Wondering what new and exciting projects are coming up in Philadelphia? Check out the below!
The mega developer, Blatstein, didn’t receive a great response from the local community for its proposed project on the northeast side of Washington Ave. and S. Broad St. But the proposal for the site on the northwest side, developed by Alterra Property Group & MIS Capital LLC., seems to be getting a more positive response. Lincoln Square will be an 8 story mixed used building with 356 apartments, 74,000 sqft of retail space, and a 360 space parking garage. The project will also incorporate the historic Philadelphia-Wilmington-Baltimore Railroad train shed which will be turned into retail space.
In my previous blog, “Philadelphia’s Ever Changing Skyline”, I featured the new modern apartment building at 205 Race St in Old City. But this isn’t the only new apartment building coming to this historic area. A 216 unit apartment building has been proposed for the site at 401 Race St (corner of N. 4th St & Race St). The four story building will include 1st floor retail and commercial space and onsite parking.
Old Kensington — New Kensington
Two new mixed use projects are slated for the Kensington neighbor of Philadelphia, which in recent months has seen new vibrant revitalization. The first at 1222 N. 2nd St (between Girard Ave & Thompson St), from Harman Deutsch Architects & Blackstone Development, is to be a unique live-work concept building. The project consists of a parking garage & bike spaces, eight “loft” style live-work spaces & several commercial spaces on the first floor. The living spaces are a mixture of 78 studio, 1, & 2 bedroom units, all featuring their own balconies along with a green roof and terrace on the 4th floor. This is unique for the city, especially for a project of this size.
The second proposed project is located at 1525 N. American St (between Oxford St & Jefferson St). Also designed by Harman Deutsch Architects, Techadelphia, as the project has been so artfully named, will consist of 12,131 sqft of space on the 1st floor with creative work-spaces for young entrepreneurs, a restaurant, and other commercial use. The 2nd through 4th floors will be comprised of 46 units for these entrepreneurs (read more in the link below), a community roof deck, gym, & lounge on the 5th floor, and 18 three story single family homes with garages on the same lot. These unique projects aren’t for everyone, I admit, but they do represent what transformation is coming for this neighborhood.
18 West Girard Ave., the recently demolished day care, is being replaced by a 4 story mixed used apartment building designed by JRK Partners. The plan calls for retail on the first floor and 15 apartments above. JKR confirmed that the projected is scheduled to start this spring season and will be completed by the end of the year. The new building is less than a block away from the Girard Ave. stop, along the Market Frankford Line, and within a block of some of Fishtown’s best cafes, restaurants, and bars!
(source: JKR Partners- email correspondences; http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/fishtown/day-care-demolished-new-building-coming-in-its-place)