The latest installment in Philly YIMBY’s Category Spotlight series features Philadelphia’s proposed and under-construction developments that span between 10,000 and 50,000 square feet. Most of the projects within this size range are medium-sized, mid-rise developments that typically hold anywhere between ten and 50 residential units. These buildings frequently feature retail at the ground floor, which livens up the sidewalk experience, while their scale makes for an optimal fit for just about any neighborhood; as such, apartment buildings within this size range have long served as the backbone of cities around the world. Today we present a selection of some of such projects that are underway or on the drawing boards throughout Philadelphia.
Renderings have been revealed for a multi-family development at 1238-46 Belmont Avenue in East Parkside, West Philadelphia. Designed by Francesco Zampetti, the building will rise seven stories tall and feature 84 residential units. An underground parking garage will offer space for 32 parking spaces. Two of these will be auto-share spaces, one being an ADA space. The project will also provide space for 28 bicycles.
Last June, Philly YIMBY reported that construction was nearing completion at BrüBox at 3120 Jefferson Street in Brewerytown, North Philadelphia. Since that time, the five-story, 32-unit rental building, alternately spelled BruBox (without the umlaut), has been completed and open to residents. Designed by Coscia Moos Architecture and developed by Khosla Properties, with Tester Construction Group as the contractor the development spans 29,427 square feet and, according to permits, cost $5.15 million to construct. BrüBox offers residences ranging from studios to two-bedrooms and spanning 525 to 1,000 square feet and includes parking for ten cars and 11 bicycles.
Philadelphia’s City Hall has loomed proudly in Center City since it topped out in 1894, but its tower continues to stand only thanks to several renovations. While the municipal floors of the building only rise nine stories high, the clock tower remains the largest freestanding masonry structure in the world to this day. The edifice is topped by a 37-foot-tall statue of William Penn, the founder of Pennsylvania, which brings the tower to a full height of 548 feet. The structure was designed by John McArthur Jr. and Thomas Ustick Walter, and was completed in 1901. In this feature, Philadelphia YIMBY takes a look back at the direly-needed renovation for the top of the clock tower that took place in the 1980s.
A recent site visit by Philadelphia YIMBY has revealed that renovation work is underway at 115 East Huntingdon Street in West Kensington, where a five-story prewar building is being converted into a 56-unit mixed-use development, which is part of Project HOME, a nonprofit organization that provides housing and support services to socially vulnerable populations. Located on the Episcopal Campus of the Temple University Hospital, the development will offer two elevators, full sprinkling, and support staff. Permits list a project team of Cecil Baker + Partners Architects as the designer, the hospital’s Project HOME as the owner/developer, and T. N. Ward Company as the contractor. Construction costs are specified at $14.9 million.