As Philadelphia’s ongoing renaissance is generating new growth throughout centrally located neighborhoods, the development boom is spreading to adjacent communities that have long been neglected by real estate developers. A prime example of this phenomenon may be found at the 2100 block of Cross Street in the Point Breeze neighborhood in South Philadelphia. In the past few years, the narrow and seemingly nondescript street, with a roadway measuring just around 14 feet wide, has seen a major influx of new development, both in the form of ground-up construction and vertical additions to existing buildings. YIMBY’s recent site visit has revealed that, over the course of the past year or so, construction has been completed at a back-to-back series of structures spanning from 2141 through 2153 Cross Street, undertaken by two different sets of developers and contractors. The buildings offer a total of eight residential units as well as retail space.
In August 2020, YIMBY reported that permits have been filed for a single-story vertical extension to a single-family prewar rowhouse at 1830 Dickinson Street in Point Breeze, South Philadelphia. Our recent check-in at the site has revealed that construction has since been completed, and the five-bedroom, four-bathroom property has been sold for $550,000 in November of last year. Permits show Travertine Development LL [sic] as the owner and Marlon F. Travis as the contractor. Construction costs are listed at $60,000.
Earlier this month, YIMBY reported that Philadelphia is poised for a record year of construction in 2022. Low- and mid-rise projects, the type that will provide much-needed housing units by the thousands, comprise the bulk of new development. However, the city is also slated to gain a crop of new high-rises that will further boost the already iconic skyline. In recent weeks, we published several compilations, such as the December 2021 Development Countdown and two lists tallying up the current tallest under-construction and proposed projects. Today, we put them all together and add bonus content to create the Ultimate 2022 Philadelphia Skyline Rundown, which tallies the 30-plus tallest buildings that are under construction or proposed as of the start of this year. To avoid covering too much familiar ground, we added new features to each entry, such as quick facts, featured stories, project contractors (when applicable), and extra photos and renderings, some of which YIMBY has not yet shared before. Read on for our Top 30 list, which makes for Philly YIMBY’s most comprehensive development article to date.
Permits have been issued for the construction of a 50-unit mixed-use building at 5542-44 Ridge Avenue in Roxborough, Northwest Philadelphia. Upon completion, the new building will stand three stories tall, with commercial space on the ground floor and apartments above. The structure will contain 45,500 square feet of space as well as multiple roof decks. Construction costs are estimated at $6.8 million.
A recent site visit by Philadelphia YIMBY has discovered that demolition of a three-story rowhouse at 1810 Federal Street in Point Breeze, South Philadelphia, has been completed, paving way for a three-story, three-unit residential building. The development is situated on the south side of the block between South 18th and South 19th streets. Designed by Designblendz, the structure will span 3,352 square feet. Permits list Michael Treacy as the contractor and specify a construction cost of $450,000.