Articles by Vitali Ogorodnikov


2112 North Front Street. Credit: Design Blendz.

Excavation Underway at 2112 North Front Street in Norris Square, North Philadelphia

In March, Philly YIMBY reported that permits were issued for the construction of a six-story, 31-unit mixed-use development at 2112 North Front Street in Norris Square. Designed by DesignBlendz, the structure will span 27,519 square feet and feature commercial space at the ground floor and a green roof at the top. Permits list GRIT Construction as the contractor and specify a construction cost of $5.5 million. Our recent site visit has discovered that the low-rise commercial structure that formerly stood at the site has been demolished and that substantial excavation progress has been made at the site.

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2000 North Front Street. Photo by Jamie Meller. May 2023

Construction Nearly Complete at 2000 North Front Street in Fishtown

Philly YIMBY’s recent site visit has observed that construction is almost complete at a five-story, 21-unit mixed-use building at 2000 North Front Street in Fishtown. The structure will rise at the northwest corner of Front and Norris streets, replacing a dilapidated and boarded-up three-story prewar building. The development will offer 22,992 square feet of interior space, which will include a commercial component. Features include full sprinkling and a roof deck, which will likely offer sweeping skyline views due to the structure’s relative prominence. Permits list Dr. Jerry Ginsberg as the owner, KCA Design Associates as the architect, and Tota Builders, Inc. [sic] as the contractor. Construction costs are specified at $710,000.

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Rendering of 1901-19 East York Street. Credit: LRK.

Construction Progresses at 1901-19 East York Street in East Kensington

Philly YIMBY’s recent site visit has observed sustained construction progress at a six-story, 127-unit development at 1901-19 East York Street in East Kensington. The project is situated on the eastern corner of the intersection of East York and Jasper streets. Designed by LRK, the structure spans 115,293 square feet and will offer artist studio space on the ground floor and will include elevator service, balconies, a green roof, and 27 parking spaces. Permits list Equinox Management & Construction as the contractor and specify a construction cost of $20.4 million.

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Rendering of 1640-48 North Hancock Street. Credit: HDO Architecture.

Construction Still Pending at 1640-48 North Hancock Street in Kensington

A recent site visit has revealed that construction has still not started at a six-story, 110-unit mixed-use development at 1640-48 North Hancock Street in Olde Kensington, although the site has been cleared and appears ready for excavation. Designed by HDO Architecture, the building will feature commercial space on the ground floor and a garage. The structure will hold 119,155 square feet of floor space. Construction costs are specified at $10.5 million.

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