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

Parkway Corporation Seeks to Redevelop Two-Block Parking Lot at 1222 Vine Street in Chinatown, Center City

Developer and parking operator Parkway Corporation is looking for opportunities to redevelop 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. 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. Although specifics vary even depending on Parkway’s own material, 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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Permits Issued for 23-Unit Building at 846 East Woodlawn Street in Germantown, Northwest Philadelphia

Permits have been issued for the construction of a three-story, 23-unit mixed-use building at 846 East Woodlawn Street in Germantown, Northwest Philadelphia. The 28,800-square-foot structure will rise on the southeast side of the block between Bloyd and Boyer streets, replacing a vacant, fenced-in lot. Building features will include ground-floor commercial space, elevator service, full sprinkling, and parking for eight bicycles. The development takes advantage of the green roof bonus, with a green roof described as covering 60 percent of roof area. Permits list Rashmi Realty LLC as the owner and RSG Management LLC as the contractor. Construction costs are specified at $1.2 million.

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One Liberty Place. Image by Nadia MacKenzie via ageofstock

Looking Back At One Liberty Place Shortly After Completion

Between 1984 and 1987, a new monolith was constructed in the city of Philadelphia. For a long time the skyline was dominated by beige and brown buildings along with City Hall, but the blue-glass One Liberty Place at 1650 Market Street in Center City has broken out of the blocky and old styles and also broke the unofficial 548-foot height limit. Designed by Helmut Jahn of Murphy/Jahn and developed by Willard Rouse of Rouse and Associates, the tower rises 945 feet and stands 61 stories tall. In this feature, Philadelphia YIMBY looks back at One Liberty Place shortly after its completion.

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2034 North Front Street. Looking northwest. Credit: Google

Permits Issued for Eight-Unit Building at 2034 North Front Street in Kensington

Permits have been issued for the construction of a four-story, eight-unit mixed-use building at 2034 North Front Street in Kensington. The structure will replace a vacant lot on the west side of the block between West Norris Street and Diamond Street, next to the Market-Frankford Line el. The building will rise from a 1,700-square-foot footprint and will span 8,086 square feet of interior space, which translates to an average of around 1,000 square feet per apartment. The development will feature 540 square feet of ground-level retail and a cellar. The roof deck promises to offer views of the skyline. Permits list the Estate of Anna Reinman as the owner, Christopher Carickhoff as the design professional, and V2 Properties Construction Management LLC as the contractor. Construction costs are listed at $1.38 million.

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Philadelphia skyline from New Jersey January 2022. Photo by Thomas Koloski

Observing Construction on the Philadelphia Skyline as Seen From New Jersey

The city of Philadelphia and the surrounding region offers ample vantage points for viewing the skyline. The more distant views often show a clear perspective of a large swath of the growing skyline, offering various angles that go unseen angles from within the city itself. These views clearly show the new vertical mass being added to Center City and beyond, with tower cranes visible in various locations. In this feature, Philadelphia YIMBY observes various new projects rising into the skyline from a vantage point in New Jersey to the southeast of Center City.

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