Developer Ensemble Real Estate has amended its original plan for Marina View Towers - a residential project at 230 N. Columbus Avenue, near the Benjamin Franklin Bridge – by adding more units, increasing the ground-floor retail space and slightly reducing the amount of parking.
The Philadelphia City Planning Commission approved the original plan of development in June, and Tuesday gave the nod to the amended version, following staff's recommendation.
There have also been some small massing and color changes to the facade of the building, but the footprint remains the same, as does the height of 130 feet at the tallest point.
The number of apartments has grown from 180 to 296. Ensemble is adding more studio apartments based on market research, said
Additional market research showed greater demand for studio units, said architect Eric M. Rahe of BLT Architects. The total number of units has jumped from from 180 to 206.
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