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Rendering of the previous proposal at 1101-33 South 9th Street via SkyscraperPage

No Progress Yet at 1101-33 South 9th Street in the Italian Market, South Philadelphia

Our recent site visit has revealed that no construction progress has yet been made at the site of a seven-story, 157-unit mixed-use building at 1101-33 South 9th Street in the Italian Market, South Philadelphia. Designed by BLT Architects, the building will hold 204,351 square feet of space and is expected to cost $52 million to construct. The project will include accessory parking spaces as well as commercial space on the ground floor, likely on South 9th Street, which is a major commercial corridor. Hunter Roberts Holdings LLC is listed as the contractor.

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Rendering of 1120 Frankford Avenue. Credit: BLT Architects.

Philly YIMBY Considers an Alternate Layout for The Frankford at 1120 Frankford Avenue in Fishtown

Earlier this month, Philadelphia YIMBY published a detailed overview of The Frankford, a six-story, 150-unit mixed-use residential and retail development planned at 1120 Frankford Avenue (alternately 1120-36 Frankford Avenue) in Fishtown, Kensington. Designed by BLT Architects and developed by US Construction, the attractive Neo-Idustrial structure will create 7,166 square feet of ground-level retail and 83,372 square feet of residential space, contributing a significant volume of housing stock and a vibrant retail-fronted streetscape to the neighborhood. However, despite the positive impact the proposal promises to deliver, it arguably suffers from a squat, sprawling massing, which was likely crafted as a response to the neighborhood’s unreasonably low height limit. In this publication, YIMBY shares an alternate project layout of our own, which shows how a less restrictive zoning envelope would allow for a more organic relationship to the street, improved unit layouts, creation of new public space, improved pedestrian circulation,and even preservation of a locally beloved mural.

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12+Sansom at 123-27 South 12th Street. Rendering credit: Studios Architecture

Permits Issued for Foundation Work for 12+Sansom at 123-27 South 12th Street in Midtown Village, Center City

Permits have been issued for the construction of the foundation at 12+Sansom, a 240-foot-tall, 20-story residential high-rise under construction at 123 South 12th Street (alternately 123-27 South 12th Street) in Midtown Village, Center City. Designed by Studios Architecture and developed by Greystar Real Estate Partners, with BLT Architects as the architect of record and Clemens Construction Company as the contractor, the building will offer 399 rental units and 10,844 square feet of retail. The structure will rise from a 33,462-square-foot footprint and hold 370,860 square feet of floor space. The cost of foundation work is listed at $6 million, which amounts to nearly five percent of the previously listed total construction cost of $132.25 million.

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Rendering of 1120 Frankford Avenue. Credit: BLT Architects.

A Detailed Look at The Frankford, a 150-Unit Mixed-Use Development Proposed at 1120 Frankford Avenue in Fishtown, Kensington

Last month, Philadelphia YIMBY shared an overview of The Frankford, a six-story, 150-unit mixed-use residential and retail development proposed at 1120 Frankford Avenue in Fishtown, Kensington. Today we take a closer look at the proposal via building elevations, floor plans, and other detail. Designed by BLT Architects and developed by US Construction, the structure (which is also known under its full address of 1120-36 Frankford Avenue) will span nearly 100,000 feet of space, offering 7,166 square feet of ground-level retail and 83,372 square feet of residential space split between units ranging from studios to two-bedroom apartments, with studios being the predominant variant. The structure will feature two elevators, storage for 50 bicycles, outdoor space for residents (which includes a dog run), a roof deck, and a green roof. No parking spaces will be included. The proposal is still undergoing the Civic Design Review process, so no permits have yet been filed.

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Rendering of 1120 Frankford Avenue. Credit: BLT Architects.

1120 Frankford Avenue Goes Before Civic Design Review In Fishtown

A new mixed-use development called The Frankford, which is proposed at 1120 Frankford Avenue in Fishtown, Kensington, is going before the Civic Design Review. Designed by BLT Architects and developed by US Construction, the new building will rise five stories tall. On the ground floor, there will be 7,166 square feet of commercial space. The building will yield 150 residential units, spanning 83,372 square feet of space. There will not be any car parking included with the project, but the building will offer space for 50 bicycles.

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