Articles by Vitali Ogorodnikov

1324 Frankford Avenue. Interior

Philadelphia YIMBY Reviews Various Residential Interiors

The goal of Philadelphia YIMBY is to address a wide range of urban development throughout the city, not only covering a variety of building forms and types, but also spanning different types of publications, which include building permits, construction updates, skyline renderings, an occasional historic feature, and more. While development news and construction updates remain as our primary focus, since the beginning of the year, we have increased the volume of articles that showcase building interiors, particularly residential, in order to give readers a better feel of what it would be like to actually reside in developments that we have previously generally covered only from the outside perspective. Below are a few examples from our “Interiors” category, introduced around the start of the year, which catalogs such articles.

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Rendering of the previous proposal at 1101-33 South 9th Street via SkyscraperPage

No Progress Yet at 1101-33 South 9th Street in the Italian Market, South Philadelphia

Our recent site visit has revealed that no construction progress has yet been made at the site of a seven-story, 157-unit mixed-use building at 1101-33 South 9th Street in the Italian Market, South Philadelphia. Designed by BLT Architects, the building will hold 204,351 square feet of space and is expected to cost $52 million to construct. The project will include accessory parking spaces as well as commercial space on the ground floor, likely on South 9th Street, which is a major commercial corridor. Hunter Roberts Holdings LLC is listed as the contractor.

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1227 South 4th Street. Photo by Jamie Meller. March 2022

Completion Nears at 1227 South 4th Street in Dickinson Narrows, South Philadelphia

Construction work is nearing completion at a three-story single-family rowhouse at 1227 South 4th Street in Dickinson Narrows, South Philadelphia. The structure is situated on the southeast corner of the intersection of 4th and Titan streets. Designed by Harman Deutsch Ohler Architecture, the building spans 3,902 square feet and features full sprinkling, a cellar, and a roof deck. Permits list Gerard W. Haley and Saxby J. Harley as the owners and David Schwartz Construction Inc. as the contractor.

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3.0 University Place at 4101-23 Market Street. Rendering credit: The Steward Partnership

University Place 3.0 Tops Out in University City, West Philadelphia

Philadelphia’s construction boom of new medical and life-sciences facilities continues unabated, and another milestone has been reached earlier this month. Last week, University Place 3.0, an eight-story commercial and laboratory building under construction at 4101 Market Street in University City, has officially been topped out in an event celebrated with a ceremonial beam-raising and a series of speeches by prominent figures behind the project. Designed by the Sheward Partnership and jointly developed by Silverstein Properties, Cantor Fitzgerald, and University Place Associates, University Place 3.0 will offer 250,000 square feet of state-of-the-art Class A office and lab space, which will provide a significant boost to West Philadelphia’s rapidly-growing medical services industry, as well as ground-level retail space that will liven up the pedestrian experience.

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539 West Berks Street via the development team

Philadelphia YIMBY Catalogs New Single-Family Developments

Following the logical descending order of Philadelphia YIMBY’s ongoing “category spotlight” series, which looks at some of the new article categories we introduced at the start of the year, the final category among the unit-count groups goes to new single-family houses. When possible, we tend to focus on larger development, yet to property reflect the reality of the city’s real estate market, on occasion we cover a few of the numerous single-family projects that are proposed, under construction, and recently completed around the city. In his brilliant 2019 book The North Atlantic Cities, author Charles Duff calls Philadelphia as the greatest rowhouse city in the United States, putting it ahead of behemoths such as New York, Boston, and Baltimore. As most of the newly-built single-family houses are of the rowhouse variety, this category highlights the city’s enduring centuries-old vernacular tradition even if much of this new construction is styled in a contemporary manner. Please see below for a few examples from our recent publications.

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