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New apartment highrise on Chestnut Street will replace long blighted YWCA Annex building

This article originally appeared on Philadelphia Heights

It's starting to sound like a broken record (if you remember what those are) but there is another highrise apartment building about to be built in the city, this time on Chestnut Street in Center City. The new building will be at 2021 Chestnut Street. What's significant about this development is that it will replace a long vacant and horribly blighted building, that was the annex for the former YWCA building next door. The annex building has an unusuable pool inside, among other things. The former YWCA building, itself, is now used by the Freire Charter School. This new building will provide space for that school, as well as, rental apartments and retail along Chestnut Street.

The new highrise will be built by local developers Aquinas Realty Partners. It will be 12 storeys and have 110 rental apartment units, mostly one-bedroom apartments. There will be almost 5,000 square feet of retail space along busy Chestnut Street. The building will have an internal side courtyard, for residents, and bicycle storage (among other sustainable features), but there will be no parking for cars since the building is located within walking distance of so many things. There will, also, be space for the Freire Charter School in the basement of the building. The facade of the building will be dominated by large windows, some in bay windows and the others behind Juliet balconies.

This will be a nice addition to the neighborhood. It replaces an old eyesore on Chestnut Street with upscale apartments, new retail, and much-needed space for a popular school. It is one of several new apartment buildings in the neighborhood, including Evo at Cira Centre South, 2116 Chestnut Street, 2040 Market Street, and the soon-to-be built 1919 Market Street. It’s, also, one of several articles I have done and will be doing about new apartment highrises, which are really booming right now. There is growing talk, as well, about new condos being built in Rittenhouse soon, since the market demand for condos has improved to pre-recession levels and the supply of newer condo units is low and prices are rising. The owners of the large empty lot on Walnut Street, at Rittenhouse Square Park, are talking about finally building their large condo and hotel development soon, or selling the land to another developer who can.