Excavation equipment has been spotted on site at 1823 Callowhill Street in Franklintown, North Philadelphia. Designed by Wulff Architects, the building will rise six stories tall and will feature 57 residential units, according to a CDR filing from last April. A 5,000 square foot fresh food market will be located on the ground floor, as well as two commercial spaces, with one holding 1,500 square feet of space, and the other with 680 square feet of space. No parking space is planned for the property, which makes sense given its location that is within walking distance of many Center City destinations.
Renderings show a modern structure that will stand out as the largest building on the block once completed. The exterior utilizing a mixture of different colored cladding, with a gray color being used primarily. Additionally, black cladding will be situated on prominent sections of the building, and is one of the most noticeable features of the design. White cladding is used as an accent to the building, located in certain sections of the façade.
The ground floor create a pleasant street presence, with large windows meeting the sidewalk, as well as a sizable quantity of street trees which will cast shade onto the sidewalk. Lastly, the building’s shape will allow for a courtyard to be situated adjacent to the street, and will offer a pleasant outdoor space to the surrounding area.
Excavation equipment is now located on site, which hints at work to potentially begin soon. If it gets underway, the building will transform the block and add more life and density to the surrounding area, helping support the businesses already located there as well as adding more on the ground floor of the project.
No official completion date is known at this time, although if work starts soon, which seems possible, the development could reach completion sometime in late 2022 or early 2023.