A demolition permit has been filed at 2449 East Westmoreland Street, located in the Port Richmond neighborhood in Kensington. The permit calls for the removal of two low-rise buildings currently occupying the site. 909 Group L P is listed as the owner.
One building is a single-story, brick-clad mechanic shop at the northern corner of East Westmoreland and Gaul streets, with an adjoining two-story, industrial-style garage on East Westmoreland Street. At one point, the structure held a certain historic industrial charm, with its second-floor pulley hoist, corbelled brick projections at the corners, and a delightful horse-and-horseshoe decorative band atop the side garage, which persists to this day. However, alterations and dereliction over the years led to the structure’s current lack of preservation value.
The other building is a ranch-style, blue siding-clad house on Gaul Street with an attached garage. Even fewer redeeming words can be said for this structure.
The site sits at the junction of a traditional rowhouse neighborhood and a series of sprawling strip malls at Aramingo Avenue to the northeast. In the future, these “big box” stores and large parking lots would make for a fine location for dense, mixed-use, pedestrian-friendly development that would serve the surrounding residential district more effectively than the current suburban-style enclave does.