1227 South 4th Street. Photo by Jamie Meller. March 2022

Completion Nears at 1227 South 4th Street in Dickinson Narrows, South Philadelphia

Construction work is nearing completion at a three-story single-family rowhouse at 1227 South 4th Street in Dickinson Narrows, South Philadelphia. The structure is situated on the southeast corner of the intersection of 4th and Titan streets. Designed by Harman Deutsch Ohler Architecture, the building spans 3,902 square feet and features full sprinkling, a cellar, and a roof deck. Permits list Gerard W. Haley and Saxby J. Harley as the owners and David Schwartz Construction Inc. as the contractor.

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3.0 University Place at 4101-23 Market Street. Rendering credit: The Steward Partnership

University Place 3.0 Tops Out in University City, West Philadelphia

Philadelphia’s construction boom of new medical and life-sciences facilities continues unabated, and another milestone has been reached earlier this month. Last week, University Place 3.0, an eight-story commercial and laboratory building under construction at 4101 Market Street in University City, has officially been topped out in an event celebrated with a ceremonial beam-raising and a series of speeches by prominent figures behind the project. Designed by the Sheward Partnership and jointly developed by Silverstein Properties, Cantor Fitzgerald, and University Place Associates, University Place 3.0 will offer 250,000 square feet of state-of-the-art Class A office and lab space, which will provide a significant boost to West Philadelphia’s rapidly-growing medical services industry, as well as ground-level retail space that will liven up the pedestrian experience.

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539 West Berks Street via the development team

Philadelphia YIMBY Catalogs New Single-Family Developments

Following the logical descending order of Philadelphia YIMBY’s ongoing “category spotlight” series, which looks at some of the new article categories we introduced at the start of the year, the final category among the unit-count groups goes to new single-family houses. When possible, we tend to focus on larger development, yet to property reflect the reality of the city’s real estate market, on occasion we cover a few of the numerous single-family projects that are proposed, under construction, and recently completed around the city. In his brilliant 2019 book The North Atlantic Cities, author Charles Duff calls Philadelphia as the greatest rowhouse city in the United States, putting it ahead of behemoths such as New York, Boston, and Baltimore. As most of the newly-built single-family houses are of the rowhouse variety, this category highlights the city’s enduring centuries-old vernacular tradition even if much of this new construction is styled in a contemporary manner. Please see below for a few examples from our recent publications.

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One Cathedral Square. Credit: Solomon Cordwell Buenz

Cladding Nears Completion at One Cathedral Square in Logan Square, Center City

The first phase of the two-tower Cathedral Square project is well underway as it is nearing exterior completion. Designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz and developed by Exeter Development Group and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, One Cathedral Square at 1701 Race Street rises near the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Logan Square, Center City. The glass and concrete tower stands 245 feet and 23 stories tall. Just to the north, the large parking lot will be transformed into a second tower, which will stand 470 feet tall.

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