have 4-5 floors added on and 8,000 square feet of outdoor space.

Expected completion: Fall 2018

Rendering by Gensler

19. Lincoln Square

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1000 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19146

After the design proposal cleared the Civic Design Review in November 2016, construction crews quickly got to work over at the site of Lincoln Square, a 130-foot-tall mixed-use development that will include a historic train shed-turned-grocery store and more than 350 apartments. The $100 million project is being co-developed by MIS Capital and Alterra Property Group. The official groundbreaking is expected to take place in February 2017, but construction is already underway.

Expected completion: Late 2018

Rendering by BLT Architects

20. The Hamilton

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440 N 15th St
Philadelphia, PA 19130

This $130 million, two-phase, by-right project will bring a whopping 600 apartments to the Logan Square neighborhood. The first phase, which Radnor Property Group broke ground on in June, will include a 10-story building with 290 units. The second phase will add another 16-story tower to the site.

Expected 1st phase completion: Summer 2018

MY Architecture

21. 1199 Ludlow Street at East Market

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1199 Ludlow St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

The second, taller 20-story residential tower at East Market is the yet-to-be-named 1199 Ludlow Street. The steel frame is on its way up, and when all is said and done in 2018 it will feature 240 residential units geared toward young professionals and families, a massive Wawa, City Fitness, and Iron Hill Brewery.

Expected completion date: 2018

The exterior of 1199 Ludlow Street in Philadelphia. The facade is glass. BLT Architects

22. Comcast Technology Center

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1800 Arch St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

The second $1.5 billion Comcast tower has already staked its place in the Philly skyline. When it's completely built in 2018, the 60-story tower will be the tallest building in the city, serving as headquarters for Comcast employees, a Four Seasons Hotel, and three condo units—all owned by the company's CEO. Here are 20 construction photos to ogle over as you wait for the city's first supertall tower to finish up.

Expected completion: 2018

Photo by Philly by Drone

23. Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics

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133 S 36th St
Philadelphia, PA 19104

This Penn project broke ground in late 2015 and includes the rehabilitation of the existing West Philadelphia Title and Trust Company, as well as a glassy, 100,000-square-foot addition that will house the university's Political Science and Economics courses. In a statement, university architect David Hollenberg said, “This marriage of preservation, reuse and strong contemporary design within one project is exemplary of our broader approach to managing change across the entire campus.”

Expected Completion: 2018

The exterior of the Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics. The facade is glass. Rendering by KPMB Architects

24. Penn Medicine Center for Healthcare Technology

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3600 Civic Center Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19104

This multi-phase project will ultimately bring an 18-story tower to Penn's medical campus that will house offices, a daycare, the Investigative Drug Services Pharmacy, and more of the hospital's Bio Bank Freezer Farm. The first phase, which just broke ground in June 2017, will include the buildout of 10 stories. The second phase will bring the total to 18 stories and 540,000 square feet.

Expected 1st phase completion: 2018

25. Penn's New Patient Pavilion

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3203 Convention Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Penn technically hasn't broke ground yet on its New Patient Pavilion, but Penn Tower has been demolished from the site. Design plans—Foster+Partners is the architect—cleared the Civic Design Review in late 2016. The tower will include 500 patient rooms, an ER department, and a parking garage.

Expected completion: 2020

Rendering by Foster+Partners

26. 1324 N. Broad Street

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1324 N Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19121

After clearing the Civic Design Review process in November 2016, the one-story structure on this site has already been demolished to make way for a 17-story tower next to the Blue Horizon boxing venue on North Broad. Designed by Cecil Baker + Partners, the 197,946-square-foot project is set to feature 180 units from the third to 17th floor; 13 parking spaces; and more than 70 bike spaces.

Expected completion: TBD

Cecil Baker + Partners

27. The Hale Building

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1326 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

The Hale Building, designed by local architect Willis G. Hale in 1887, was once described as a monstrosity on Chestnut Street. Sitting vacant for years, with previous plans to turn it into a hotel, it was finally bought by developers Brickstone Co. in September 2015 for $4.7 million. Brickstone plans to restore the masonry, brick, and iron detailing, as well as add a roof deck, totaling $20 million. While there is some scaffolding around the building, it's been pretty quiet over at 1326 Chestnut, despite the original completion date of December 2016.

Expected completion: TBD

JKRP Architects

28. The Beury

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3700 N Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19140

After 40 years of abandonment, the return of the iconic Beury building on North Broad is imminent, with remediation work currently underway and construction expected to start at the end of 2017. The 14-story structure was designed by William Harold Lee and is considered an Art Deco masterpiece. Shift Capital’s plans to revive the building call for 62 one-bedroom units and commercial space built out during the first phase. The second phase includes the construction of an annex, which will add 10,000 square feet of retail, 100,000 square feet of commercial space, and up to 80 residential units.

Expected completion: Spring 2019

An aerial rendering of the Beury Building in Philadelphia. The facade is brick. Rendering by WRT

29. The Harper

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1910 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

The site of the now-demolished Boyd Theater, this 32-story tower will include 300 residential units, amenities on the top floor, and retail on the ground level. It took awhile for construction to start since the demolition of the historic theater, but as of June 2017 work has begun, with steel structures rising.

Expected completion: TBD

Cecil Baker

30. 1911 Walnut

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1911 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

After years of tweaks and community meetings, one of the last-remaining vacant lots in Rittenhouse Square will finally be developed. 1911 Walnut, developed by Southern Land Company and designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz Architecture, will be 47 stories tall with no more than 335 units, some of which will include mixed-income housing. Meanwhile, construction work is underway at the site, with the demolition of the Oliver H. Bair Funeral Home.

Expected completion: TBD

The exterior of 1911 Walnut Street in Philadelphia. The facade is glass with a white brick lower level. Rendering by Solomon Cordwell Buenz Architecture

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1. Bridge

205 Race St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Rendering by Gluck+

Developed by Brown Hill Development and designed by Gluck+, this residential building is nearing completion after breaking ground in 2015. When all is said and done, it will be 51-feet tall on Race Street and 187-feet tall on 2nd Street. The 146 rental units (including some mixed-income units) have already started leasing and are close to move-in ready, and there will be 14,000 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor. You can peek inside some of the finished units here, or watch a time lapse video of the building on the rise here.

Expected completion: Summer 2017

205 Race St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

2. The Beacon

1533 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19102
An aerial view of the Beacon in Philadelphia. There are a group of buildings and streets surrounding this building. Photo by Philly by Drone

Designed by DAS Architects and developed by Pearl Properties, the Beacon will be 110,000 square feet and 14 stories tall. Construction is nearly complete on the project, which tacked on an extra series of levels onto the existing structure with 98 apartments, a fitness center, a 1,500-square-foot roof deck, a movie room, catering kitchen, and game room.

Expected completion: Summer 2017

1533 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19102

3. Vue32

3201 Race St, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Rendering by Erdy McHenry Architecture

Local developer Radnor Property Group broke ground last year on this $55 million project, Vue32, a 16-story residential tower in University City. Its first residents began moving into the 164 units on July 1. Designed by Erdy McHenry Architecture, the firm behind EVO at Cira Centre South and Edge at Avenue North, Vue32 is catered to the educators and medical professionals in University City. The second phase of this project will include 12 2-bedroom condos. Take a peek inside the finished apartments here.

Expected completion: August 2017

3201 Race St
Philadelphia, PA 19104

4. Aloft Hotel

101 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Photo by Philly by Drone

The 21-story historic Liberty Title and Trust Building just north of City Hall is being converted into an Aloft Hotel by Realen Properties and HRI Properties. It will include direct access to the Convention Center and feature 179 rooms.

Expected completion:August 31, 2017

101 N Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

5. 1213 Walnut

1213 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Photo by Philly by Drone

This 26-story high-rise is going up on a former parking lot and just topped out at 285 feet at the beginning of 2017 and is expected to be move-in ready by August. It will include 322 rental units, 7,300 square feet of retail, and sky-high amenities. It's being developed by the Goldenberg Group and Hines. Take a peek inside some of the finished units here.

Expected completion:Fall 2017

1213 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

6. Franklin Tower

200 N 16th St, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Photo by Philly by Drone

PMC Property purchased 24-story One Franklin Plaza in 2015 for $43 million. Now renamed Franklin Tower, it's currently being converted into luxury apartments and high-end office space. The one-bedroom and two-bedroom units are pre-leasing and are expected to be move-in ready this summer.

Expected completion: Fall 2017

200 N 16th St
Philadelphia, PA 19102

7. The Ludlow at East Market

Market St & N 11th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Photo by Philly by Drone

The Ludlow, East Market's first residential high rise, topped off last fall at 17 stories. The 322 apartments are set to start pre-leasing this summer, according to the official website. The tower is part of the massive $600 million East Market mixed-use development by National Real Estate Development.

Expected completion:2017

Market St & N 11th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

8. The Divine Lorraine

699 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19123
The exterior of the Divine Lorraine Hotel in Philadelphia. The facade is brown brick and there is an arched entryway. Photos by Melissa Romero

Since breaking ground in September 2015, the iconic and historic Divine Lorraine is well on its way to completion. Residents began moving in on January 1, 2017—about 50 percent of the units have been leased—while the rest of the building including the main lobby is still undergoing renovations. The ground floor will feature two restaurants and retail, and the annex next door will be converted into another restaurant, speakeasy, and boutique hotel.

Expected completion: Summer 2017

699 N Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19123

9. The Curtis Center

601 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Courtesy of Keystone Property Group

This historic 12-story building is in the middle of a $25 million renovation that will result in 50,000 square feet of retail, 700,000 square feet of office space, and 100,000 square feet of residential space. The apartments, called Lyndon at the Curtis, are expected to be move-in ready by September 2017.

Expected completion: Fall 2017

601 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

10. 500 Walnut

500 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Photo by Philly by Drone

Designed by Cecil Baker and developed by Tom Scannapieco, 500 Walnut is going to be a 26-story ultra-luxurious condo tower with views of Independence Hall. It topped off in March 2017, with two-thirds of the 38 units already sold. The penthouse sold in May for a record-breaking $17.85 million, and another unit is on the market for $6.9 million. We should see residents moving in by May or June.

Expected completion: Summer or fall of 2017

500 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

11. The Alexander

1601 Vine St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Photo by Philly by Drone

Right next door to the new Mormon Temple is the Robert A.M. Stern- and BLT Architect-designed residential tower, The Alexander, that's quickly rising. The 32-story tower topped off in January 2017 and will feature 258 apartments, 13 townhouses, and street-level retail.

Expected completion:Late 2017

1601 Vine St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

12. Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott

261 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Photo by Melissa Romero

This old Parker-Spruce hotel is currently undergoing top-to-bottom renovations and will be converted into a Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott when all is said and done. According to the hotel's official website, the new-and-improved hotel is expected to open by the end of this year.

Expected completion: December 2017

261 S 13th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

13. The Atlantic

1401 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Courtesy of Post Brothers

Post Brothers bought this 21-story office building in 2014 and is currently turning it into a residential building with 160 rental units, 40 condos, and 13,000 square feet of retail with the help of Rafael Viñoly Architects. It was the former headquarters of the Atlantic Richfield Oil Company. It's taken some time to get this project off the ground, but Mike Pestronk of Post Brothers tells Curbed Philly that construction is underway and expected to finish up in 2018, rather than its previous "early 2017" date.

Expected completion: Fall 2018

1401 Spruce St
Philadelphia, PA 19102

14. 3675 Market

3675 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Rendering by ZGF Architects

After getting the OK from the Civic Design Review in February 2016, this 14-story office tower broke ground in early January 2017. All 342,000 square feet of 3675 Market will serve as a retail, business, office, research, and development space. It will be the first new building at uCity Square.

Expected completion: Q1 2018

3675 Market St
Philadelphia, PA 19104

15. Cambria Hotel & Suites

225 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19107