Work is underway on North Liberty Triangle, a six-story, 84-unit residential development at 1102-48 North 2nd Street in the northern section of Northern Liberties, one of the most active development zones in North Philadelphia and in the entire city. Developed by Streamline, the project consists of a series of mid-rise buildings standing up to six stories, situated on an irregular site between North 2nd Street, Germantown Avenue, and Girard Avenue.
The site’s southern end sits on a narrow wedge formed by the acute-angled intersection of North 2nd Street and Germantown Avenue. The South Building, located at 1102 North 2nd Street, meets the corner with a four-story section shaped akin to the Flatiron Building in New York City, albeit with a contemporary design with dark gray brick, light gray panels, and irregularly sectioned floor-to-ceiling windows. Semi-enclosed, loggia-style balconies face the corner on floors two through four.
At the ground floor, the South Building’s wedge-shaped end features a glass-walled fitness center. The rest of the structure aligns with Germantown Avenue, with masionette apartments (units with individual street access, here branded as “townhouse condominiums”) lining exposures facing both the avenue and the landscaped courtyard, which opens onto North 2nd Street.
At its north end, the structure rises five stories and is branded as the West Building, located at 1129 Germantown Avenue. At the ground level, the West Building features vehicular access to the underground garage and the loading bay for the ground-level retail space in the North Building, situated at 1148 North 2nd Street at the corner of North 2nd Street and Girard Avenue.
The buildings also include roof decks, which overlook the predominantly low-rise neighborhood and will offer panoramic views of the city skyline.
On the south side of the bowtie-shaped intersection of North 2nd Street and Germantown Avenue, the development faces The Piazza, a similarly scaled project that rose about ten years ago on the vanguard of development in the formerly industrial zone. The Piazza proved to be a catalyst for local real estate growth, in an area where many low-rise developments have been built since and larger projects are in various stages of progress.
To the west across Germantown Avenue, a wedge-shaped, six-story, 50-unit residential building was recently unveiled at 1102 Germantown Avenue. To the south, an eight-story residential building is proposed at 1030 North American Street, which will extend the two-block long Liberties Walk to the west. Another similarly scaled building is proposed on the block further to the west.
A block east of 1102 Germantown Avenue, the Piazza Terminal is currently in progress. Post Brothers’ multi-building complex will include retail and over 1,000 residential units and will extend Liberties Walk a block to the east. A block to the south, the same developer has recently proposed a 14-story, 280-unit development at 1021 North Hancock Street.