2653-61 Salmon Street. Photo by Jamie Meller. February 2022

Eight-Unit Renovation Nearly Complete at 2653-61 Salmon Street in Olde Richmond, Kensington

An eight-unit renovation project is nearing completion at 2653-61 Salmon Street in Olde Richmond, Kensington. The project is situated on a through-block lot on the block between East Huntingdon Street and East Lehigh Street, across from the elevated Interstate 95. Designed by Kore Design Architecture, the project converts a single-story, 21-foot-tall warehouse into a two-story, eight-unit apartment building by inserting a new floor plate, interior partitions, and stair banks. Philadelphia YIMBY’s recent site visit revealed that construction is nearing completion, with new door and window apertures have been cut into the largely windowless exterior and private roof decks added to the pinnacle. Permits list Salmon Street Holdings LLC as the owner, Metropolitan Contracting as the contractor, and a construction cost of $900,000.

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2621-67 Frankford Avenue. Rendering credit: HDO Architecture

Construction Imminent at 453-Unit Building at 2621-67 Frankford Avenue in East Kensington

Last November, permits were issued for the construction of a six-story, 453-unit apartment building at 2621-67 Frankford Avenue in East Kensington. Three months later, Philadelphia YIMBY visits the site to find that demolition has not yet commenced at the property, although the sprawling property, most of which consists of a dilapidated surface lot, sits abandoned and appears ready for imminent demolition and subsequent construction. 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. Permits list the construction cost at $72 million.

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Rendering of 36-38 South 2nd Street. Credit: Canno Design.

Excavation Underway at 36-38 South 2nd Street in Old City

Construction is beginning to make progress at 36-38 South 2nd Street, site of a future mixed-use development in the Old City section of Center City. Designed by CANNOdesign, the building will stand seven stories tall, an appropriate height for Old City. Commercial space will sit on the ground floor and 61 residential units will be located above. The building will hold 51,623 square feet of space and include a roof deck. Tester Construction is the contractor behind the project. Construction costs are estimated at $10.5 million.

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Drexel College of Nursing and Health Professions at 3601 Filbert Street. Rendering via Wexford Science & Technology LLC

Exterior Nearly Complete at Drexel University Health Sciences Building at 3601 Filbert Street, University City, West Philadelphia

A recent site visit by Philly YIMBY revealed that exterior work is nearly complete at the Drexel University Health Sciences Building, which is under construction at 3601 Filbert Street in University City, West Philadelphia. Also known as the Drexel College of Nursing and Health Professions or the Wexford Drexel Academic Tower, the building rises 14 stories, with 12 primary plus two mechanical floors, and is designed by Ballinger and developed by Wexford Science & Technology, with Turner Construction as the contractor. Upon its anticipated completion later this year, the structure will span over 450,000 square feet and will house Drexel University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions as well as a significant portion of the functions of the College of Medicine. The building is a part of Wexford’s and Drexel’s 14-acre, jointly-developed uCity Square complex, which is rapidly transforming the northern section of University City.

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Rendering of 3045-51 Richmond Street. Credit: FifthRealty.

Completion Approaches at 3045-51 Richmond Street in Port Richmond, Kensington

Philadelphia YIMBY’s recent site visit has revealed that construction work is nearly complete at a five-story, 28-unit apartment building underway at 3045-51 Richmond Street in Port Richmond, Kensington. Developed by Fifth Realty, the Neo-Industrial-styled structure rises on the southeast side of the block between Elkhart Street and East Clearfield Street. The substantially large structure spans 37,807 square feet of interior space, which will include 12 one-bedroom and 16 two-bedroom units. Features include full sprinkling and a ground-level garage for 22 cars. Permits list Lonny Rossman as the design professional and TBC LLC as the contractor. The construction cost is specified at $4.25 million.

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