Two zoning permits have been filed for construction of a pair of three-story, single-family residences on two adjoining lots at 2147 and 2149 Cross Street in the Point Breeze neighborhood in South Philadelphia. The pair would replace a fenced-in garden at 2174 and a vacant lot at 2149, wedge-shaped due to its location at the confluence of Cross Street, South 22nd Street, and the diagonal Point Breeze Avenue. LK Builders LLC is listed as the owner for both properties.
The proposed three-story height projects slightly above the prevailing two-story height in the rowhouse-lined neighborhood. As such, the planned roof decks will offer sweeping views of the city in all directions, notably with the skylines of Center City and University City to the north and the suspended spans of the Benjamin Franklin and Walt Whitman bridges to the east.
If the unlikely chance that the proposal at 2149 would require vehicular access, we hope that the planners would reserve such access for Cross Street, because the Point Breeze Avenue frontage is ideal for a small triangular plaza, which have been incorporated at many similarly-shaped intersections. Such a plaza would provide a small but important green space both for the local residents and patrons of the shops and restaurants just to the north on Point Breeze Avenue.