A rendering has been released for Broad Street Flats, a seven-story mixed-use building at 701 South Broad Street in Hawthorne, South Philadelphia. Located on a 9,000-square-foot lot at the southeast corner of South Broad Street and Bainbridge Street, the structure will contain ground-floor retail space and 50 residential units above. An additional four “hotel rooms” will be included in the project, likely apartments positioned as short-term rentals. Hightop Broad Acquisition is the listed owner.
The building will replace a surface lot and a vacant structure that once operated as a KFC restaurant. In recent years, an abstract mural was painted on the exterior, enhancing its street presence. The property was listed in 2016 for $5.2 million, and sold in April for $3.9 million.
Renderings show a modern structure that will extend the “canyon effect” of South Broad Street further to the south. The building utilizes gray brick and outcroppings of gray cladding that create for a simple yet refined design. Light strips on the ground-floor frame the floor-to-ceiling windows of the retail space and further add to the modern look of the building. Perhaps the most noticeable feature of the property are the beams and outcroppings at the top of the structure.
The site sits two blocks south of the Lombard South Station of the Broad Street Line, which offers a rapid commute to Center City. Nearby Hawthorne Park provides green space.
Last Thursday, Philly YIMBY discussed several nearby developments are projected to add more than 1,500 residential units to the neighborhood. Philly YIMBY looks forward to reporting updates on these projects in the near future.