Articles by Vitali Ogorodnikov

1319-23 Schuylkill Avenue. Rendering credit: Berkshire Hathaway

Work Stalled at Three-Story Mixed-Use Building Proposed at 1319-23 Schuylkill Avenue in Grays Ferry, South Philadelphia

Philly YIMBY’s recent site visit has revealed an apparently complete work halt at the site of the three-story mixed-use building proposed at 1319-23 Schuylkill Avenue in the Forgotten Bottom section of Grays Ferry in South Philadelphia, near the Schuylkill River waterfront. The structure is planned to rise from a 1,124-square-foot ground footprint and contain 3,275 square feet of interior space, with 1,050 square feet of commercial space in the basement through the first floor and 1,130 and 1,120 square feet per unit for the two residential dwellings on the floors above. The building will be fully sprinkled and will feature a roof deck, which, given the structure’s relatively prominent height, promises to offer sweeping views of the Center City and University City skylines. Permits list Emerald Properties of Phi. [sic] as the owner, Kevin J. O’Neill as the design professional, and Cormac McAller as the contractor. The cost of construction is specified at $425,000.

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1537 South Bambrey Street. Photo by Jamie Meller. January 2022

Completion Nears at Single-Family Rowhouse at 1537 South Bambrey Street in Grays Ferry, South Philadelphia

Philly YIMBY’s recent site visit revealed that construction is wrapping up at a three-story single-family rowhouse at 1537 South Bambrey Street in Grays Ferry, South Philadelphia. The structure rises on the east side of the block between Dickinson and Tasker streets, spanning a footprint of 518 square feet. The structure’s prominence above its predominantly two-story neighbors means that its roof deck offers relatively open views of the skylines of Center City and University City. Permits list Standard Development LLC as the owner, Maher Abdelaal as the design professional, and Clifford Lasky of BFR Construction LLC as the contractor. The total construction cost is listed at $241,000, with $212 for general construction, $12,000 for plumbing work, $9,000 for mechanical work, and $8,000 for electrical work.

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214 Vine Street. Credit: Moto Designshop

Superstructure Rises for 29-unit Apartment Building at 214 Vine Street in Old City

In March of last year, YIMBY reported that permits were filed for a 29-unit apartment building at 214 Vine Street in Old City. Since that time, construction has made notable progress, as revealed in our recent site visit. Designed by Moto Designshop, the development unites four parcels at 214 through 220 Vine Street, spans a 5,403-square-foot ground footprint, and will hold 26,550 square feet of interior space, which translates into an average of just over 900 square feet per unit. Permits list Vine New Associates LLC as the owner and Spruce Builders LLC as the general contractor.

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Riverwalk at 60 North 23rd Street. Credit: PMC Property Group

YIMBY Looks at Recently Completed Riverwalk North at 60 North 23rd Street in Center City West

Riverwalk, also known as Riverwalk Philly, is a mixed-use development that rises at 60 North 23rd Street in Center City West (alternately Logan Square). Designed by Gensler and developed and built by the PMC Property Group, the project is situated by the Schuylkill River waterfront consists of two high-rises that will hold a total of 711 rental units. The 315-foot-tall, 28-story, 331-unit Riverwalk North is already open for residents, while the 362-foot-tall, 32-story, 380-unit south tower is still under construction. Today, Philadelphia YIMBY takes a look at the development’s amenities and residences.

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2149 Cross Street. Photo by Jamie Meller. January 2022

Six Residential Buildings Complete at 2141 through 2153 Cross Street in Point Breeze, South Philadelphia

As Philadelphia’s ongoing renaissance is generating new growth throughout centrally located neighborhoods, the development boom is spreading to adjacent communities that have long been neglected by real estate developers. A prime example of this phenomenon may be found at the 2100 block of Cross Street in the Point Breeze neighborhood in South Philadelphia. In the past few years, the narrow and seemingly nondescript street, with a roadway measuring just around 14 feet wide, has seen a major influx of new development, both in the form of ground-up construction and vertical additions to existing buildings. YIMBY’s recent site visit has revealed that, over the course of the past year or so, construction has been completed at a back-to-back series of structures spanning from 2141 through 2153 Cross Street, undertaken by two different sets of developers and contractors. The buildings offer a total of eight residential units as well as retail space.

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