Site prep activity has been spotted at 316-20 South 11th Street in Washington Square West, Center City. Nine townhomes are expected at the site. The project involves the demolition of an existing three-story parking garage. Demolition permits were issued in late January, so progress has been relatively slow since that time.
The proposed homes will feature elegant and stately exteriors that will fit well into their surroundings. Comprised almost entirely of white brick, the homes will stand taller than other typical structures in the surrounding neighborhood. An attractive detailed cornice will be situated at the pinnacle of each building with another situated toward the middle each structure’s height. Large, industrial-style windows will allow for an abundance of natural light to reach the interiors. Between certain windows, gray cladding will be utilized adding more contrast to the design, while tan-white colored siding located at the rear of the homes will also contribute more texture.
It should be noted that the parking garage is not the typical type structure that likely comes to mind. The attractive building features a brown-brick exterior with large windows and a crown facing 11th Street. Small details are included throughout the building’s exterior, something that definitely separates the garage from the other parking garages that are more typically hulking concrete structures.
At the time the demolition permits were issued, the garage was still in use. This is no longer the case as there are no cars parked within the building anymore. Access to the building’s interior has been blocked off with caution tape, and chain link fence segments suggest more serious demolition work could potentially begin soon. Also, certain windows have been uninstalled from the building, prepping it for further demolition.
No completion date is known for the project at this time.
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That’s a pretty attractive parking garage.. too bad they choose not to renovate it into lofts.
Are they removing windows from soon to be demolished garage for repairs and installation in the soon to be built buildings?
What a poor use of space. Nine single-family homes on that huge piece of land! Some sort of mixed-use apartment complex would be much better for the neighborhood. We don’t need more large expansive properties that only benefit the wealthiest residences in the city.