Morning Headlines: Will Old City Finally Get Its Skyscraper?

205 Race Street, previously NIMBYfied out of existence, may see daylight after all.

Rendering of 205 Race Street Photo credit:

Rendering of 205 Race Street
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First, the Old City Civic Association was less than happy about its height. Then, complicated zoning matters stalled progress, topped off with Keystone Outdoor Advertising getting miffed because the building would block one of their billboards from view. So will this third attempt finally see a conclusion to the planned 205 Race development?

According to PlanPhilly’s Jared Brey, the Historical Commission’s architecture committee will review the latest plans for Brown Hill Development’s mixed-use project this Tuesday.

Plans include “148 rental units, 28 parking spaces, 51 bike parking spaces, and more than 14,000 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor.” Additionally, architect Peter Gluck had addressed KOA’s cries by adjusting the building’s design to keep the billboard in view (it’s even featured in the newest renderings).

And that’s not all:

The developers plan to claim a bonus for mixed-income housing, so some of the units will be affordable to individuals making 80 percent of Area Median Income. (An individual meeting this affordability criteria would make around $44,000 a year.)

The building, which would be 51 feet tall on Race and 197 feet on 2nd, will have glass storefront commercial space as well as studios and one- and two-bedroom units.

Brown Hill has already applied for a building permit.

Developers take another crack at 205 Race Street [PlanPhilly]

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