Design for 1601 Vine Street in Philadelphia UnveiledFebruary 12, 2014
Today Philadelphia’s Mayor Michael A. Nutter unveiled RAMSA’s design for 1601 Vine Street. The development, located on an existing parking lot immediately north of Vine Street at 16th Street, consists of two projects: a meetinghouse for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and a new rental residential tower for PRI/Property Reserve, Inc.
Development of this block will fill in an important gap in the urban fabric of Philadelphia, strengthening the north-south 16th Street corridor that connects Center City and North Philadelphia, and the east-west axis of Vine Street between the Broad Street corridor and the Art Museum district. 1601 Vine Street will extend to the east the street wall of Logan Square established by the Free Library, the Family Court Building, and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Temple, which is currently under construction.
On the east side of the block, a 32-story, 483,000-square-foot brick and masonry residential tower will offer 258 rental apartments and 13 three-story townhouses. To the west, a 24,000-square-foot meetinghouse will host a Family History Center and other programs for Church members and members of the community in general. Shops will enhance the pedestrian character of 16th Street. A new tree-lined privately-owned public street will connect Vine Street to Wood Street. The residential building and the meetinghouse will be tied together by their common inspiration in Philadelphia's strong tradition of brick-and-masonry Georgian and Federal architecture.
“This apartment tower project reflects our confidence in both this City's increasingly attractive market opportunity and its leadership at various levels,” said Tom King, a Director of Property Reserve Inc., a real estate investment affiliate of the LDS Church. “The tower will be perfectly situated to meet the expanding rental and retail opportunity in this beautiful area of Center City. And City leaders and agencies have been most responsive and sophisticated in properly supporting this investment.”
“The Church's ecclesiastical commitment to the City of Philadelphia continues as well,” said Michael Marcheschi, of the LDS Church's Special Projects Department. “The Church will separately construct a meetinghouse across 17th St. from our Temple now under construction. This meetinghouse will be open to the entire community and will serve as a place of gathering, recreation and worship.”
RAMSA Partners Robert A.M. Stern, Paul Whalen, and Sargent C. Gardiner are leading the design effort. BLT Architects of Philadelphia serves as Associate Architect.
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