Philly YIMBY’s recent site visit revealed no new progress at the site of the DeSimone Tower, a 18-story, 96-unit mixed-use building proposed at 626 North Delaware Avenue in Northern Liberties, North Philadelphia. Designed by Coscia Moos Architecture, the building, also known under its full address of 626-30 North Delaware Avenue, is slated to rise at a site bordered by the Delaware Avenue to the east, Fairmount Avenue to the north, and North Front Street to the west, next to the Delaware River waterfront. The development takes its name from DeSimone Automotive Group, which plans to run a multi-level car dealership at the building base. Apartments will be located on the floors above.
626 North Delaware Avenue
Site clearance work appears to have started at 626 North Delaware Avenue, the site of a proposed 198-foot-tall, 16-story residential building in Northern Liberties, North Philadelphia. Designed by Coscia Moos Architects, the project will add 96 units to the rapidly developing neighborhood.
Delaware Avenue is a major thoroughfare running along the eponymous Delaware River (though certain sections feature different names). Large stretches of the street are either industrial, either presently or formerly, or largely suburban, with massive shopping centers and parking lots, though the city has long planned to transform it into a dense urban corridor. Now, these dreams appear on the verge of becoming a reality, with a large number of proposals planned for the avenue. Some could be very far out, though others may see a shovel in the ground before the leaves turn. YIMBY takes you on a tour of all of the biggest proposed developments.