Rendering of 3025 John F. Kennedy Boulevard via Brandywine Realty

First Level Erected at 3025 John F. Kennedy Boulevard in University City, West Philadelphia

The first Schuylkill Yards skyscraper now officially rises above ground at 3025 John F. Kennedy Boulevard in University City. The tower, also known as Schuylkill Yards West, is sited just to the northwest of Drexel Square. Designed by the Practice for Architecture and Urbanism and developed by Brandywine Realty Trust, the high-rise will eventually reach 361 feet and 28 stories in height, and will consist of 326 residential units and lab space. The structure is a part of the 14-acre mega-project that will change the West Philadelphia skyline, and is the latest phase in the project’s construction since the renovation of the Bulletin Building.

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2000 North Front Street. Looking northwest. September 2021. Credit: Google Maps

Permits Issued for 21-Unit Building at 2000 North Front Street in Fishtown, Kensington

Permits have been issued for the construction of a five-story, 21-unit mixed-use building at 2000 North Front Street in Fishtown, Kensington. The structure will rise at the northwest corner of Front and Norris streets, replacing a dilapidated and boarded-up three-story prewar building. The development will offer 22,992 square feet of interior space, which will include a commercial component. Features include full sprinkling and a roof deck, which will likely offer sweeping skyline views due to the structure’s relative prominence. Permits list Dr. Jerry Ginsberg as the owner, KCA Design Associates as the architect, and Tota Builders, Inc. [sic] as the contractor. Construction costs are specified at $710,000.

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Rendering of 2012 Chestnut Street. Credit: JKRP Architects.

2012 Chestnut Street Goes To Civic Design Review In Rittenhouse Square, Center City

A high-rise development located at 2012 Chestnut Street in Rittenhouse Square, Center City, is going to the Civic Design Review. Designed by JKRP Architects, the building will stand 14 stories tall, a significant height, although likely not notable enough to make for a notable skyline addition. The ground floor will hold 3,200 square feet of commercial space, adding a sizable retail addition to Chestnut. Above, there will be 156 residential units, down from the original 162. A roof deck will be situated at the top of the structure.

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912-22 Locust Avenue via Weichert

Permits Issued for 43-Unit Building at 912-22 Locust Avenue in East Germantown, Northwest Philadelphia

Permits have been issued for the construction of a three-story, 43-unit mixed-use building at 912-22 Locust Avenue in East Germantown, Northwest Philadelphia, just north of LaSalle University. The structure will stand on a 21,272-square-foot lot on the southeast side of the block between Boyer and Devon streets, rising from a 10,800-square-foot footprint and holding 32,235 square feet of interior space. The development will include two commercial spaces, a cellar, and accessory storage space (to which the permits allocate a whopping 10,745 square feet). Permits list Bobby and Joyce M. Spears as the owners, RSG Management, LLC as the contractor, and a construction cost of $1.5 million.

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