139 West Chelten Avenue. Looking northwest. Credit: Google Maps

Permits Issued for 50-Unit Residential Building at 139 West Chelten Avenue in Germantown, Northwest Philadelphia

Permits have been issued for a five-story, 50-Unit residential building at 139 West Chelten Avenue in Germantown, Northwest Philadelphia. The development will be situated within a two- to three-block walking distance to two SEPTA Regional Rail stations, the Chelten Avenue Station to the southwest and the Germantown Station to the northeast. The ground-level retail space will contribute to the commercial corridor along which the building will be situated. The structure will span a 13,681-square-foot footprint and will feature 52,391 square feet of interior space, full sprinkling, and an unspecified number of parking spaces. Permits list Chen Yi Di and Lin Chao Ming as the owners, Gabrielle Canno as the design professional, and Tester Construction Group LLC as the contractor. Construction costs are specified at $7.7 million.

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1620 Sansom Street. Credit: Solomon Cordwell Buenz

Excavation Nearly Complete at 1620 Sansom Street in Rittenhouse Square, Center City

The excavation work is heavily underway and nearly complete at 1620 Sansom Street in Rittenhouse Square, Center City, three blocks to the south of Liberty Place. The building will stand 340 feet and 28 stories above ground. The tower is designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz and developed by the Southern Land Company, with the Hunter Roberts Construction Group, a trio that has also collaborated on the The Laurel Rittenhouse under construction nearby. The building will hold a total of 306 residential units, along with commercial space on the ground floor.

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Rendering of 2204-14 East Allegheny Avenue. Credit: VDC Studio.

Renderings Revealed for 2204-14 East Allegheny Avenue in Port Richmond, Kensington

Renderings have been revealed for a 189-unit mixed-use development planned at 2204-14 East Allegheny Avenue in Port Richmond, Kensington. The bulk of the project will be situated within a new six-story mid-rise building, which will hold 189 residential units across 146,032 square feet of space. A 17,710-square-foot commercial space will be situated on the ground floor along Allegheny Avenue. A group of 70 townhomes will comprise the rest of the block, rising three to four stories tall. Designed by VBC Studio, the complex will include 87 parking spaces, four being ADA compliant, with an additional 69 set aside for the townhomes, with three being ADA compliant.

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7619 Germantown Avenue. Credit: Morrissey Design

Looking at the 114-Unit Development Proposed at 7619 Germantown Avenue in Mount Airy, Northwest Philadelphia

Urban development is a delicate balancing act, and sometimes we must say goodbye to cherished local destinations in order to make way for a plan that is ultimately more beneficial to the community and to the city at large. One of such trade-offs is slated to occur at 7619 Germantown Avenue in Mount Airy, Northwest Philadelphia, where the Trolley Car Diner is set to meet the wrecking ball, to be replaced by a six-story, mixed-use residential development designed by Morrissey Design. Although the charming chrome, neon, mural, and freestanding trolley of the diner will be missed, the proposal at hand makes for more effective use of the site, bringing significant residential density within a two0-block walk of the Mount Airy Station of the SEPTA Regional Rail and replacing the auto-centric restaurant with pedestrian-friendly retail.

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2630 and 2632 North 11th Street. Looking west. Credit: Google Maps

Permits Issued for Two Three-Unit Buildings at 2630 and 2632 North 11th Street in Glenwood, North Philadelphia East

Permits have been issued for the construction of two three-story, three-unit residential buildings at 2630 and 2632 North 11th Street in Glenwood, North Philadelphia. The structures will rise in place of a vacant lot located on the west side of the block between West Huntingdon and West Oakdale streets. Each structure will span a 1,120-square-foot ground footprint; the building at number 2630 will hold 3,113 square feet of interior space, while its counterpart at number 2632 will feature 2,274 square feet of interior space. Each will offer a roof deck and full sprinkling. Permits list 2630 and 2632 N 11th St LLC as the owners for their respective sites, and Christopher Menna as the design professional and JPL Construction Inc. as the contractor. The total construction cost of $500,000 allocates $350,000 to general construction and $50,000 apiece for electrical, mechanical, and plumbing work.

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