Renderings have been revealed for Comly Commons, a six-story mixed-use building at 1825 East Boston Street in East Kensington. The development will consist of an overbuild (a vertical extension) above existing structures, as well as a new addition. Designed by SgRA Architecture, the structure will contain 139 residential units, 28 of which will be classified as affordable, as well as industrial and maker space. Amenities in the building will include a community garden, a roof deck, and a dog run.
The brick façades of the existing buildings will be preserved, with the overbuild adding a modern flair to the design. White cladding will be utilized primarily, with gray and black accents. The structure will feature a unique shape, with an angled wall at the top. The central courtyard will house a garden and a mural.
New street trees will add greenery to the area and will cast shade on the sidewalk, thus making the area more pedestrian friendly, which is especially important here given its close proximity to mass transit (the York-Dauphin station on the Market-Frankford Line). In recent years, the area around the station has seen a massive quantity of residential units arriving via modern mixed-use and multi-family buildings. Preservation and renovation of the existing buildings at the site is a boon to the surrounding neighborhood, and the addition of 139 residential units will help the surrounding area grow.
No completion date has been announced, though construction may be finished by 2022 or 2023.