A four-story, 166-unit development has been proposed for 1201 West Girard Avenue in Yorktown, North Philadelphia. Designed by Landmark Architectural Design LLC, the building will provide 46,071 square feet of interior space and rise around 50 feet high to the top of the parapet, and around 60 feet high to the top of the bulkhead. The project will reintroduce density to a centrally located yet sparsely built-out neighborhood and will feature a traditionally inspired design that reflects the city’s storied legacy of prewar architecture.
The development will span an entire block bound by West Girard Avenue to the south, Flora Street to the north, North 12th Street to the east, and North 13th Street to the west. The L-shaped building will rise from a 29,490-square-foot footprint and face Girard Avenue and North 12th Street, with a 31-spot parking lot in the rear.
Every apartment will combine living, dining, and kitchen areas into a single room. Each unit will feature a single bedroom, which in most units will be located in the apartment interior and will receive indirect light through windows that face hallways and living rooms rather than the outside.
The amenity roster includes an elevator, a mail room, a bike room with 80 spaces, and a modestly sized shared roof deck that overlooks a large green roof and sweeping skyline views beyond.
The development will positively boost local density, replacing a suburban-styled Rite Aid pharmacy sited within a block-sized parking lot. Traditional design of red brick and light gray cast stone emulates an aesthetic prevalent in the neighborhood in the prewar period, as does the street wall that goes up to the sidewalk line. New sidewalk plantings will further enhance the pedestrian experience.
The development is sited in a central, transit-oriented location. The 15 trolley and 23 bus run past the building along Girard Avenue. The Girard station of the Broad Street SEPTA line sits a block to the west. The Temple University campus is located several blocks to the north. Center City is located a mile to the south, within a short commute by mass transit, bike, or even on foot.
No completion date has yet been announced, but the building may plausibly be finished by 2022 or 2023.