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1130 North Delaware Avenue. Credit: Varenhorst Architects

An In-Depth Look at the 244-Unit Building Proposed at 1130 North Delaware Avenue in Fishtown, Kensington

Earlier this month, Philadelphia YIMBY visited the site of a ten-story, 244-unit building proposed at 1130 North Delaware Avenue in Fishtown, Kensington. Today we take an in-depth look at the 241,490-square-foot development planned. Designed by Varenhorst Architects and developed by Streamline, the structure will be situated on the north side of the avenue across from the Rivers Casino and Penn Treaty Park on the Delaware River waterfront. The modular structure will rise 124 feet tall to the top of the main roof (and around 135 or so feet tall to the top of the mechanical screens at the bulkhead) and will house 99 studios, 87 one-bedroom apartments, and 58-two-bedroom units. Features will include outdoor landscaping, a 2,776-square-foot roof deck with extensive skyline views, and parking for 49 cars and 102 bicycles. Construction costs are estimated at $55 million.

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1130 North Delaware Avenue. Credit: Varenhorst Architects

Demolition Pending at Site of 244-Unit Building at 1130 North Delaware Avenue in Fishtown, Kensington

Although demolition and construction permits have been filed for a ten-story, 244-unit residential building at 1130 North Delaware Avenue in Fishtown, Kensington, no demo nor construction work has been observed at the site during Philadelphia YIMBY’s recent site visit. Designed by Varenhorst Architects and developed by Streamline, the structure will rise on the north side of the avenue, across from Rivers Casino and Penn Treaty Park on the Delaware River waterfront. The structure will rise 124 feet tall to the top of the main roof, and around 135 or so feet tall to the top of the mechanical screens at the bulkhead. The 241,490-square-foot development will offer outdoor landscaping, a roof deck with sweeping views of the skyline and the river, and parking for 49 cars and 102 bicycles. According to the architect website, construction is expected to cost $55 million.

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1106-14 Spring Garden Street. Credit: Varenhorst

Permits Issued for 1106-14 Spring Garden Street in Callowhill, Lower North Philadelphia

Permits have been issued for a six-story mixed-use building located at 1106-14 Spring Garden Street in Callowhill, Lower North Philadelphia. Designed by Varenhorst, the development will hold commercial space on the ground floor, with 79 residential units above. In total, the new building will yield 87,381 square feet of space. An underground parking garage will hold 27 spaces reserved for building residents, including two accessible spaces, one van space, and one electric vehicle space. The building will also include 28 bicycle spaces and a green roof will be located at the top of the building. Construction costs are listed at $22 million.

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1106-14 Spring Garden Street. Credit: Varenhorst

Examining Preservation-Minded Alternatives for the 79-Unit Building Planned at 1106-14 Spring Garden Street in Callowhill, Lower North Philadelphia

YIMBY recently introduced a six-story, 79-unit mixed-use proposal at 1106-14 Spring Garden Street (aka 1106 Spring Garden Street) in Callowhill, Lower North Philadelphia. Designed by Varenhorst, the building will offer an appealing design, street-energizing retail, much-needed public space, and a large number of apartments. However, the proposal also involves the demolition of a stately prewar building, which has recently been torn down. Today we look at the demolished structure and analyze strategies for how it could have been preserved and incorporated into the design without sacrificing any of its current strong points.

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