Demolition Permits Filed for 5617 Kingsessing Avenue in Kingsessing, Southwest Philadelphia

5617 West Kingseeing Avenue via Google Maps

Permits have been filed for the demolition of a vacant two-story prewar rowhouse at 5617 Kingsessing Avenue in Kingsessing, Southwest Philadelphia. The former single-family dwelling will be dismantled as part of the City of Philadelphia Demolition Program. The cost of demolishing the 1,200-square-foot structure is $13,600. The owners of the property are Sydney L. Ellis and Vivian E. Ellis. Thomas Curran is the contractor.

The red-brick structure features a deep covered porch and a decorative crown with a chimney. The exterior is in a somewhat dilapidated condition, with a boarded-up entrance and windows. The permit also calls for applying stucco to the soon-to-be exposed walls at adjacent structures at 1515 and 1519 Kingsessing Avenue (editor’s note: check out how the Google Maps screenshot displays a Halloween decoration on the former, in tune with today’s holiday) and a six-foot-high, 15-foot-long chain link fence at the rear along 1515 Kingsessing Avenue.

The 13 trolley runs along Chester Avenue a block to the northwest. Independence Charter School sits a block north of the property and the S. Weir Mitchell Elementary School, located at 5500 Kingsessing Avenue, sits a block to the northeast.

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