Articles by Vitali Ogorodnikov

Two Cathedral Square at 227 North 18th Street. Credit: Solomon Cordwell Buenz

Philly YIMBY Looks at Two Cathedral Square, 470-Foot-Tall Office and Residential Tower Planned at 227 North 18th Street in Logan Square, Center City

Updated plans have recently been released for Two Cathedral Square, a 470-foot-tall, 34-story mixed-use commercial and residential tower planned at 227 North 18th Street in Logan Square. Designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz and developed by EQT Exeter, with Studio Bryan Hanes handling landscape design, the 700,000-square-foot-plus building is the largest component of Cathedral Square, a redevelopment master plan for the block-sized archdiocesan campus centered on the iconic Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. Today YIMBY takes a closer look at the most recent iteration of Center City’s latest trophy tower.

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501 Spring Garden Street. Credit: BLT Architects

Site Prep Underway at 501 Spring Garden Street in Northern Liberties, North Philadelphia

Site preparation is underway for a 13-story, 382-unit mixed-use high-rise at 501 Spring Garden Street in Northern Liberties, North Philadelphia. During Philly YIMBY’s recent site visit, we observed that the single-story, suburban-style mall that previously stood at the site appears to have been entirely demolished. Designed by Bower Lewis Thrower Architects (aka BLT Architects) and developed by RREI LLC, the 153-foot-tall structure will offer 60,810 square feet of retail, providing a significant anchor for the long-desolate yet rapidly up-and-coming southern section of Northern Liberties. Due to construction fencing, it is unclear whether the excavators and other machinery and equipment spotted at the site were in the process of finishing the demolition, clearing the site, or actually starting excavation. In either case, it is evident that work is finally underway at the much-anticipated development.

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Ridge Pointe at 1810 Ridge Avenue. Credit: Omega Home Builders

Construction Finishes at Ridge Pointe, 25-Unit Rental Building at 1810 Ridge Avenue in Francisville, North Philadelphia

Construction has been completed at Ridge Pointe, a 25-unit rental residential building located at 1810 Ridge Avenue in Francisville, North Philadelphia. Built by Omega Home Builders, the building building stands five stories tall and features a 3,500-square-foot commercial space at the ground floor as well as a roof deck. YIMBY’s recent site visit looks at the finished structure.

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Rendering of 200 Spring Garden Street. Credit: Handel Architects.

Gym Still Open at 200 Spring Garden Street, Site of 355-Unit Tower Planned in Northern Liberties

Philly YIMBY’s recent site visit observed a complete absence of construction activity at 200 Spring Garden Street (also known as 200-24 Spring Garden Street), the site of a 13-story, 355-unit mixed-use tower planned in Northern Liberties, North Philadelphia, where a fitness center continues to operate. Designed by Handel Architects and developed by National Real Estate Development and the KRE Group, the new building will rise 177 feet to the top of the bulkhead (or 149 feet to the main roof) and offer nearly 298,668 square feet of residential space, 18,187 square feet of retail, an expansive roof deck, parking 106 cars and 116 bicycles, and a landscaped public promenade along the property’s west side.

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The Block at SoNo at 456 North 5th Street. Credit: ISA Architects

Construction Nears Finish at The Block at SoNo at 456 North 5th Street in Northern Liberties

Construction is rapidly approaching completion at The Block At SoNo, a 49-unit mixed-use rental development at 456 North 5th Street in Northern Liberties, North Philadelphia. Designed by ISA Architects and developed by Alliance HP and Callahan Ward, the project is situated half a block south of Spring Garden Street in Southern Northern Liberties (aka SoNo, hence the building name). The four-story building will feature three commercial spaces on the ground floor, 40 apartments, nine live-work units, a shared lounge, and both shared and private roof decks. A recent site visit by Philadelphia YIMBY revealed that the structure is very close to completion, with exterior work almost entirely finished and finishing touches in progress around the development.

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