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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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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1826 Chestnut Street. Looking southeast. Credit: Goodman Properties

Still No Signs of Progress at 1826 Chestnut Street in Rittenhouse Square, Center City

In December 2020, SkyscraperPage forumer FairmountFellow revealed a pair of renderings showing a skyscraper situated atop the prewar building at 1826 Chestnut Street in Rittenhouse Square, Center City, which they purportedly observed in a “local cooperative presentation.” The rendering shows a floor count of around 42 stories and indicates that the project would be developed by Goodman Properties. The development’s location next to the proposed high-rise at 113-121 South 19th Street suggests a height of around 550 feet. Although there are indications that the development is still active, no permits have been filed in the meantime and information on the project remains exceedingly scarce. We dispatched our photographer to the site to check for signs of progress, yet none were to be found, with a CVS Pharmacy still operating out of the former theater building.

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