Box Factory Lofts at 31 East Columbia Avenue. Rendering credit: SITIO Architecture

Construction Underway at The Box Factory Lofts at 31 East Columbia Avenue in Fishtown

A recent site visit by Philadelphia YIMBY has revealed significant construction progress at an eight-story, 63-unit apartment building at 31 East Columbia Avenue in Fishtown, Kensington. Designed by SITIO Architecture + Urbanism, the building is an expansion for the existing Box Factory Lofts, a four-story prewar industrial building located at 21 East Columbia Avenue, which houses 20 rental units. The new building will add 67,342 square of feet of space to the development and will introduce a new shared lobby to be shared by the two structures, as well as a common residential courtyard. The new building will feature ground-level retail, elevator service, full sprinkling, covered parking for ten cars (including three car share and one accessible space) and 30 bicycles, and a roof deck. Permits list Equinox Management and Construction as the contractor and a construction cost of $13 million.

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101 East Collom Street. Photo by Jamie Meller. November 2022

Demolition Complete at 101 East Collom Street in Germantown, Northwest Philadelphia

Philly YIMBY’s recent site visit has confirmed the demolition of a vacant three-story prewar house at 101 East Collom Street in the Wister section of Germantown, Northwest Philadelphia. The freestanding structure sits on the west side of the block between Germantown Avenue and Wakefield Street, near the corner of East Collom and Wakefield streets. The demolition cost for the freestanding structure is $22,222, which includes cleaning and grading lots at 103 and 105 East Collom Street. Philadelphia Redevelopment is the listed owner and Pedro Palmer Construction Inc. is the contractor.

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2034 North Front Street. November 2022

Construction Underway at 2034 North Front Street in Kensington

Around the start of the year, permits were issued for the construction of a four-story, eight-unit mixed-use building at 2034 North Front Street in Kensington. At this time, nearly a year later, construction is well underway at the development, which replaces a vacant lot on the west side of the block between West Norris Street and Diamond Street, next to the Market-Frankford Line el. The structure will span 8,086 square feet, which translates to an average of around 1,000 square feet per apartment, and will feature 540 square feet of ground-level retail and a cellar. The roof deck will likely offer views of the skyline. Permits list the Estate of Anna Reinman as the owner, Christopher Carickhoff as the design professional, and V2 Properties Construction Management LLC as the contractor. Construction costs are specified at $1.38 million.

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3308 Fairmount Avenue. Building section. Credit: Haverford Square Designs via the City of Philadelphia

Permits Issued for 3308 Fairmount Avenue in Mantua, West Philadelphia

Permits have been issued for the construction of a six-story, twenty-unit apartment building at 3308 Fairmount Avenue (full address 3308-12 Fairmount Avenue) in MantuaWest Philadelphia. The development will rise on the south side of the block between Mantua Avenue and North 34th Street. Designed by Haverford Square Designs, the structure will span 15,124 square feet and will feature elevator service, roof decks, and parking for three cars and four bicycles. Permits list Haverford Sq GC as the general contractor.

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1700 North Front Street. Credit: NORR

Construction Still Pending at 1700 North Front Street in Fishtown

A recent site visit by Philly YIMBY has revealed that construction is still pending at a five-story, 204-unit development proposed at 1700 North Front Street in FishtownKensington. Designed by NORR, the 172,844-square-foot building will offer 123,218 square feet of residential space, which will be split between 28 studios, 141 one-bedroom units, 35 two-bedroom apartments, and a 5,264-square-foot amenity suite. The project will also feature 16,429 square feet of retail and parking for 70 bicycles.

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