In October 2020, Philadelphia YIMBY reported that permits have been filed for a single-family rowhouse at 1238 North Howard Street near the junction of Fishtown and Olde Kensington. Our recent site visit has revealed that no construction has taken place since, though an updated construction permit issued this January indicates that the project is still under development. Designed by Interface Studio Architects and developed by Callahan Ward (which also serves as the contractor), the building will rise three stories plus basement, span 1,539 square feet, and feature a back yard and a roof deck.
Last month, YIMBY visited the site of the six-story, 453-unit apartment building proposed at 2621-67 Frankford Avenue in East Kensington, where construction permits have been issued last year and construction preparation appears imminent. Today we take a detailed look at the massive building that is one of the largest on the drawing boards in Philadelphia. Designed by Harman Deutsch Ohler Architecture (HDO Architecture), with Turn Key Realty LLC as the contractor, the massive structure will hold 412,703 square feet of space and cost at $72 million to construct. The development will offer ample outdoor space for residents and will be a major boost to a rapidly-growing, high-density residential district.
In recent years, a development boom has added hundreds of new apartments to Fishtown, ranging from single-family houses to massive apartment complexes. One of the largest among these is The Parkside Fishtown, a 95-unit rental building completed last year at 2110 East Norris Street. The structure, situated on the south side of the block between North Front Street and Trenton Avenue, rises six stories and holds 85,985 square feet of interior space. Permits list HC Pody Company as the contractor and a construction cost of $12 million.
Permits have been issued for The Wagon House, a four-story mixed-use building at 1935 North 2nd Street in Olde Kensington. The structure will replace a garage and an adjacent lot on the east side of the block between West Berks Street and West Norris Street. Designed by Ambit Architecture, the structure will rise from a combined lot at 1935-39 North 2nd Street and span 10,640 square feet, which will include 1,000 square feet of ground-level commercial space and 13 residential units. The building will feature a basement, full sprinkling, and parking for four bicycles. Permits list Baltimore Select Properties as the contractor and a construction cost of $1.8 million.
Philadelphia YIMBY’s recent site visit revealed that construction is crawling along at a snail’s pace, if it has not stalled outright, at a mixed-use development at 2301 Frankford Avenue in Fishtown, Kensington. Designed by Ian Smith Design Group, the project adds a three-story rear addition to a three-story prewar building and two smaller adjacent structures at the eastern corner of Frankford Avenue and East Dauphin Street. The finished structure will feature ground-floor commercial space and six residential units, as well as a cellar and full sprinkling. Permits list Black Oak Builders as the contractor and a construction cost of $312,000.