Permits have been issued for a mixed-use renovation of an existing building at 3911-19 North 5th Street in Hunting Park, North 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.
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.