2116 Chestnut’s Open House Proceeds Without Incident

Prospective renters, interested stakeholders and impoverished journalists gathered for the evening.

The view from 2116 Chestnut looking south

The view from 2116 Chestnut looking south

On Thursday, 2116 Chestnut, the good-looking apartment tower on 21st and Chestnut, hosted an open house with hors d’oeuvres and drinks and a DJ. The event was hosted on the building’s “amenity floor,” which has a fitness center, entertainment center (a dark room with comfy chairs and a huge TV that tenants can sign up to use), and roof deck with greenery and a hot tub, among other things. The catering was provided by Fooda, the Chicago-based company that arrived in Philly just a couple months ago. Tours of units were offered, and there was lots of schmoozing.

The units look small but solid — ideal for the young professionals the building owners hope to reach. There are excellent views in all directions through floor-to-ceiling glass, and, on the corners, small balconies. I snapped a few photographs from the balconies, including the above of South Philly.

Building management told us that the 341-unit building is 58 percent occupied and 86 percent pre-leased. When it comes to getting tenants, they feel they have a leg up over competitors like the still-under-construction Evo at Cira Centre South because they finished prior to the current residential construction boom.

The 34-story tower was developed by the John Buck Co. of Chicago and was financed by an electricians’ union-backed development fund and the state of Pennsylvania. It was designed by architects Hartshorne Plunkard of Chicago.