Monday, October 17, 2005

Son of Dockside

The gargantuan ocean liner known as Dockside Apartments has been berthed on the Delaware waterfront south of Penn's Landing since 2002. Now it looks like Dockside will spawn an identical twin. Peter DePaul, the developer responsible for the original 16-story rental building, plans to build a condo version on the next finger pier to the north. Same architects (yuck!), same design (double yuck!).

DePaul claims to have the zoning permits all wrapped up, but he has nevertheless agreed to meet with Queen Village residents to discuss the 200-unit-plus project. The meeting, sponsored by the Queen Village Neighborhood Association, will take place Tuesday, Oct. 18, at the Weccacoe playground building in the park bounded by 4th, 5th, Queen, and Catherine Streets. Start time is 7:30 p.m.

If it's true that DePaul does have a green light from the Zoning Board of Adjustment, there is probably precious little that Queen Village residents can do to improve the ocean liner design by Bower Lewis Thrower Architecture. Still, it's hard to believe that luxury condo buyers will flock to a building where the lobby is shoe-horned inside a garage, and where the facade is slathered in cheap stucco. You would think that, if the city were really interested in laying the groundwork for a successful residential waterfront neighborhood, it would do more to insure that the ground-floor of Dockside II included welcoming public space, rather than just some driveway ramps.


Blogger mark said...

Thats horrible news. I love symmetry, pairs can be very appealing with the right design but not in this case. Double the displeasure comes to mind.

When the first dockside was built, there really was not a whole lot happening on the condo tower market in Philadelphia. It wasn't great but at least it was something. However with todays sizzling market there is absolutely no reason we should be saddled with a second dockside. With all the amazing waterfront designs available today this is a tragedy.

I guess Depaul is looking at saving on new design and planning cost. Ugh, well on the bright side if The waterfront continues filling in with condos, these two buildings won't stand out quite as much.

8:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

First, you got it completely wrong. The second tower is proposed to be a slender 37 story building, also on a pier in the river.

Do you realize that before DePaul had the vision to build Dockside, nothing truly residential had been built on the Delaware in this century. Now, with a full plate of projects proposed, they deserve credit for being pioneers.

Have you ever been inside this building and seen the units, views or amenities? Most don't realize it, but these units are over the water. The views are unmatched.

25% sold in one month! Best sales center and models of any project in town. Experienced, top notch sales team, led by a veteran of two other condo conversions in the past three years.

Marina that's a disaster.

9:31 PM  

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