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Modular apartment building drops on 12th and Washington in South Philly

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It took three days

A Curbed Philly reader tipped us off about a new apartment building that went up at on the corner of 12th and Washington Avenue in one weekend. Sure enough, a visit to the site revealed a pre-fab, luxury apartment building that has replaced the old heating and air conditioning store and its adjacent parking lot.

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.

"[The] foreman said they were 2 weeks behind because of the DNC but that it takes about 5 weeks now for the internal hook-ups and finishing, although the whole thing is already wired.

A little digging revealed that the 10,400-square-foot site was on the market for $1.2 million back in 2014. According to city property records, it sold for $880,000 this past March to a company by the name of CSW 1200 Washington Avenue.

A trailer at the construction site had the name Westrum Coastal Homes, which is a branch of Westrum Development that builds modular homes in New Jersey. The development company is also behind the apartment complex 31 Brewerytown.

The 12th and Washington Avenue site has seen much more action than the block of South Broad and Washington the future home of Lincoln Square (west corner) and Bart Blatstein’s proposed mixed-use project (east corner).

Westrum’s website states that the apartments will be a mix of 50 studio, one-, and two-bedroom units, although L&I records say it will include 48 apartments. They'll begin leasing this fall and deliver in 2017.