Permits have been issued for the construction of a 42-unit multi-family development at 1408-18 East Oxford Street in Fishtown, Kensington. Designed by Ambit Architecture, the building will rise four stories tall and will hold 41,211 square feet of space. The project will include 34 resident parking spaces in an accessory garage and will cost an estimated $5.25 million to build. Level Up Development is listed as the contractor.
The development will boast a stately, modern design, with tan-brown brick used throughout. Windows will be arranged evenly throughout the façade, with large floor-to-ceiling windows on the ground floor and tall, thin windows on the upper floors. Renderings also depict street trees to be planted along the sidewalk.
Perhaps the most intriguing feature is the shape of the structure’s footprint. The building will have street frontage not only on Oxford Street, but on Belgrade Street, as well. However, the project will not be located in the corner; rather, it will instead wrap around a small cluster of single-family homes, which can be seen in the above image.
The building will replace a single-story industrial structure that occupies most of the property, save for a small surface lot/loading bay along Belgrade Street. Philly YIMBY reported on the site once before, stating that permits were issued for the structure’s demolition.
It is unusual that an industrial structure lasted so long within the neighborhood, due to its close proximity to the neighborhood center on Frankford Avenue, where many new multi-family and mixed-use projects have already reached completion, with many more proposed or under construction. Adding density so close to the commercial corridor will help the street thrive in the future.
No completion date is known at this time, though construction may be finished by 202 or 2023.