A five-story, 160-unit residential complex has been proposed for 2630 West Girard Avenue in Brewerytown, North Philadelphia. Designed by ISA and developed by a ADCO (American Development Company) and Callahan Ward, the 127,200-square-foot development will span roughly three-quarters of the city block. The complex will include 9,300 square feet of ground-level retail, parking for 46 vehicles and 56 bicycles, two shared roof decks, and 34 private terraces.
The U-shaped building will consist of a 75-foot-tall (including bulkhead) section facing Girard Avenue, with retail at the ground floor and 42 one-bedroom and 14 two-bedroom apartments above. This section will include two shared roof decks and a 1,900-square-foot residential amenity at the second floor. Eight of the top-floor apartments will provide access to private roof terraces.
The side wings, stretching along Taney Street to the east and North 27th Street to the west, will rise four stories high and consist of attached quadplexes, each featuring duplex and triplex units (four in total), with private terraces at the top. These units will be accessed directly from the street or from the courtyard, which will also feature landscaping and parking.
The combination of a mid-rise, mixed-use retail and apartment building with densely built private residences is an increasingly common typology adapted by developments around the city, both in Center City-proximate districts such as the Delaware Avenue corridor and in suburbs with proposals such as Promenade at Upper Dublin in Dresher, PA.
2630 West Girard Avenue will be the largest recent development so far in an area that has seen a surge in construction and conversions over the past decade, including the The P.E. Church of the Covenant, built in 1888 catty-corner to the current proposal site and transformed into the apartment complex now known as North Abbey several years ago.
No completion date has been announced, but the building may be finished by 2022 or 2023.