Morning Headlines: Ultra-Luxury High-Rise Tower Designed By Cecil Baker

Screenshot of 5th and  Walnut corner via Google Street View

Screenshot of 5th and Walnut corner via Google Street View

If the road to acquiring all the necessary approvals goes smoothly, Tom Scannapieco’s plans for a $150 million residential tower near Independence Hall could begin construction in spring 2015. The 26-story high-rise would include 40 condo units with two penthouses, each of them two stories. Availability is projected for March 2017.

Scannapieco, who developed the condos at 1706 Rittenhouse Square, has hired architect Cecil Baker to design what is being called the “glass needle” tower. However, given the building’s proximity to historical landmarks, certain design requirements must be considered. The Inquirer’s Al Heavens writes, “As a result, the building is designed not to interfere with ‘an onlooker’s view from the Liberty Bell to Independence Hall,’ Scannapieco said.”

Rendering below…

500 walnut street

Rendering of Cecil Baker design for 500 Walnut Street.

The building’s Fifth and Walnut location would be at the site of an 18,155-square-foot space that has been vacant for the past 10 years.

Scannapieco will buy the property for $8.5 million from Five Hundred Walnut Associates, a Joe Zuritsky company. The deal should go through in a couple months.

New luxury high-rise planned for historic area [Inquirer]

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