A recent site visit by Philadelphia YIMBY has revealed that construction is underway at Vine Street Apartments, a 120-unit residential development at 1201-09 Vine Street in Callowhill in Lower North Philadelphia. Designed by Cadre Design, the development will involve of the renovation and a two-story vertical extension of the six-story prewar Jarvis Building at 1209 Vine Street, as well as the addition of a ground-up, eight-story extension at the northwest corner of Vine Street and North 12th Street. The development team consists of Meritis Group as the owner, Equinox Management as the contractor, Cornerstone Consulting as the engineer, Macintosh Engineering as the structural engineer, and GNP Design Group as the MEP engineer.
Our visit has shown that a vertical extension is currently underway at the prewar Jarvis Building, while the adjoining plot at the corner has been cleared for the construction of the new addition.
The development will include commercial space and an automated parking garage for 36 vehicles. The project faces the sunken Vine Street Expressway, which separates North Philadelphia from Callowhill in Center City, and sits a block west of Rail Park, an elevated green space modeled on the High Line in New York City.
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Cookie cutter apartments that will turn over every year. That’s no way to build a neighborhood.
Much better than a vacant building and a surface parking lot. What would be a better way to build a neighborhood here?