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$300M Center City apartment building reaches construction milestone; Ground breaks on $80M Northern

A 27-story apartment building at 1620 Sansom St. in Philadelphia is on track to be completed in June 2024.

Several Philadelphia-area apartment buildings have made progress recently by reaching construction milestones.

From groundbreakings to openings, here’s a roundup of construction updates.

1620 Sansom St.

Nashville, Tennessee-based Southern Land Co. is on track to open its $300 million, 27-story building at 1620 Sansom St. in Philadelphia in June 2024. The frame of the 254-unit building is nearing completion as the ceremonial topping out is planned for this week.

Named Somi 1620, the building will have multiple lounges, a fitness center, an outdoor pool and entertainment spaces. It’ll also have 5,000 square feet of ground-floor restaurant space and 17,000 square feet of commercial space on the second floor.

An artist's rendering of 1620 Sansom St. in Philadelphia. The project includes 5,000 feet of ground-floor restaurant space and room for outdoor dining.


The Sansom Street project is located between 16th and 17th streets in the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood. The 1600 block of Sansom Street has been closed to vehicles for months and will remain closed until early next year.

The project’s architect is Solomon Cordwell Buenz and Hunter Roberts Construction Group is the general contractor.

Southern Land Co. also also developed the The Laurel nearby at 1911 Walnut St. and is building a 329-apartment building at 418 Spring Garden St. in Northern Liberties.

417 Callowhill St.

Pittsburgh-based Linden Street Investments has broken ground on a seven-story, 220-apartment building at 417 Callowhill St. on the northeast corner of North 5th and Callowhill streets in Northern Liberties.

A rendering shows a future building at 417 Callowhill St. This view is from the southwest looking toward the seven-story, 220-apartment building on the northeast corner of Callowhill and North 5th streets.

BERNARDON The $80 million project is planned to open in summer 2024 with studios and one- and two-bedroom apartments. About 120 of the units will be one bedrooms. Domus is the project’s construction company and Bernardon is the architect.

The property is just north of I-676 and in the middle of a development boom in Northern Liberties. A block north is The Carson, RREI LLC’s 12-story, 373-apartment building at 5th and Spring Garden streets, and Southern Land Co.’s 329-unit apartment building under construction at on the southeast corner of the same intersection. 5127 Duffield St.

VBC Giving Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Volumetric Building Cos., opened Veterans Village, a 47-unit development for housing-insecure veterans at 5127 Duffield St. in Philadelphia's Frankford neighborhood.

KEVIN PLYMETTE VBC Giving Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Volumetric Building Cos., has opened Veterans Village, a $6 million, 47-unit permanent housing development for housing-insecure veterans at 5127 Duffield St. in the Frankford neighborhood in Northeast Philadelphia.

The Joan & Bernard Spain Family Foundation provided the seed equity for the development, which is in a federal opportunity zone. Saint-Gobain, a manufacturer of construction materials and has its North American headquarters in Malvern, was another donor.

Philadelphia-based Volumetric Building Cos. uses modular construction to build multifamily housing. The company has grown rapidly in recent years and as of November was looking to raise $75 million.

517 N. Shipley St., Wilmington

Buccini/Pollin Group is opening Crosby Hill, a 203-unit apartment complex in downtown Wilmington at 517 N. Shipley St.


Wilmington developer Buccini/Pollin Group Inc. held a grand opening last week of Crosby Hill, a 203-unit apartment complex at 517 Shipley St. in downtown Wilmington.

The $62 million development features two four-story buildings and one 11-story building. It includes a courtyard, swimming pool, fireplace, barbecue grills, indoor lounges and an underground parking garage with 124 parking spots. The complex has studios, and one- and two-bedroom apartments and was erected on a site that was previously a parking lot.

Buccini/Pollin Group has developed more than 1,900 residential units in Wilmington. The company also recently bought One Tower Bridge, an office building in Conshohocken.

BPGS managed construction and Niles Bolton Associates designed the complex.

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