Permits have filed for the construction of a six-story mixed-use building at 4442 Ridge Avenue in East Falls, Northwest Philadelphia. Designed by Harman Deutsch Ohler Architecture, the 174,544-square-foot will yield 136 apartments as well as ground-floor commercial space fronting Ridge Avenue. Parking will be situated on the first floor and basement levels of the building.
Renderings reveal a contemporary take on traditional architecture, with a façade composed primarily of red brick. Charcoal paneling highlights several protruding sections in the massing, and the top story is clad in lighter gray paneling. The building features an orthodox fenestration, with floor-to-ceiling windows on the ground floor, providing a more inviting touch to the retail space. A number of private balconies are located throughout the structure.
The vacant plot is located in a highly prominent location, visible from not only Ridge Avenue but also Kelly Drive and the Schuylkill River Trail, which provides a green space and multi-use trail for residents. The East Falls regional rail station is located a short walk away.
The project is being managed by the How Group, and is the second phase in a project dubbed the Overlook. The first phase, now complete, consisted of a number of rowhomes.
The project will benefit the surroundings by adding density and new retail space. The stretch of Ridge Avenue is currently not particularly walkable, as it sits near highway on and off ramps from the Schuylkill Expressway. However, the addition of a large mixed-use building will foster a more urban dynamic, and the influx of new pedestrians will encourage more positive change in the neighborhood in the future.
The project is expected to cost $17.4 million to build. A completion date is not known.