One Liberty Place green lighting. Photo by Thomas Koloski

Philadelphia YIMBY Observes Decorative Lighting at One Liberty Place in Center City

As the nighttime Philadelphia skyline is becoming brighter with new projects featuring decorative lighting, One Liberty Place has also made its mark on the dark night sky. Located at 1650 Market Street in Center City, the skyscraper was constructed 1987 and rises to a height of 945 feet and 61 floors. The tower was designed by Helmut Jahn of Murphy/Jahn and developed by Willard Rouse of Rouse and Associates. The structural design was crafted by Thornton Tomasetti and the tower was constructed by LF Driscoll between 1985 and 1987, with The Lighting Practice as the new contractor for the lights. In this feature, Philadelphia takes an extended look at the improved lighting on the crown of the trophy tower.

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2966-68 Richmond Street. Rendering credit: KJO Architecture

Facade Nearly Complete at 2966-68 Richmond Street in Port Richmond, Kensington

Philadelphia YIMBY’s recent site visit has revealed that exterior work nears completion at the four-story, ten-unit mixed-use building under construction at 2966-68 Richmond Street in Port Richmond, Kensington. The development rises on the north side of the block between Ann Street and East Indiana Avenue, across from the Interstate-95 aka the Delaware Expressway. Designed by KJO Architecture, the structure will hold 9,745 square feet of space, of which 2,000 square feet will be allocated for commercial (office) space. The remaining 7,745 will be residential, lending an average of just under 775 square feet per unit. The building will be fully sprinkled. Permits list A Frame Management LLC as the contractor and a construction cost of $1.6 million.

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2951 Frankford Avenue. Building elevation (front). Credit: Raymond F. Rola Architect via the City of Philadelphia

No Progress Yet at Site of Two-Unit Rowhouse Proposed at 2951 Frankford Avenue in Port Richmond, Kensington

Last September, YIMBY reported that permits have been issued for the construction of a three-story mixed-use rowhouse at 2951 Frankford Avenue in Port Richmond, Kensington. Our recent site visit revealed that, five months later, no construction work of any kind has yet taken place at the site. The structure will span 3,374 square feet, which will be roughly evenly split between a business component (1,701 square feet) and two residences (1,673 square feet in total, with an average of 837 square feet per unit). The structure will feature full sprinkling and a roof deck. Permits list Matag Ventures LLC as the owner and Adam R. Sinclair as the contractor. Plans submitted with the planning department list Raymond F. Rola as the architect, though permits specify Kevin Korejko as the design professional. The construction cost is specified at $450,000.

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Arthaus from Pine Street. Photo by Thomas Koloski

Cladding Nearly Complete at Arthaus in Washington Square West, Center City

The exterior is nearly complete at Arthaus at 311 South Broad Street, one of the tallest condominium buildings in Philadelphia. The new skyscraper, located in the Washington Square West neighborhood of Center City, rises to a height of 542 feet and 47 stories. Designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox and developed by Dranoff Properties, the tower will feature 108 condo units and already makes a dramatic impact on the Philadelphia skyline, as it it situated in a prominent location close to various landmarks along Broad Street.

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Rendering of 150 West Berks Street. Credit: Cecil Baker + Partners.

Renderings Revealed for 150 West Berks Street in Olde Kensington

Renderings have been revealed for a large mixed-use building at 150 West Berks Street in Olde Kensington. Designed by Cecil Baker + Partners and developed by Urban Conversions, the structure will stand seven stories tall, with multiple commercial spaces on the ground floor along Berks Street. In total, the building will yield 147,938 square feet of space. The structure will feature 152 residential units, most of which will be located on the upper floors, with two units situated on the ground floor. A partially covered area on the ground level will feature 42 parking spaces.

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