Construction Complete on El Magnet at 1141 North Front Street in Fishtown, Kensington

El Magnet, 1141 North Front Street. Credit: ISA ArchitectsEl Magnet, 1141 North Front Street. Credit: ISA Architects

Construction has been completed at El Magnet, a mixed-use development situated at 1151 North Front Street in Fishtown, Kensington. Designed by ISA Architects, the building rises six stories tall and features 1,800 square feet of retail space on the ground floor, 43 residential units, and 13 parking spaces.

The development features a modern exterior with a blended mixture of materials that creates a cohesive and unique look. Gray steel cladding makes up the majority of the façade, though tan brick is most visible from the building’s front. Bright yellow and orange cladding features towards the center of the structure, adding texture and helping the building stand out from the street.

Current view of 1141 North Front Street. Credit: Callahan Ward.

Current view of 1141 North Front Street. Credit: Callahan Ward.

In May, an aerial image of the project’s exterior was shared on Callahan Ward’s Instagram page, which shows the progress made n the past year. The building rose quickly to its full height of six floors, a common size for new developments in the area. What is special about this particular structure is its presence over the Market-Frankford Line, where it stretches the recently formed mid-rise corridor along Front Street further south, near the junction of the line and the Interstate 95.

The project replaces a vacant property located directly adjacent to the Girard Station. This location provides residents with prime transit access, which offers a rapid commute to Center City and University City. This proximity will likely be a major draw for future residents. The density will add ridership to Philadelphia’s transit system and will help support Fishtown’s ever-growing array of local businesses and restaurants.

Current listings for the property show rents as low as $1,200 per month for what must be one of the smaller available units.

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3 Comments on "Construction Complete on El Magnet at 1141 North Front Street in Fishtown, Kensington"

  1. The link to “1151 North Front Street” results in a “Page not found (404)” error.

    I just looked at this location on Apple Maps and it is directly at the Girard Avenue station of the Market-Frankford (Blue) Line.

    Is this development strictly rentable apartments or condominium ownership?

    From the photo renders, it appears to have some sort of parking, although I am unsure of how that would work since the narrow street behind it is too narrow for any motor vehicle to safely drive through.

  2. Kind of a bait and switch design wise imo.

  3. @Brian – Apartment rentals only. Parking is accessed via Lee Street.

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