A recent site visit by Philly YIMBY shows that construction work is nearly complete at a four-story two-family rowhouse at 1616 North Sydenham Street in Cecil B. Moore, North Philadelphia, near Temple University. The development replaces a prewar rowhouse on the block between West Oxford Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue. Designed by Richard Stange, the building spans 5,023 square feet. Permits list Todd Joseph Properties as the contractor.
The total construction cost is listed at $173,000, of which $142,500 is allocated toward general construction, $15,000 to mechanical work, $8,000 for electrical work, and $7,500 for plumbing.
The building rises on a block that saw dramatic redevelopment over the course of the past decade, similar to numerous other blocks in the vicinity of Temple University, particularly in the Cecil B. Moore neighborhood to the southwest of the campus. The new development replaces a three-story prewar rowhouse that lost much of its appeal and historic integrity when its brick facade was painted white, although stripping the exterior of the paint and bringing it to its original condition would have made the structure, styled in classic North Philly manner, a perfect preservation and renovation candidate.
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It’s such a damn shame that those electric meters have to be smack dab on the front of the houses!!
Also interesting that a supercomputer is the size of a grain of rice but electric meters and traffic signal boxes seem to be getting bigger and bigger. There is a design solution to the facade meter scourge, nobody cares enough the find it.
the crazy thing is the electiral meters on the older south philly houses are in the back of the house and not the street facing façade. Guess the city got cheaper building infrastrucutre.
People used to not be caught dead without a suit jacket and hat in public, now people wear slippers and pajamas in walmart. See where I’m going with this?