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48-unit apartment building pops up at 12th and Washington

The location of a former heating and air conditioning store 12th and Washington saw a quick transformation over the weekend. A pre-fabricated apartment building from Westrum Development popped up on the lot.

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Photo by Melissa Romero from Curbed.

Curbed spotted the development, which was “constructed near Pittsburgh complete with appliances and interior finishes, then dropped onto the site via a 7-story crane.”

Once completed, the building will include 48 apartment, including studios, one bedroom and two bedroom units that will be ready in early-2017.


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According to the tipster, who spoke to the builders on site, the 5-story apartment complex went up in three days this past weekend. The units were constructed near Pittsburgh complete with appliances and interior finishes, then dropped onto the site via a 7-story crane.

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6 Responses to 48-unit apartment building pops up at 12th and Washington

  1. Anthony August 11, 2016 at 7:04 am #

    Just to follow Philly’s building code guidelines, this structure now must sit for a minimum of 24 months before any other progress can ensue. It’s an absolute requirement to have every construction site in the city sit through at least 67 rains before it can be finished.

    In all honesty, it’s refreshing seeing a project move along at a reasonable clip. So many of the sites in the city (e.g. corner of 12th and Tasker, Broad and Federal, 12th and Catherine) just sit and sit and sit.

    • Lou_100x August 11, 2016 at 8:27 am #

      Aye, the corner of 12th & Tasker! I predict the foundation walls start to crack and crumble this winter.

    • Alex August 11, 2016 at 8:39 am #

      Helps to toughen the wooden structure up.

    • Steve August 11, 2016 at 10:51 am #

      Ha! I used to live at 11th and Bainbridge from 06-08 and saw those condos on the corner of 11th and South (the one with the Subway on the ground floor) sit for about a year and a half as unfinished wooden structures. They sat through, rain, snow, heat and whatever other elements you can think of. I watched as the wood warped each season….I guarantee those structures will have major issues in a few years.

  2. Anna Maria Vona August 11, 2016 at 10:58 am #

    Most of the time that construction sites lay fallow is because of money. Either the builders ran out of it, they encountered unanticipated structural problems that need more money to fix, or permitting issues

  3. Kat August 11, 2016 at 3:07 pm #

    The houses behind the Abbotts Square condos at 2nd and South, where there used to be a parking lot, went uncompleted for a good long time (maybe around 2002?) before work finally resumed.

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