Permits have been issued for the construction of a seven-unit mixed-use building at 3951 Lancaster Avenue in Mantua, West Philadelphia. The building is projected to rise four stories tall, with a commercial space to be located on the ground floor and residential units above. The building will also feature a roof deck. In total, the structure is expected to yield 10,700 square feet of interior space and cost an estimated $1.25 million to build.
The 37-foot-tall statue of William Penn atop the City Hall clock tower brings the structure to a full height of 548 feet. As YIMBY discussed in yesterday’s story, the intended south-facing direction of the statue, crafted by sculptor Alexander Milne Calder, was changed at the last minute, and for nearly 127 years the figure has faced northeast. In this feature, Philadelphia YIMBY looks back at the onetime proposal to have the statue revolve around its axis so it could gaze upon the entire city.
Permits have been issued for the construction of a three-story, three-unit multi-family building at 2204 North Marshall Street in North Philadelphia East near Temple University. The structure will span a ground footprint of 1,500 square feet and will contain 3,388 square feet of interior space, which translates to an average of 1,128 square feet per apartment. The development will feature full sprinkling, a basement, and a roof deck, which will offer open skyline vistas due to a lack of significant nearby obstructions. Permits list Church Inc. Pleasantview Baptist [sic] as the owner, Christopher Menna as the design professional, and JPL Construction Inc. as the contractor. General construction costs are listed at $180,000.
The statue of William Penn has stood at the very top of Philadelphia City Hall in Center City for well over a hundred years, facing northeast. The large figure of the Quaker was crafted by sculptor Alexander Milne Calder, who also produced the smaller statues just above the clock house and around the entire building. The 548-foot-tall Philadelphia City Hall was designed by John McArthur Jr. and Thomas Ustick Walter, renown architects of their time. In this feature, Philadelphia YIMBY takes a look back at the original southern direction the statue was supposed to face and at the subsequent change.
Permits have been issued for the construction of a pair of multi-family buildings at 2108 and 2110 North Marshall Street in North Philadelphia East near Temple University. Each building will rise three stories and will contain three residential units, with a total of six new apartments. Each will span a ground footprint of 954 square feet and will contain 2,862 square feet of interior space, translating to an average of 954 square feet per apartment. Both buildings will feature full sprinkling and roof decks, which promise to provide sweeping skyline views due to a lack of significant nearby obstructions. The permits are the latest in a series of recent development announcements for the North Central Philadelphia district that was hit particularly hard by depopulation and demolitions in the postwar period.