Façade work is nearing completion on The Columbia, a five-story, 17-unit development at 1421-23 Columbia Avenue in Fishtown, Kensington. Designed by Coscia Moos Architecture and developed by Khosla Properties, the project yields over 19,000 square feet and a mixture of studios and one- and two-bedroom apartments, as well as five parking spaces and a roof deck with panoramic views of the skyline.
The building turned out just as rendered, with large windows and dark gray cladding on the upper four floors. A protruding section on the main elevation breaks up the uniform massing. The modern design matches the style of the white-clad townhomes to its left and contrasts with the prewar brick structures to its right.
The building is located just off the Frankford Avenue commercial corridor, which offers a wide array of restaurants and businesses. It is also situated just a block and a half away from Palmer Park, one of the largest green spaces in the area, and sits between the Girard and Berks stations on the Market-Frankford SEPTA line, which offer rapid transit access to Center City.
The neighborhood has seen many multi-family structures constructed in recent years. In the photos below, a number of such projects can be seen in the foreground lining Frankford Avenue. Farther back, tower cranes can be seen for the massive Piazza Terminal development under construction in Northern Liberties. Farther yet are the skyscrapers of Center City.
Original estimates projected the building to be completed in the first quarter of 2020. Completion is anticipated in the coming months.