Building Bump-Outs Will Bring Dining (and Possibly Retail) to Market Street West

Two office buildings could be spruced up with glassy additions.

1835 Market could get some new glassy storefronts. | Photo: James Jennings

1835 Market could get some new glassy storefronts. | Photo: James Jennings

It looks as though there’s a mini battle happening between Market Street East and Market Street West. Thanks to projects at The Gallery and East Market, you know all about Market East’s resurgence. Head west a few blocks, and there are potentially two additions to office buildings at 1700 and 1835 Market Street that could liven up the street scenes in the office district.

MSC Retail recently sent out some interesting information regarding both sites. 1700 Market Street, a 32-story Class A office tower anchored by Deloitte, would expand its footprint into the plaza that runs along 17th Street between Market and Ludlow. According to city records, the addition would have three restaurant spaces (one quick serve), office, retail and commercial uses. The three-story addition would be chockfull of windows, 20-foot high ceilings and a roof deck area for outdoor dining.

Michael Klein of The Inquirer reported that new structure would be designed by DAS Architects and house an upscale steakhouse called III Forks and Cantina Laredo, a Mexican restaurant with an outpost in King of Prussia. Honeygrow was apparently featured in one of the renderings, but owner Justin Rosenberg “said he knew nothing of the project,” according to Klein. The listing from MSC states the 22,000 square-feet “flagship restaurant” will be “coming fall 2016.”

1835 Market Street is another interesting scenario. The 29-story building was purchased in December for $100 million by a partnership between Nightingale Properties and Carlton Associates. Whereas 1700 Market Street–another Nightingale/Carlton property– would take over the plaza, 1835 could expand into the plaza that’s in the middle of the block and fill in the gaps caused by its entrance being set back from the street. Renderings, again designed by DAS Architects, show that space filled with glassy storefronts and even a “new construction retail plaza of 2,400 SF adjacent to the lobby,” according to the listing.

New building means new restaurants at 1700 Market [The Inquirer]
1700 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19103 [MSC Retail]
1835 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19103 [MSC Retail]