943-49 Washington Avenue. Photo by Jamie Meller. March 2022

Construction Underway at 943-49 Washington Avenue in Bella Vista, South Philadelphia

Construction is underway at 943-49 Washington Avenue in Bella VistaSouth Philadelphia. An extension will be added to the structure, which will stand a total of five stories tall upon completion and contain 24 residential units. The permit lists TBC LLC as the contractor, with Lonny Rossman as the design professional. The building will hold 29,535 square feet of space and cost an estimated $4.2 million to build.

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31 East Columbia Avenue. Building elevation. Credit: SITIO Architecture + Urbanism via the City of Philadelphia

Philadelphia YIMBY Features Increasing Number of Construction Blueprints in Publications

In order to further enhance the reader experience, at the start of the year Philadelphia YIMBY introduced a series of new categories that cater to specific classes of structures and topics, which we are covering in our ongoing “category spotlight” series. Moreover, we began to heavily feature architectural blueprints that have been submitted to the planning department for review. These project blueprints provide valuable insight into aspects of construction ranging from generally aesthetic to deeply technical, and are especially useful when no building renderings are currently available. For those looking to find recent project blueprints without browsing through Byzantine city record databases, we have created a dedicated “Blueprints” category, with a few examples listed below.

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141-43 North 4th Street. Credit: Design Blendz.

Permits Issued For 141-43 North 4th Street In Old City, Center City

Permits have been issued for a large multi-family development at 141-43 North 4th Street in Old City. Designed by Designblendz, the project includes the complete renovation of the existing four-story building on site. A portion of this building will see a one-story overbuild, while a six-story addition will be constructed at 319 Cherry Street, holding six residential units. There will be 36 residential units in total, with ten bike spaces and 13 parking spaces also included. In total, the square footage of the building will more than double, increasing to 37,566. Construction costs are estimated at $2,860,000.

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2243 North Broad Street. Photo by Jamie Meller. March 2022

Construction Nearly Complete at 2243 North Broad Street Near Temple University in North Philadelphia

A recent site visit by Philly YIMBY revealed that construction nears completion at a four-story mixed-use building at 2243 North Broad Street, a block to the north of the Temple University campus in North Philadelphia. Designed by Stuart G. Rosenberg Architects (SgRA), the structure spans 10,297 square feet and holds commercial space on the ground floor and seven residential units that range from studios to two-bedrooms. Features include full sprinkling, space for 15 bicycles, in-unit washer/dryers, and balconies in many of the units. Permits list Ascent Design and Builder LLC as the designer and a construction cost of $700,000.

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1324 Frankford Avenue. Interior

Philadelphia YIMBY Reviews Various Residential Interiors

The goal of Philadelphia YIMBY is to address a wide range of urban development throughout the city, not only covering a variety of building forms and types, but also spanning different types of publications, which include building permits, construction updates, skyline renderings, an occasional historic feature, and more. While development news and construction updates remain as our primary focus, since the beginning of the year, we have increased the volume of articles that showcase building interiors, particularly residential, in order to give readers a better feel of what it would be like to actually reside in developments that we have previously generally covered only from the outside perspective. Below are a few examples from our “Interiors” category, introduced around the start of the year, which catalogs such articles.

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