A zoning permit has been filed for the construction of a new structure at 1509 West Cumberland Street on the northern outskirts of the Temple University area in North Philadelphia. The filing follows a permit filed in December 2019 calling for the demolition of the three-story pre-war rowhouse at the site, which has sat abandoned for at least a decade. Rich and Vis Investments is listed as the owner.
1509 West Cumberland Street sits several blocks north of Temple University. In the post-war period, the neighborhood was hit particularly hard by depopulation and abandonment. The empty lot next to 1509 West Cumberland Street is one of many that persist across the surrounding blocks.
The past two decades have witnessed a considerable revival, driven by private developers capitalizing on the university’s students’ ever-growing housing needs. As such, it is likely that the new development would target to tap into this lucrative demographic.