Permits have been issued for the construction of two multi-family developments at 900 North 8th Street in Poplar, North Philadelphia. The larger of the buildings will be situated at 901-965 North 9th Street. The building will rise five floors tall and include a commercial space. 152 residential units will be situated within the building with each set to be an apartment according to the permit. The structure will be separated into multiple wings and connected by a pedestrian walkway. In total, the building will hold 118,541 square feet of space. Construction costs are estimated at $11,854,100. The other structure will be situated at 900-18 North 8th Street, and will also rise five stories tall. A commercial space will be included in the building, as well as 60 residential units, with each planned to be an apartment according to the permit’s listing. A roof deck is planned on the building at the second floor. Twelve surface parking spaces will be included with the building, with two set to be accessible. Additionally, the building will also have 20 bike spaces. In total, the structure will hold 48,275 square feet of space, with construction costs estimated at $4,827,500.
Previously, the proposed development planned for the properties was projected to be high-rise construction with the tallest structure rising up to 12 stories tall. Featuring a primarily brick design, the towers would have created a unique canyon effect around the regional rail train viaduct which runs directly to the west of the properties.
It is now clear that the development plans have been downsized, although the project still includes a high number of residential units and commercial space that will still be a boost to the area. The properties currently sit vacant and are holding equipment for the neighboring Poplar, the large multi-family conversion of a former industrial property developed by Post Brothers. Currently, the property does not live up to the full potential of the land, and the new development will take advantage of the large amount of space by successfully adding a high amount of density to the area.
Post Brothers will be behind the development, which is rumored to be named “The Delilah.” No completion date is currently known for the project, but YIMBY will share more information as it comes to light.