Renovation

1939 South 5th Street. Building rendering. Credit: Toner Architects via the City of Philadelphia

Permits Issued for Vertical Expansion at 1939 South 5th Street in Wharton, South Philadelphia

Permits have been issued for a renovation and vertical extension of a two-story building at 1939 South 5th Street in Wharton, South Philadelphia. The development is situated at the northeast corner of South 5th and McKean streets. Designed by Toner Architects, the new overbuild will add a third story and 1,216 square feet to the existing 2,657-square-foot building. The resulting mixed-use structure will span 3,873 square feet and feature ground-floor commercial space, an artist studio, two residential units, and a single-car garage. Permits list Gina L. Romano as the contractor and specify a total improvement cost of $490,000, of which $375,000 comprises the construction cost.

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8014 Castor Avenue. Building elevation. Credit: Supreme Architects via the City of Philadelphia

Permits Issued for Building Renovations at 8014 Castor Avenue in Rhawnhurst, Northeast Philadelphia

Permits have been issued for a renovation and vertical extension of a two-story building at 8014 Castor Avenue in Rhawnhurst, Northwest Philadelphia. The development sits at the western corner of Castor Avenue and Fuller Street. Designed by Supreme Architects, the project will span 2,716 square feet. Permits list Pontual Construction as the contractor.

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358 East Walnut Lane prior to redevelopment. Looking south. July 2022. Credit: Google Maps

Permits Issued for Building Expansion at 358 East Walnut Lane in East Germantown, Northwest Philadelphia

Permits have been issued for a renovation and expansion of a three-story prewar rowhouse at 358 East Walnut Lane in Germantown, Northwest Philadelphia. The structure is situated on the southeast side of the block between Morton Street and Magnolia Street. Designed by PACE Architecture+Design, the project consists of a three-story, 1,410-square-foot addition to the existing 1,700-square-foot structure, which will comprise a total of three residential units and 3,110 square feet of interior space. The existing basement will be expanded, as well. Permits list Wyche Raydrian as the contractor and indicate a construction cost of $400,000.

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2301 Frankford Avenue. Photo by Jamie Meller. July 2023

Renovations Underway at 2301 Frankford Avenue in Fishtown

Philadelphia YIMBY’s recent site visit has observed that exterior renovation work is underway at the recently completed mixed-use development at 2301 Frankford Avenue in Fishtown. 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 project features ground-floor commercial space and six residential units, as well as a cellar.

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Harper Square. Image via centercityphila.org

Construction Anticipated at Harper Square at 113-21 South 19th Street in Rittenhouse Square, Center City

One of the most exciting development proposals on Philadelphia’s drawing boards is Harper Square at 113-21 South 19th Street in Rittenhouse Square, Center City. Designed by DAS Architecture and Planning and developed by Pearl Properties, the slim skyscraper is planned to rise 620 feet and 52 stories tall. The 267,874-square-foot structure will hold 215 residential units and 30,180 square feet of commercial space and incorporate existing historic buildings into the base. So far, only a preliminary approval permit had been issued, meaning that construction must await further permits to start, yet we still saw it fitting to visit the site of the proposal to document its current condition, which we share in the photos below.

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