615 South Third Street

Permits Issued for Three-Unit Residential Building at 615 South Third Street in Queen Village, South Philadelphia

Permits have been issued for the construction of a four-story, three-unit residential building at 615 South Third Street in Queen Village, South Philadelphia. The project consists of major renovations to an existing building, which includes a vacant commercial space located on the ground floor. The renovated area will measure 2,905 square feet while the new addition will measure 600 square feet. A roof deck will also be built. Permits list Jianchao Li as the design professional and Christopher Lord as the contractor. Total construction cost is set at $400,000.

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Current view of 1726 North 22nd Street. Credit: Google.

Permits Issued for Nine-Unit Building at 1726 North 22nd Street in Sharswood, North Philadelphia

Permits have been issued for the construction of a three-story, nine-unit multi-family building at 1726 North 22nd Street in SharswoodNorth Philadelphia. In total, the project will contain 11,602 square feet of interior space. Emmanouil Lagoudakis is listed as the contractor for the project, with Scott Woodruff as the design professional. Construction costs are estimated at $950,000.

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Independence Blue Cross Tower roof. Photo by Thomas Koloski

A Look Back at the Former Lighting Scheme at the Independence Blue Cross Tower

The Independence Blue Cross Tower was Philadelphia’s third skyscraper to breech the former 548-foot height limit of the Gentleman’s Agreement. The tower stands at 1901 Market Street, on the north side of the street, and features a slightly darker shade of glass than One Liberty Place and an interesting design that included lighting highlighting the structure. Designed by WZMH Architects, which also designed the CN Tower in Canada, he tower rises 45 stories above the ground with a total height of 625 feet. In over the first ten years after the building’s completion, the tower was lit up in the night time skyline with blue and gold strips of light.

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Current view of 2454 North 2nd Street. Credit: Google.

Permits Issued for Mixed-Use Building at 2454 North 2nd Second Street in West Kensington

Permits have been issued for the construction of a three-story mixed-use building at 2454 North 2nd Street in West Kensington. The ground floor will hold artist studios and artisan industrial space. The upper two floors will hold five residential units. In total, the building contain 8,172 square feet of interior space. Anthony Tsirantonakis is listed as the design professional, with Salini Brothers Ornamental Iron Work listed as the contractor. Permits specify a construction cost of cost $1.1 million.

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