Earlier today, we got a tweet from Precision Realty Group which pointed us to the renderings you see below. Precision are the folks doing the leasing for 1900 Arch St., a project we last visited over the summer. At that time, steel was beginning to rise from the site, and in the intervening months several more stories have gone up. Once it’s finished, the building will rise fourteen stories and will include 234 luxury apartments, tons of retail square-footage, and a large outdoor seating area on 19th Street.
The outdoor space is probably the most interesting aspect of the building. It reminds us a little the courtyard at Commerce Square, which recently underwent a major renovation. We suspect that the space at 1900 Arch St. will not only be a gathering area for residents, but also for people working in buildings nearby.
We’re certainly grateful that PMC Property Group is building this thing and replacing the long-lingering surface parking lot that was here before. We are also, however, still pretty disappointed in the height of the building. So close to the city’s central business district, this is a location where height and density are extremely appropriate. We’d have really liked to see another ten stories here. Or more, even.