Articles by Vitali Ogorodnikov

1735 Seybert Street. Photo by Jamie Meller. December 2022

Site Still Sits Vacant at 1735 Seybert Street in Cecil B. Moore, North Philadelphia

As confirmed by YIMBY’s recent site visit, a cleared rowhouse site continues to sit vacant at 1735 Seybert Street in Cecil B. Moore, Lower North Philadelphia, after the demolition of a vacant two-story single-family rowhouse. An attractive wood plank fence encloses the vacant lot. The work was performed as part of the City of Philadelphia demolition program. Permits listed Francis Henriquez of FH Demolition as the contractor and a work cost of $13,995.

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1700 North Front Street. Credit: NORR

Site Prep Starts at 1700 North Front Street in Fishtown

After a yearlong-plus wait since the original reveal of the renderings, construction site preparation work has finally commenced for a five-story, 204-unit development proposed at 1700 North Front Street in Fishtown. Following a gradual arrival of construction equipment onto the site, excavators have recently begun to tear up the blacktop of the block-spanning parking lot that spans the large site bound by the elevated-train-capped Front Street to the east, Cecil B. Moore Avenue to the south, Hope Street to the west, and Palmer Street to the north. Designed by NORR, the 172,844-square-foot structure will hold 123,218 square feet of residential space and 16,429 square feet of retail. The residential component will consist of 28 studios, 141 one-bedroom units, 35 two-bedroom apartments, and a 5,264-square-foot amenity suite. The development will also feature 70 bicycle parking spaces.

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Rendering of 1120 Frankford Avenue. Credit: BLT Architects.

Permits Issued for The Frankford at 1120 Frankford Avenue in Fishtown

Permits have been issued for the construction of The Frankford, a six-story, 107-unit mixed-use residential and retail development planned at 1120 Frankford Avenue (alternately 1120-36 Frankford Avenue Parcel H) in Fishtown. The project spans a through-block lot between Frankford Avenue and Dunton Street, half a block south of Girard Avenue. Designed by BLT Architects, the building will hold 87,200 square feet, of which around more than 10,000 square feet will account for retail on the two lower floors. Permits list US Construction as the contractor and specify a construction cost of $15 million.

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1500 Germantown Avenue. Photo by Jamie Meller. December 2022

Construction Tops Out at 1500 Germantown Avenue in Olde Kensington

A recent site visit by Philadelphia YIMBY has noted considerable construction progress at a three-story mixed-use development underway at 1500 Germantown Avenue in Olde Kensington. The structure rises from a formerly vacant, wedge-shaped property at the northwest cornet of Germantown Avenue and Jefferson Street. Designed by Cheryl Poulos Architect, the building will span 5,359 square feet, which will include over 1,000 square feet of ground-level commercial space, a cellar, and a roof deck. Permits list Philly Parking Solutions as the contractor and indicate a construction cost of $400,000.

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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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