Articles by Vitali Ogorodnikov

Station Square at 308-16 West Chelten Avenue. Credit: Tester Construction Group

Groundbreaking Ceremony Held at Station Square at 308-16 West Chelten Avenue in Germantown, Northwest Philadelphia

During Philadelphia’s period of rapid growth in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, much of the development in the city’s outer neighborhoods and in the suburbs was driven by the city’s expansive regional rail network. Today the trend is seeing a revival as a number of large developments are currently in progress near various regional rail station across the city and the metropolitan area. One among these is Station Square, a five-story, 49-unit mixed-use development underway at 308-16 West Chelten Avenue in Germantown, Northwest Philadelphia. The site sits across the street from the Chelten Avenue Station of the SEPTA Regional Rail. On July 21, 2021, developers Zatos Investments and R+M Development, as well as contractor Tester Construction Group LLC, celebrated the groundbreaking of the building, officially marking the start of construction.

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4021 Haverford Avenue. Looking northwest. Credit: Google Maps

Permits Issued for Seven-Unit Building at 4021 Haverford Avenue in Haverford North, West Philadelphia

Permits have been issued for the construction of a four-story, seven-unit multi-family building at 4021 Haverford Avenue in Haverford North, West Philadelphia. The development will replace a three-story rowhouse located on the north side of the block between North 40th Street and North Preston Street. The new building will span a ground footprint of 2,413 square feet and will offer 10,134 square feet of interior space, which translates into generously-sized apartments measuring well over 1,000 square feet each. The structure will also feature a basement and full sprinkling. Permits list Mustafa Sencan as the owner and American Reliable Tasks Contracting as the contractor. Construction costs are specified at $1,257,000.

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2431-33 North 7th Street. Looking southeast. Credit: Google Maps

Permits Issued for Eight-Unit Building at 2431-33 North 7th Street in North Philadelphia East

Permits have been issued for the construction of a three-story, eight-unit multi-family building at 2431-33 North 7th Street in North Philadelphia East, on a stretch of the street covered in a recent YIMBY feature. The building will replace a vacant site on the east side of the block between West York Street and West Cumberland Street. The structure will span a ground footprint of 5,209 square feet and will contain 10,000 square feet of interior space, translating to apartments averaging slightly over 1,000 square feet each. Permits list Cheryl L. Palina and Michael A. Palina as the owners and JPL Construction Inc. as the contractor (the latter is also listed for three of the four buildings covered in the feature story). Construction costs are specified at $1,257,000.

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890-92 North 42nd Street. Looking west. Credit: Google Maps

Permits Issued for Nine-Unit Building at 890-92 North 42nd Street in Belmont, West Philadelphia

Permits have been issued for the construction of a four-story, nine-unit multi-family building at 890-92 North 42nd Street in Belmont, West Philadelphia. The development will replace a two-story residential prewar structure located on the west side of the block between Ogden Street and Westminster Avenue. The structure will feature a roof deck, which, given the future building’s prominent height above the surroundings, will offer dramatic skyline views. Permits list Philadelphia Developments LLC as the owner and contractor and Chris Menna as the design professional.

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261 South 60th Street. Looking east. Credit: Google Maps

Permits Issued for Three-Unit Building at 261 South 60th Street in Cobbs Creek, West Philadelphia

Permits have been issued for a four-story, three-unit mixed-use building at 261 South 60th Street in Cobbs Creek, West Philadelphia. The development will replace a two-story prewar building situated on the east side of the block between Irving Street and Manning Street. The retail space at the ground floor will contribute to the commercial corridor along the street, and three residential units will be located above. The structure will rise from a 900-square-foot footprint and will contain 4,472 square feet of interior space. Permits list Raphael Realty LLC as the owner, JOs. Serratore & Co. Architect Inc. as the designer, and Meir Badush of Northeast Renovations LLC as the contractor. Construction costs are listed at $630,000.

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