Foundation work is making steady progress at Oxford Row, a townhouse development rising at 1408-18 East Oxford Street in Fishtown, Kensington. Designed by Ambit Architecture, the development will add seven new homes to the neighborhood, each rising four stories tall. A small drive aisle will cut the row into two parts, allowing for access to a small parking lot that will provide spaces for residents.
Construction work is making steady progress at an 88-unit mixed-use development at 171 North 2nd Street in Olde Kensington, North Philadelphia. Designed by Stuart Rosenberg Architects and developed by Brick Capital, the building rises six stories tall, and will feature two ground-floor commercial spaces, as well as 32 parking spaces. Amenities will include a fitness center and a roof deck, which promises to offer extensive skyline views.
For nearly 35 years, the Philadelphia skyline has been dominated by skyscrapers rising well above 500 feet in height. The idea to breach of the height limit informally established by the 548-foot-tall pinnacle of City Hall, also known as the “Gentlemen’s Agreement,” surfaced in 1984. The first tower to rise above the limit was One Liberty Place, a daring structure for the time that rises 945 feet and 61 stories above ground at 1650 Market Street in Center City. The project was designed by Helmut Jahn of Murphy/Jahn and developed by Rouse and Associates (which eventually became Liberty Property Trust), and was completed in 1987. In this feature, Philadelphia YIMBY takes a look back at when One Liberty Place passed the statue of William Penn on top of City Hall.
Excavation work is making steady progress at The Skylar, a mixed-use development underway at 1601 Frankford Avenue in Fishtown, Kensington. Designed by Ambit Architecture and developed by Stamm Development Group, the new building will stand three stories tall, span 5,910 square feet, and feature ground-floor commercial space, four residential unit, a cellar, and a roof deck. In total, the building is expected to cost an estimated $1.15 million.
Demolition work is making steady headway at 1700-30 North Howard Street in Olde Kensington. Designed by Coscia Moos Architecture, the newly renovated and expanded building will rise six stories, with an attractive commercial space on the ground floor in the existing industrial structure. The development will hold 103 residential units and parking for 35 cars and 50 bicycles. In total, the structure will hold 90,405 square feet of space. Construction work will cost an estimated $13.8 million.