Rendering of 5303 Chester Avenue. Credit: Lo Design Co.

Permits Issued for 5303 Chester Avenue in Kingsessing, West Philadelphia

Permits have been issued for a new multi-family development at 5303 Chester Avenue in Kingsessing,  West Philadelphia. Designed by Lo Design Co., the new building will rise three stories tall. There will be nine residential units within the structure, each expected to be an apartment. In total, there will be 6,847 square feet of space within the building. Construction costs are listed at $1,027,050 to build.

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2051-77 Ridge Avenue. Photo by Jamie Meller. April 2022

Construction Underway at 2051-77 Ridge Avenue in Cecil B. Moore, North Philadelphia

A recent site visit by Philly YIMBY has revealed significant construction progress at a large mixed-use development at 2051-77 Ridge Avenue in Cecil B. Moore, North Philadelphia. The project will consist of a pair of four- and three-story buildings with commercial space on the ground floor and residential units above. Public space along Ridge Avenue and parking lot at the block interior will also be included. Permits list the Philadelphia Housing Authority as the owner and Ernest Bock & Sons, Inc. as the contractor.

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1442 North Hollywood Street. Photo by Jamie Meller

Construction Pending at 1442 North Hollywood Street in Brewerytown, North Philadelphia

In January 2021, Philly YIMBY reported that permits have been issued for a single-family residence at 1442 North Hollywood Street in Brewerytown, North Philadelphia. More than a year later, YIMBY’s recent site visit revealed that construction has not yet started at the currently vacant site. Designed by KCA Design Associates, the development will consist of a three-story rowhouse that will span 2,312 square feet and feature full sprinkling, a cellar, and a roof deck, which promises to offer open skyline views due to the building’s future prominence above neighboring structures. Permits list B&I Development LLC. as the owner and BI Direct LLC as the contractor.

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Philadelphia skyline from South Street Bridge. Photo by The Philadelphia Inquirer

Observing The Construction Of Mellon Bank Center and Two Liberty Place

In 1984, plans were approved for the first office tower to rise above the unwritten Gentleman’s Agreement height above the statue of William Penn. One Liberty Place broke ground in 1985 and was under construction until the end of 1987, starting a new construction boom for the city that revitalized the city’s skyline. One Commerce Square had topped out the summer before One Liberty Place rose, but, shortly after the completion of One Liberty Place, the structure of the Independence Blue Cross Tower joined the skyline. By the end of 1988, the Bell Atlantic Tower was also rising, eventually bulking up the skyline by 1989.

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