Real Estate

Over 2 Years & 1 Name Change Later, The Josephine Is Getting Ready For Her Debut At 1620 Sansom Street

The building will have 254 luxury apartments and will house NYC tapas export Boqueria.

You may not be able to judge a book by its cover, especially not an AI-written book, but you can judge a newly constructed high-rise building’s debut timing.

The Josephine, formerly Somi 1620, is the brand-new apartment building from The Laurel developer, Southern Land Companies. It will likely be the last high-rise building in the Rittenhouse neighborhood this year, as the new projects on Chestnut (CVS – 1800 block and Housing Authority – 2000 block) and Walnut Streets (Walnut Garden – 1700 block) have not begun.

Other deets that we know so far:

  • The 254 apartments include 17 penthouses, all billed as luxury rentals (so $$$)
  • The building is 26 stories tall, and apartments range from 600 square feet (a studio, maybe?!) to 2,784 square feet (definitely a penthouse).
  • There will be underground parking (fitting, as it was built on a parking garage site) with 55 spaces. Not sure if those will be just for the residents or for the public.
  • The ground floor will house the first Philly location for NYC’s Tapas restaurant, Boqueria.
  • The second floor has 17K square feet that they say can work for a restaurant or health and wellness facility.

Demolition began in the summer of 2021 and then construction steadily progressed. Click through the slideshow below to see developments from Jan 2022 up until now.

Leasing agents at The Laurel had mentioned that the showroom would open this spring, with move-ins potentially beginning in the summer, but we haven’t heard directly from the Josephine staff. Meanwhile, construction continues, and if their pattern from The Laurel holds true, work on the facade means they’re getting ready to remove the construction barriers soon. Fingers crossed!

And while move-ins haven’t begun, Philly residents have started decorating as you can from our recent photo below.

We’ll continue to post updates including — hopefully! — photos of the actual apartments.