A zoning permit has been filed for the construction of an eight-unit residential structure at 203-09 Diamond Street in Norris Square, North Philadelphia. Also known as 203-09 Diamond Street, the lot sits at the northeast corner of Diamond Street and North Philip Street. The attached structure will span a 719-square-foot footprint, rise up to 38 feet high (not including pilot houses) and feature a roof deck. Blackrock Capital LLC is the listed owner.
The development will replace a single-story vehicle maintenance facility with a fenced-in parking lot in the front. The structure holds no historic or artistic value, except for a rather wholesome mural facing North 2nd Street depicting international cooperation. The mural was painted as a youth works project in 1996.
Norris Square has seen almost no new development for the majority of the postwar period, yet construction has picked up pace over the past few years, in part due to the neighborhood’s proximity to hubs like Temple University, located within a 15-minute walk to the west, and Fishtown and Northern Liberties to the south and southeast.
The development is situated within close reach of both green space and mass transit. Norris Square Park is located two short blocks to the east and the Berks station of the Market-Frankford SEPTA line sits within a 10-minute walk to the southeast.