Permits Issued for 12-Unit Building at 3911-19 North 5th Street in Hunting Park, North Philadelphia

Current view of 3911-19 North 3rd Street. Credit: Google.Current view of 3911-19 North 3rd Street. Credit: Google.

Permits have been issued for a mixed-use renovation of an existing building at 3911-19 North 5th Street in Hunting ParkNorth Philadelphia. Two commercial space will be located on the ground floor, with 12 residential units located above. The development will include an addition at the rear of the third floor, which will add extra residential space. Currently, the building houses 18,066 square feet of space, which will be expanded to 19,011 square feet upon completion. Construction costs are estimated at $400,000.

Aerial view of 3911-19 North 3rd Street’s location. Credit: Google.

Aerial view of 3911-19 North 3rd Street’s location. Credit: Google.

The building to be renovated has an appealing form, though it is in a state of disrepair. The majority of the facade is coated in tan stucco, save for bay windows that are situated at the upper two floors, which are covered with gray siding. A detailed cornice sits at the top of the structure, topping off a solid design. At the ground floor, graffiti covers select locations, such as windows and the door, showing that there will need to be steps taken to renovate the structure’s exterior and clean it up.

The development comes as a surprise, as Hunting Park is a neighborhood that is almost entirely overlooked by many developers despite its central location. The Temple University Medical Center and Broad Street sit within a short walk to the west, while the neighborhood’s namesake, Hunting Park, provides residents with a large green space to the northwest.

The density that the new project will bring to the block will help revive the 5th Street commercial corridor, and the addition of two new retail spaces will further aid in this process. If successful, it is likely that many more developments will follow around the neighborhood, particularly along the Broad Street Line corridor to the west.

No completion date is known for the project at this time, though construction may be finished by 2022 or 2023.

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4 Comments on "Permits Issued for 12-Unit Building at 3911-19 North 5th Street in Hunting Park, North Philadelphia"

  1. Not a fan of the building design.

    This property is not too far from Rising Sun & the Boulevard (Olney High School), a barbershop, a deli, with a shopping plaza on the Boulevard further between Langdon Street & Whitaker Avenue (allot of shopping).

    This property is served by SEPTA bus route 47 (Fifth Street) with departures every 13 minutes.

    Just one bus to Center City.
    That’s what I’m talking about.

    This is the heart of the city, right there! 😉

  2. Thats a mostly Spanish speaking area..i guess the locals will be priced out

    • The Messenger | July 30, 2021 at 12:59 am | Reply

      Nope, it’s just too damned far from Center City to even make waves. Even so, renovation is sorely needed for that stretch, and hopefully, the Logan Triangle can have the proper landfill, and eventually, we can see some development on the Logan Triangle.

  3. Craig M. Oliner | July 24, 2021 at 5:59 pm | Reply

    After decades of disinvestment, decline, depopulation and decay in much of North Philly, definitely delightful, divine development is no longer delayed! And it’s great to see adaptive reuse rather than demo and new construction.

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