A zoning permit has been issued for the construction of a multi-family structure at 3317 North 16th Street in the Temple University Hospital area in North Central Philadelphia. The building will rise 45 feet high and will replace a vacant lot on the east side of the block between West Westmoreland Street and Ontario Street. No unit count has been specified, though the proposed footprint of 2,389 square feet suggests a structure larger than the average for the block. 16th Street Capital Partn. is the listed owner.
In the prewar period, the block consisted of a dense rowhouse ensemble. Since that time, around half of the structures have been demolished, yet those that remain are more ornate than the average Philadelphia rowhouse, as they sport orange brick facades, bay windows at the second and third floors, and Baroque-inspired parapets with various curved elements.
The new development will rise next to one of such structures. Although contemporary architecture rarely matches the degree of refinement of its historic predecessors, the added density boost will be a positive for the block, which has not seen any new construction since the end of World War II.
More construction may be expected on the surrounding lots in the near future, as it is located within a short block of the Temple University Hospital, which is the catalyst for an ongoing minor construction boom in the neighborhood. In addition, the site sits within a seven-minute walk to the Allegheny Station on the Broad Street Line, which offers a five-minute ride to Temple University and a ten-minute commute to Center City.
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