608 South American Street. Photo by Jamie Meller. February 2024

Construction Nears Completion at 608 South American Street in Queen Village, South Philadelphia

Philly YIMBY’s recent site visit has observed that construction is nearly complete at a four-story, nine-unit residential structure at 608 South American Street in Queen VillageSouth Philadelphia. The new structure replaces a joined pair of prewar rowhouses on the west side of the block between South Street and Bainbridge Street. Designed by Gnome Architects, the new building will span 9,173 square feet and will feature a basement and two private roof decks. Permits list Cassidy McGrath as the contractor and specify a construction cost of $1.2 million.

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1222 Vine Street aka 1127 Race Street. Credit: Parkway Corporation

Potential Development Site Sits Dormant at 1222 Vine Street in Chinatown, Center City

A recent site visit by Philadelphia YIMBY has noted no signs of new development at a pair of parking lots spanning nearly two entire city blocks at 1222 Vine Street in Chinatown, Center City, just north of the Convention Center, held by the Parkway Corporation as a potential development site. Parkway is notable for holding and operating parking lots throughout the city and beyond and, when a favorable opportunity arises, redeveloping them, whether on their own or with a partner. The case at 1222 Vine Street appears to be the latter, as the site is listed on Parkway’s “opportunities” page. The combined site spans somewhere between 52,728 to 62,840 square feet and, under its CMX-4 zoning, may by right yield well over 600,000 square feet of development space it built to a floor-area-ratio of 12 to 1.

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Rendering of 1428-38 Callowhill Street. Credit: J2a Architects.

Construction Not Yet Started at 1428 Callowhill Street in Spring Garden, Lower North Philadelphia

Philadelphia YIMBY’s recent site visit has observed that construction has still not started at the site of a 13-story, 162-unit building proposed at 1428 Callowhill Street in Spring GardenLower North Philadelphia, though construction permits have been issued at the end of 2021. Designed by j2a Architects, the structure will span 117,624 square feet and feature parking for 31 cars and 74 bicycles. Permits list BSI Construction as the contractor and specify construction costs of $19 million.

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Rendering of 1201-15 Callowhill Street. Credit: JKRP Architects.

Construction Not Yet Commenced at 1201-15 Callowhill Street in Callowhill, Lower North Philadelphia

A recent site visit by Philly YIMBY has noted that construction has still not begun at a six-story, 65-unit mixed-use building proposed at 1201-15 Callowhill Street in Callowhill, Lower North Philadelphia, despite having received construction permits in 2021. Designed by JKRP Architects, the structure will feature 83,667 square feet of residential area. All units will be designated as co-living spaces, boasting 239 beds in total. The project will also include 3,989 square feet of retail on the ground floor and 8,854 square feet of office and amenity space. A 17,790-square-foot underground garage will hold 41 parking spaces, with two being ADA-compliant and three designated for electric vehicles. A total of 22 bicycle spaces will be included, as well. Permits list a construction cost of $17.2 million.

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