Kensington

Rendering of 23 West Girard Avenue. Credit: JKRP Architects.

Construction Anticipated for 107-Unit Building at 23 West Girard Avenue in Olde Kensington

Last November, Philadelphia YIMBY reported that permits were issued for a six-story mixed-use building with ground-level retail and 107 residential units at 23 West Girard Avenue in Olde Kensington. Our recent site visit discovered no signs of demolition nor construction at the property, with the 7-11 convenience store currently sited at the property still apparently in operation. Designed by JKRP Architects and developed by Girard Real Estate LLC, the project will span 104,160 square feet and will feature parking for 28 cars and 47 bicycles, full sprinkling, and a roof deck, which, given the building’s future prominence over the surroundings, will likely offer panoramic views of the Center City skyline. Permits list Benchmark Construction Group Inc. as the contractor and a construction cost of $21.5 million.

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1359 Frankford Avenue. Credit: NORR via the Civic Design Review

YIMBY Takes a Detailed Look at 1359 Frankford Avenue in Fishtown

In February, YIMBY shared that a four-story, 61-unit mixed-use development at 1359 Frankford Avenue in Fishtown, Kensington, is going before the Civic Design Review. Today we take a detailed look at the project, which spans a highly irregular lot between Frankford Avenue to the west and Crease Street to the east. Designed by NORR and developed by the Fishtown Collective, the project will span 60,948 square feet and offer 12,285 square feet of retail along Frankford Avenue and a selection of apartments consisting of 31 studios, 22 one-bedroom units, and eight two-bedroom apartments.

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31 East Columbia Avenue. Rendering credit: SITIO Architecture + Urbanism

Excavation Underway at The Box Factory Lofts at 31 East Columbia Avenue in Fishtown

Philadelphia YIMBY’s recent site visit has revealed that excavation is currently underway at an eight-story, 63-unit apartment building at 31 East Columbia Avenue in Fishtown, Kensington. Designed by SITIO Architecture + Urbanism, the building is an expansion for the existing Box Factory Lofts, a four-story prewar industrial building located at 21 East Columbia Avenue, which houses 20 rental units. The new building will add 67,342 square of feet of space to the development and will introduce a new shared lobby to be shared by the two structures, as well as a common residential courtyard. The new building will feature ground-level retail, elevator service, full sprinkling, covered parking for ten cars (including three car share and one accessible space) and 30 bicycles, and a roof deck. Permits list Equinox Management and Construction as the contractor and a construction cost of $13 million.

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Rendering of 1408-18 East Oxford Street. Credit: Ambit Architecture.

Steel Assembly Continues at 1408-18 East Oxford Street in Fishtown

Construction continues to make steady progress at a four-story, 42-unit residential development at 1408-18 East Oxford Street in Fishtown, Kensington. Designed by Ambit Architecture, the development will span 41,211 square feet and feature 32 parking spaces and full sprinkling. Renderings indicate that the project will be called the National Metal Crafters Building, as seen from a large marquee at the parapet and a smaller sign at the street level. Permits list Level Up Development as the contractor and a construction cost of $5.25 million.

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1324 Frankford Avenue. Photo by Jamie Meller. March 2022

YIMBY Looks at Recently Completed Rental Development at 1324 Frankford Avenue in Fishtown

Philadelphia YIMBY recently visited the site of a recently completed multi-unit rental building at 1324 Frankford Avenue in Fishtown, Kensington. Also known under its full address of 1324-38 Frankford Avenue, the development is situated on the west side of the block between West Thompson Street and Master Street. Developed by OCF Realty, the four-story building features 50 one-bedroom units and a roof deck that offers views of the Center City skyline.

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