Philadelphia’s ongoing construction surge is a major boon for the city, and occasional demolitions are needed for the city’s continued growth. However, some teardowns are rather unfortunate and unnecessary, to put it mildly, particularly when they take down a preservation-worthy edifice in apparently sound structural condition, or when the replacement offers no notable increase in scale, density, or functional use. The proposal at 2043 Fitzwater Street in Graduate Hospital, South Philadelphia, checks off on both of these concerns, where a finely ornamented, contextually appropriate, apparently well-maintained prewar townhouse is being demolished to make way for a four-story, three-unit building that will offer only a marginal boost both in scale and density.
Articles by Vitali Ogorodnikov
Construction is making steady progress at Matson Mill, a 280-unit multi-family development at 101 Washington Street in Conshohocken, PA, a town situated two miles to the northwest of the Philadelphia city line. A topping-out ceremony was held on June 29th, when an American flag was hoisted atop one of the gabled pinnacles at the five-story-tall, 426,000-square-foot structure. The project team includes Hord Coplan Macht as the architect; High Street Residential as the developer; IMC Construction as the construction manager; Structura, Inc. as the structural engineer; Bohler Engineering as the civil engineer; and Girard Engineering, PC as the MEP engineer.
A set of updated permits has been issued for a three-story, three-unit residential building proposed at 5617 Sansom Street in Cobbs Creek, West Philadelphia. Philly YIMBY reported the original permit filing in December 2020. The latest permits offer new details on the project, including a planned building footprint of 1,136 square feet, a total floor area of 2,561 square feet, and a construction cost of $107,175. The structure will be fully sprinkled. Stephen Sanders is the listed owner, with Scott Woodruff specified as the architect and AIMES LLC as the contractor.
Permits have been issued for the construction of a three-story, three-unit residential building at 3913 Fairmount Avenue in Mantua, West Philadelphia. The structure will replace a vacant site on the north side of the block between North 39th Street and Union Street. The building will rise from a 1,440-square-foot footprint and will feature 3,700 square feet of floor space and full sprinkling. Permits list Kibbutz 4 LLC as the owner, Ray Crossan as the design professional, and Crownstone Real Estate LLC as the contractor. Construction costs are estimated at $205,000.
Over the course of the past year, Philadelphia YIMBY has provided continuous updates on East Market Phase 3 at 1101-53 Chestnut Street, the latest addition to the East Market development that has transformed the Market East neighborhood in Center City over the past few years. But even as construction work kicked into high gear, plans for the development continued to evolve. Earlier this year, we published an extensive review of the development’s original iteration. Developed by National Real Estate Development, it consisted of the 364-foot-tall Jefferson Health Specialty Care Pavilion at 1101 Chestnut Street, and a smaller, 288-foot-tall residential tower planned to the west. Today we look at the plan’s latest version, which updates the design for the medical tower and puts the residential component on hold, replacing it with a public plaza for the time being.