A zoning permit has been issued for the construction of a multi-family building at 1423 North 8th Street in Ludlow, North Philadelphia. The structure will replace a vacant lot on the east side of the block between Master Street and Jefferson Street. The building will span a footprint of 873 square feet and will feature a roof deck. The Philadelphia Housing Authority is the listed owner.
The building will fill a street wall gap between a three-story rowhouse to the north and a two-story residential structure to the south. The three-story, brick-clad rowhouse typifies the neighborhood’s prewar building stock, which was devastated during a period of depopulation and demolitions in the postwar era. By contrast, the apartment building to the south is traditionally styled yet is set back from the street, displaying an arrangement rare in the prewar period yet common throughout the neighborhood in the ensuing years.
Fortunately, most new small-scale construction around the city is reverting to the traditional urban model where the front façade is aligned with the sidewalk, recreating the original street wall. It is likely that this style of construction will be employed at the site, as well.
Construction has been picking up across the neighborhood in recent years, and we will likely see more development proposals in the near future, given the area’s abundance of development-ready land as well as proximity to Temple University to the northwest (which is located within a 12-minute walk from the site) and a short commute time to Center City to the south.