“Fergie’s Tower” Update: Groundbreaking Slated for Next Week at Walnut Street Lot

The project at 1213 Walnut Street will include over 300 rental units and retail space. It will also surround Fergie's Pub.

Fergie Tower 1213-1219 Walnut Street

1213-1219 Walnut Street | Photo: James Jennings

long-planned high-rise project is about to start in earnest at a large surface parking at near 12th and Walnut, the site of the so-called “Fergie’s Tower.”

The Goldenberg Group and Hines, developers of the 26-story high-rise, announced that they will officially break ground on the project on Tuesday, December 8 at the site, where initial construction preparations are already underway.

It’s been unofficially dubbed “Fergie’s Tower” for some time now, as the parking lot stretches back to Sansom Street and the development will surround Fergie’s Pub, which is located mid-lot at 1214 Sansom Street, on three sides. In October, Fergus Carey, the pub’s owner, told us that they weren’t going anywhere, “Fergie’s Pub is not moving, changing or being combined with the tower.”

Final designs for 1213 Walnut Street have yet to be released, and a spokesperson for The Goldenberg Group said they would be unveiled at the groundbreaking ceremony. According to Carey, the sides fronting Sansom Street would be the same height as the three-story pub. Hunter Roberts and Design Collective Inc., an architecture firm out of Baltimore, are listed as the contractors on the construction permit, which also states the building will be constructed of “a glazed curtain system exterior.” So expect something glassy.

The project will consist of 322 rental units and 7,300-square-feet of retail. It’s expected to be completed in late 2017, according to a clip from Center City District.