Permits have been issued for the construction of a 15-unit multi-family building at 1103 South 47th Street in Squirrel Hill, West Philadelphia. Designed by Designblendz, the building will rise four stories tall. A commercial space will be located on the ground floor and a roof deck will be included at the top of the structure. In total, the building will hold 20,771 square feet of space and cost an estimated $2.6 million to build.
The development will feature a stately exterior in a traditionally inspired style that pays tribute to the traditional prewar buildings in the neighborhood. Brick is prevalent on the exterior, covering a large portion of the structure. The building meets the sidewalk with a small row of cast stone. Meanwhile, on the fourth floor at the top of the structure, a black-shingled mansard roof with a set of dormer windows provides additional texture to the design. The building’s three front-facing balconies will be cantilevered from the structure.
The new building will replace an attractive, albeit worn-out, historic structure. The building boasted an appealing brick exterior with a detailed cornice and a grand circular corner window. The building is one of the architectural gems of the neighborhood, but because of its condition, demolition may be the most practical way forward for the property.
Ten of the building’s residential units can be built by right with a mixed-income bonus allowing for an additional five units. The development will help improve the surrounding area by replacing a vacant building, providing a new commercial option for surrounding residents, and adding necessary affordable housing that will help maintain balance in the neighborhood’s housing market.
A completion date is not known for the project at this time.