A decade from now, the face of University City will be one lined with new features and high-rise development. Most recently, Drexel celebrated the completion of its new $92M 12-story LeBow Hall at 32nd & Market. The school has a green roof, a Green Globe certificate and includes LeBow College’s five centers.
In the past. Image by Chris Cowen
Two years ago, the new LeBow building was the site of Matheson Hall, a standard square institutional building. We’ve covered the process from demolition, to the release of the designs of the structure that includes four stories fronted by all glass, through the construction process, and now to completion.
Glass plus a tower
Drexel has been busy building new facilities and announcing plans to construct new buildings. A month ago,…
It’s been almost two years since we’ve last thought about 2017-23 Chestnut St., a building that’s sat vacant since 1991. When we last checked in on the former YWCA annex, we brought you the wonderful news that the PRA was finally selling the property to Aquinas Realty Partners for a price of $800K. Zoning approval was given in 2012, and the sale finally went through earlier this year. About a week ago, a reader sent us a photo that tells us that the project is finally moving forward.
Demolition notice, a little blurry
Clear shot of the entire building
Two years ago, we thought that the developers would be building an addition onto the existing building. Plans apparently changed, and now the plan is to demolish the entire structure. In its…
It’s been nearly another year, making for an almost two-year tale, since we checked in on development at the former venetian blind factory at 916-24 Green St. in the West Poplar or “Spring Arts” neighborhood. Last January the building’s cathedral top and dormers had been sliced off, and as of this November a third story had been added to the building and construction was progressing.
Two years back
The other day
When we last explored this redevelopment, we were confused by the zoning notice that sought to separate the structure into five separate homes, demolish the two story rear of the existing building, and rebuild it as a three story structure with car ports in the backs of the houses. We’re still not sure how that applies to this project, as it looks like a straightforward…
Last week, we told you about a new hole we spotted near 17th & Diamond that will soon turn into new student rentals near Temple. Today we have some other projects to tell you about nearby, buildings which we would also wager will eventually contain Temple students. First, we look at the northeast corner of 18th & Monument, where a new quadplex has been framed out. Across the street on 18th are a bunch of buildings that have gone up in recent years.
Looking west on Monument
After turning onto 18th Street, you see these rentals
As you continue up 18th Street toward Berks, you spot two other projects. On the southwest corner of the intersection is a future triplex with some “commercial space” planned…
Several projects in the Logan Square neighborhood have progressed some since we’ve last visited, so we figured it was time for some updates. Here we go!
Back in June, the Patriot Parking building at 206-12 N. 22nd St. was being demolished. The old structure is long gone, and construction has been going on here for the past couple of months. When developer Michael Carosella of C&R is finished here, five new high-end homes will be found on this spot. Obviously, there’s stll plenty of work to be done here. But progress is progress.
In the past
Current view. Walls are starting to go up.
Only a block away, an even larger project is finally moving forward. Back in May, a former School District building on the northwest corner of 21st & Race was…
Last week, we told you about Teaful Bliss relocating from 11th & Spring Garden to the corner of 28th & Cambridge, in Brewerytown. When we were up there snapping photos and grabbing a tasty cup of tea, we noticed a touch of new construction just down the block. If you visited the 2700 block of Cambridge Street a couple of years ago, you would have probably been struck by the number of vacant homes on the block. While several remain, at least one has disappeared in recent months.
In the past
LJR Investments Inc. bought both of these properties last year. As you can see, the vacant home has been demoed and the previously vacant lot is now gone. Both lots have seen new single-family homes framed out, which should be finished in the coming months.…