Proposed Philly Mega-Skyscraper Rivals US' Best

1,500-ft. tower would top Sears; Chicago, New York plan taller

By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 20, 2008 4:15 PM CDT

(Newser) – Philadelphia took a step toward entering America's mega-skyscraper club today, the Daily News reports, with a city councilman introducing zoning legislation for a building that, at 1,500 feet, would eclipse Chicago's Sears Tower. Plenty of bureaucratic hurdles remain for the proposed American Commerce Center, including retooling the city's planning commission. 

"This could be a wonderful opportunity … for what could be one of the most incredible buildings built not just in Philadelphia but anywhere in the country," Mayor Michael Nutter said. Though the building would beat the Sears Tower by some 50 feet, a 2,000-foot skyscraper is under construction in Chicago, and a 1,776-foot structure has been proposed for the World Trade Center site in New York, Wikipedia notes.

The Comcast Center skyscraper, center, stands above other buildings in Philadelphia in this Oct. 10, 2007 file photo.
The Comcast Center skyscraper, center, stands above other buildings in Philadelphia in this Oct. 10, 2007 file photo.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, file)
Before a topping off ceremony, workers are lowered to the ground in a basket from the upper reaches of the Comcast Center in Philadelphia, Monday, June 18, 2007.
Before a topping off ceremony, workers are lowered to the ground in a basket from the upper reaches of the Comcast Center in Philadelphia, Monday, June 18, 2007.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Michael Nutter celebrates after winning the election for mayor of Philadelphia, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2007 in Philadelphia.
Michael Nutter celebrates after winning the election for mayor of Philadelphia, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2007 in Philadelphia.   (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy)
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter delivers his budget address to city council at City Hall in Philadelphia in this Feb. 14, 2008 file photo.
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter delivers his budget address to city council at City Hall in Philadelphia in this Feb. 14, 2008 file photo.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
Philadelphia's skyline could get a huge new addition, with a bill introduced today that would allow a skyscraper taller than the Sears Tower to be built in the city center.
Philadelphia's skyline could get a huge new addition, with a bill introduced today that would allow a skyscraper taller than the Sears Tower to be built in the city center.   (AP Photo)
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