In the 1920s, banks were looking for space in cities around the country as the economy boomed. In Philadelphia, multiple high-rises were under construction and in proposal stages as Center City was rapidly transforming. One of these financial institutions, the Philadelphia Savings Fund Society, was scouting the city for space for a new office building and eventually selected the site at 1200 Market Street, where the William Penn Charter School once stood. Architects George Howe and William Lescaze designed the PSFS Building, which stood as one of the most massive buildings in the skyline for decades. In this feature, Philadelphia YIMBY presents massing renderings of an early iteration of the that was drawn up in 1928.
Permits have been issued for the construction of a three-story, eight-unit multi-family building at 2431-33 North 7th Street in North Philadelphia East, on a stretch of the street covered in a recent YIMBY feature. The building will replace a vacant site on the east side of the block between West York Street and West Cumberland Street. The structure will span a ground footprint of 5,209 square feet and will contain 10,000 square feet of interior space, translating to apartments averaging slightly over 1,000 square feet each. Permits list Cheryl L. Palina and Michael A. Palina as the owners and JPL Construction Inc. as the contractor (the latter is also listed for three of the four buildings covered in the feature story). Construction costs are specified at $1,257,000.
The zoning board has approved Laurel Ridge, a multi-family development located at 3883 Ridge Avenue in Allegheny West, North Philadelphia. Designed by CANNOdesign and developed by Argo Property Group, the project will consist of 22 townhouses, each featuring a garage and a roof decks.
Permits have been issued for the construction of a four-story, nine-unit multi-family building at 890-92 North 42nd Street in Belmont, West Philadelphia. The development will replace a two-story residential prewar structure located on the west side of the block between Ogden Street and Westminster Avenue. The structure will feature a roof deck, which, given the future building’s prominent height above the surroundings, will offer dramatic skyline views. Permits list Philadelphia Developments LLC as the owner and contractor and Chris Menna as the design professional.
Permits have been issued for a four-story, three-unit mixed-use building at 261 South 60th Street in Cobbs Creek, West Philadelphia. The development will replace a two-story prewar building situated on the east side of the block between Irving Street and Manning Street. The retail space at the ground floor will contribute to the commercial corridor along the street, and three residential units will be located above. The structure will rise from a 900-square-foot footprint and will contain 4,472 square feet of interior space. Permits list Raphael Realty LLC as the owner, JOs. Serratore & Co. Architect Inc. as the designer, and Meir Badush of Northeast Renovations LLC as the contractor. Construction costs are listed at $630,000.