Rendering of Innovator Village via Philly Living Team.

Graduate Hospital Takes the 26th Place on Philly YIMBY’s First Anniversary Countdown

The 26th place on Philadelphia YIMBY’s First Anniversary Countdown, which tallies the 31 most frequently listed article categories over the course of the past year, goes to Graduate Hospital, a neighborhood located in South Philadelphia that aggregated 30 category mentions during the period. The charming, pedestrian-friendly district continues to expand its real estate offerings largely via new low- and mid-rise residential construction. Many of the new buildings target an upmarket clientele and thus feature elaborate, high-end architectural design.

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Current view of 3825 Lancaster Avenue. Credit: Google.

Permits Issued for Four-Unit Building at 3825 Lancaster Avenue in Powelton Village, West Philadelphia

Permits have been issued for the construction of a four-unit multi-family building located at 3825 Lancaster Avenue in Powelton VillageWest Philadelphia. The building will rise three stories tall and hold 3,272 square feet of interior space. Construction costs estimated at $400,000. Hussein A. Kazan is listed as the design professional, with RJ Construction Services LLC specified as the contractor.

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Aerial site plan of Siena Place.

Permits Issued for Four More Single-Family Houses at Siena Place in Packer Park, South Philadelphia

Permits have been issued for the construction of additional single-family homes at Siena Place, a large development underway in Packer ParkSouth Philadelphia. Though the latest round of permits adds only four more residences, it further enhances a development that has already brought dozens of single-family homes to an untouched land parcel at the far western reaches of the neighborhood. Each of the new buildings will stand three stories tall and will feature access to a private roof deck. A garage will be included with each unit. Construction costs are estimated at $300,000 per home.

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Unfinished Liberty Place design model. Photo from Helmut Jahn

A Look at Early Iterations of Liberty Place When It Was Planned to Rise Under 500 Feet in Height

The Liberty Place complex in Center City is known for being the first building in Philadelphia to dramatically break the unofficial 548-foot height limit that was set by the statue of William Penn on top of City Hall. Upon completion, One and Two Liberty Place were the tallest skyscrapers on the skyline, standing at a height of 945 and 848 feet, respectively. The towers were designed by Helmut Jahn and developed by Rouse and Associates, which eventually became Liberty Property Trust. In this feature, Philadelphia YIMBY takes a look back at a number of early iterations of the complex when the towers were planned to stand around or under 500 feet in height.

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