Permits have been filed for the construction of nine single-family structures at 2001-2013 Abigail Street in Fishtown, Kensington. The September filing follows a July permit to create nine lots from six lots spanning a large vacant site at the corner of Abigail Street and Coral Street. The buildings, located on parcels G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, and O, will span from footprints ranging from 546 to 763 square feet. Each building will include a roof deck. Buildings on sites J through K will also feature larger footprints (741 to 763 square feet), parking garages, and second-story decks in the rear. CCD 105 LLC is the listed owner for the combined site.
The site sits in the northern section of Fishtown (or, depending on whom you ask, outside of the neighborhood altogether), close to the Norris Square neighborhood, with the eponymous park located three short blocks to the west. Front Street runs in between, carrying the elevated Market-Frankford SEPTA line. The Berks and York-Dauphin stations sit about equidistant to the site.
The block has witnessed a dramatic transformation over the past ten years. In 2011, most of it sat vacant, except for a few remaining prewar rowhouses. As Fishtown’s real estate boom spread to the north over the next decade, the block has doubled or perhaps even tripled its housing stock with new three- to four-story townhouses. Upon completion, the structures planned at 2001-2013 Abigail Street will complete the block’s transition from mostly vacant to mostly built out, with just a few undeveloped sites left.
Greater real estate transformation is slated to arrive across the street, where the hulking Harbisons Dairy Plant at 2041-2055 Coral Street, built in 1895, has sat vacant for years. A redevelopment project designed by SgRA Architects plans to convert the historically protected building into a 55-unit apartment building, extending the structure by two stories while preserving and repainting the Harbison’s Dairy milk bottle, a water tower that doubles as a local skyline icon.