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.
A vertical extension has been proposed at 1031-33 Ridge Avenue in Callowhill, Lower North Philadelphia, where a single-story commercial building will be converted into a four-story, four-unit mixed-use structure. The development is situated on the east side of the block between Noble Street and Hamilton Street. Designed by HDO Architecture, the project will span a total of 11,284 square feet, of which 1,576 will constitute commercial space. Permits list Qi Wei Chen as the contractor and specify a construction cost of $1.2 million.
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.
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.
A surge of development in Center City West is poised to change the neighborhood in the near future. One of these additions is the recently redesigned proposal at 2300-24 Market Street. The original plan was more massive and held residential space, and would have risen 202 feet and 14 stories high. The original iteration was designed by Tantillo Architecture and developed by Lubert-Alder, but now KieranTimberlake and Breakthrough Properties have collaborated to bring the new iteration. The building will now stand at a noticeably shorter height, with a confirmed floor count of nine floors, along with the buildings purpose shifting to office and lab space. Today we share YIMBY’s own skyline massings of the development.