19-Unit Building Approved at 257 East Main Street in Norristown, PA

Image via Norristown.Rendering of 257 East Main Street via Norristown.

The municipal council has approved plans for a mixed-use development at 257 East Main Street in Norristown, PA, a town located near Philadelphia. Upon completion, the building will rise five stories tall and will feature a commercial space on the ground floor with 19 residential units above.

A rendering for the development is available, showing a mixture of materials with brick serving as the primary material on the bottom three floors. Here, the building will take on an industrial look, with warehouse-style windows and an attractive black cornice at the top of the building. Also used on the structure is a large amount of gray cladding, which will add a modern flare to the design. Additionally, darker gray cladding will be included on the exterior under certain windows. The upper portion of the building will still feature the same windows as well as a second cornice.

Separating the structure into two separate design segments was a good move, as the three floor brick portion of the structure forms a pleasant street presence that matches the block nicely, while the structure is still able to include a modern design through the gray cladding situated on the upper portion of the building.

Credit: Google.

View of the 257 East Main Street site. Credit: Google.

The new building will rise on what is currently a surface lot situated on Norristown’s main commercial corridor. The property is coated in the area’s downtown, and will help densify the area around the many businesses and offices located there, while also improving the commercial presence in the corridor with the addition of a retail space on the ground floor. The Norristown Transportation Center is just a short walk from the site, where transit access is offered to a variety of bus lines, as well as Regional Rail and the Norristown High Speed Line.

The project is one of multiple developments proposed in Norristown’s downtown area, and could be one of the first of the projects to reach completion. With Conshohocken booming just down the Schuylkill River, it seems as though developers may have newfound interest in Norristown in the future. If more developments are proposed in the area, the town could potentially become another construction hotspot in Philadelphia’s suburbs, along with Conshohocken and King of Prussia.


Construction is expected to begin later this year.

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