West Philly Earthship and other development news from around West Philly

January 13, 2015

Here’s a roundup of some development projects going on in West Philly neighborhoods.

West Philadelphia Earthship


The Earthship is being built from recycled materials. (Photo from West Philadelphia Earthship IndieGoGo page).

A vacant lot at 675 N. 41st Street will soon become the location for the first ever urban Earthship, a completely sustainable building built from recycled materials, reports. The idea of an urban Earthship was proposed by Rashida Ali-Campbell, founder of Yeadon-based nonprofit Love, Loving, Love, Inc., and the lot owner, Thomas L. Miller, liked it so much that he donated the lot to the cause.

The West Philadelphia Earthship will house a Philadelphia branch of Love, Loving, Love, Inc., which specializes in holistic health education. The organization is planning to offer healthy-living workshops and other free community activities in their new Earthship office, according to

The foundation of the Earthship has already been laid, and the main construction is planned to start in February. It will take about six weeks to complete, but it depends on how successful the fundraising campaign for the project is. To support the West Philadelphia Earthship, go to this IndieGoGo page. For more information about this project, read’s article here

Apartments to Replace Old Mantua Church


An old Baptist church at the corner of 34th and Brandywine has been demolished to make room for an 11-unit apartment building, according to a report by Naked Philly. The late 19th century church building was purchased last year for $430,000 by Phila Rent Inc., and the apartments that will replace it will likely be used for student housing.

Here’s what renowned local journalist Inga Saffron had to say about this news:

“Topping-Off” Celebration at 3737 Chestnut Residential Tower

apartmenttowerThe construction of the 25-story residential tower, “3737 Chestnut,” is nearing it completion, and a celebration of the topping-off will take place at the site this Wednesday, Jan. 14, at 1:30 p.m. The property developer, Radnor Property Group, is “very pleased to be at this dynamic location,” according to its president, David Yeager. “This energetic, vibrant neighborhood is quickly growing into Philadelphia’s second downtown,” Yeager said in a press release.

The 276-unit building is owned by 3737 Chestnut, LP. It offers one-bedroom, one-bedroom with den, and two-bedroom apartments and caters to urban professionals and graduate students. The 3737 Chestnut project also contains 6,300 square feet of corner retail and restaurant space, with street-level areas for outdoor tables and chairs. The entire project includes the new Episcopal Cathedral Center, adjacent to 3737 Chestnut, which comprises construction of a three-story office building, a community center, an early learning childcare center, and improvements to the historic, 19th-century Cathedral building.

The project is going according to the schedule, with the move-in date for the first residents being Aug. 1, 2015. More information is available here.

3 Comments For This Post

  1. Afterglow Says:

    Very cool news about the earth ship. From my understanding though it will not be the first urban earth ship, the claimed first also being in Philadelphia at The Village Of Arts and Humanities in north Philadelphia.

  2. emma g Says:

    also, there is already an earthship built on the grounds of the North Philly Peace Park at 24th & Bolton. (near Oxford) It was built about 1 year ago…

  3. Robin Ooi Says:

    Definitely not the first earth ship to be built. Where is it about in the northern Philadelphia Afterglow?

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