Schuylkill Yards massing aerial looking northwest. Original image by Google Earth, edit and model by Thomas Koloski

Philly YIMBY Presents Up-To-Date Massing Renderings of Schuylkill Yards in University City, West Philadelphia

In West Philadelphia, a major project is bound to change University City in a dramatic way. Developed by developed by Brandywine Realty Trust, Schuylkill Yards includes one building that has already been completed, with the rest in the beginning stages of construction or site preparation. The project, located next to 30th Street Station, has a master plan with multiple buildings, though only four have had their final designs released to the public. The completed Bulletin Building renovation, the 512-foot-tall and 3001 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, and the the 361-foot-tall 3025 John F. Kennedy Boulevard were designed by the Practice for Architecture and Urbanism, while the 226-foot-tall 3151 Market Street was designed by SHoP Architects. The below massing renderings were designed by Philly YIMBY to illustrate the impact of the buildings on the future skyline.

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Rendering of 1419 West Grange Avenue via Compass.

Permits Issued for 36-Unit Multi-Family Building at 1419 West Grange Avenue in Fern Rock, North Philadelphia

Permits have been issued for the construction of a 36-unit multi-family structure at 1419 West Grange Avenue in Fern Rock (alternately Ogontz), North Philadelphia. Upon completion, the building will rise four stories tall and hold 49,989 square feet of space. The apartments will consist of 21 two-bedroom, two-bathroom, while the remains 15 will be one-bed, one-bath. The project will also include 47 parking spaces, with 34 within a gated garage, and the remaining 13 outside. Permits estimate construction costs at $5.5 million.

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Rendering of Piazza Terminal via Post Brothers.

Upgraded Permits Issued For Piazza Terminal In Northern Liberties, North Philadelphia

Upgraded permits have been issued for the Piazza Terminal, a massive mixed-use development at 1104 North Hancock Street in Northern LibertiesNorth Philadelphia. The permit is essentially an extension of an older permit issued on December 6, 2019, which called for the construction of massive project, developed by Northern LibertiesPost Brothers, with two 12-story towers holding 861 residential units and commercial space. Since this time, the scale of the complex has been expanded, and as such, new permits have just rolled in, calling for the 11-story addition to the under-construction project. Its 270 residential apartments will bring the development’s total unit count up to 1,131. The added area will total 203,561 square feet and will also include amenity space. The newly-filed 11-story addition will be built on top of an already approved and under-construction five-story podium, meaning the building will stand 16 stories high, making it the tallest building in the development.

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Rendering of 922 North Broad Street. Credit: Coscia Moos Archutecture.

Renderings Revealed For 922 North Broad Street in Francisville, North Philadelphia

Renderings have been revealed for a seven-story, 201-unit mixed-use development at 922 North Broad Street in FrancisvilleNorth Philadelphia. Designed by Coscia Moos Architecture, the building will contain 134,600 square feet of residential space, as well as 21,760 square feet of commercial space at the ground floor and 44 parking spaces, which will span 19,796 square feet.

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Sparks Shot Tower from Camden. Photo by Thomas Koloski

A Look at the Sparks Shot Tower, Built in 1808 in Queen Village, South Philadelphia

Philadelphia features numerous old structures with interesting styles of architecture. One of the city’s oldest tall structures is the Sparks Shot Tower, which started construction in 1807 and was completed on July 4, 1808 at 129-131 Carpenter Street in the neighborhood now known as Queen Village in South Philadelphia. The facility, which predates the Civil War by almost 60 years, was designed by Thomas Sparks and John Bishop, who originated the idea for shot towers. The 143-foot-tall structure, which forms a brick-clad cylinder that tapers to the top, still stands to this day.

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