A recent site visit by Philadelphia YIMBY has noted significant construction progress at a five-story, 40-unit mixed-use building at 4415 Chestnut Street in Spruce Hill, West Philadelphia. Designed by Wulff Architects and developed by Orens Brothers Real Estate, the building will include retail space as well as features such as elevator service, a green roof, full sprinkling, and 14 bicycle spaces. Permits list Orens Development Inc. as the owner and Orens Brothers Inc. as the general contractor. Construction is expected to cost $5.5 million. The structure will be a part of a two-building complex that extends through the block to Ludlow Street to the north, which will total 70 units.
The building will stand on the north side of Chestnut Street on the block between North 44th Street and North 45th Street and will replace a low-rise commercial structure currently used as a gym. The building dates to the prewar period and features a few notable details, such as a curved parapet with a blue-tiled lozenge as its centerpiece. However, the structure has been extensively renovated over the years and currently holds negligible architectural value, so its demolition will not adversely affect the surrounding area.
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What is the status of the 30-unit Ludlow Street building?
According to Google Maps aerial view the two-building complex is being built simultaneously (i.e., the 30-unit Ludlow St. and the 40-unit Chestnut St. structures are going up together).