Permits have been issued for the construction of a 36-unit multi-family structure at 1419 West Grange Avenue in Fern Rock (alternately Ogontz), North Philadelphia. Upon completion, the building will rise four stories tall and hold 49,989 square feet of space. The apartments will consist of 21 two-bedroom, two-bathroom, while the remains 15 will be one-bed, one-bath. The project will also include 47 parking spaces, with 34 within a gated garage, and the remaining 13 outside. Permits estimate construction costs at $5.5 million.
The building will feature a modern exterior, with gray brick used on the ground floor. Above this, gray cladding stylized with a wood texture will be the primary material, and will be framed with white cladding. The two far sides of the structure jut out slightly from the rest of the building, creating a more unique shape and an interesting design.
A solid street presence will also be brought to the site with many bushes, trees, and grass planted along the sidewalk, adding lots of greenery. The trees will offer shade, while the bushes and grass simply make the property look nicer. A wide staircase encourages residents into the building, creating an inviting atmosphere.
The new building will be replacing a large vacant, one of the only such properties existing in the neighborhood. The lot is a large field, with a small mound covere in overgrown grass that creates a meadow look. A few larger trees are scattered around the property’s exterior, and will be torn down for the building’s construction.
The new project is one of a small amount planned in the neighborhood, which is full, with many intact rows of homes. Olney Transportation Center sits just a short walk from the site, offering prime transit access to many locations throughout the city. New density will be brought with the project’s construction, and will help poise the area for more growth in the future.
No completion date is known for the project at this time.