Permits Issued for 10-Unit Building at 3935 Lancaster Avenue in Mantua, West Philadelphia

Current view of 3935 Lancaster Avenue. Credit: Google.Current view of 3935 Lancaster Avenue. Credit: Google.

Permits have been issued for the construction of a 10-unit mixed-use development at 3935 Lancaster Avenue in MantuaWest Philadelphia. Upon completion, the new building will rise four stories tall and will feature a commercial space on the ground floor. The structure will hold 13,500 square feet of space and will cost an estimated $2 million to build.

Current view of 3935 Lancaster Avenue. Credit: Google.

Aerial view of 3935 Lancaster Avenue. Credit: Google.

The new structure will be replacing an existing mixed-use structure. The building stands three stories tall at its highest point. The building is a row house attached to a one floor building to make for a large ground floor commercial space occupied by a laundromat, and two floors of residential space above.

While the building already helped contain an urban commercial street format, the new building will simply improve it. A commercial space will still be included on the ground floor, although the building on the site will now stand four stories tall, increasing the height, and allowing for greater density that will be beneficial to the corridor.

The property is well served by transit as the Route 10 Lancaster Avenue Trolley runs directly in front of the project. The corridor is poised to take off as one of Philadelphia’s leading neighborhood commercial centers in future years, and this project will simply help with the kickstart of this.

No completion date is known for the project at this time.

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3 Comments on "Permits Issued for 10-Unit Building at 3935 Lancaster Avenue in Mantua, West Philadelphia"

  1. At 3935 Lancaster Avenue, you’ll enjoy fresh donuts across the street.

    As mentioned, this property is served by SEPTA trolley route 10 to Center City to the east, West Philadelphia to the west with departures every 4-12 minutes.

    With news of recent shootings plaguing West Philadelphia, this neighborhood may not be a desirable location.

  2. Craig M. Oliner | July 6, 2021 at 10:43 am | Reply

    Sounds like a serious upgrade to a rapidly developing section of Mantua on the edge of West Powelton. Stating that West Philadelphia is not desirable is to imply that West Philadelphia is homogenous. Not so, with many gorgeous, leafy, safe and secure neighborhoods (Squirrel Hill, Cedar Park, Spruce Hill, U. City proper, Powelton, Walnut Hill, Wynnefield, Overbrook) and some not so gorgeous, safe or secure.

    Mantua and Lancaster Avenue are definitely on the upswing, with lots of residential and retail new construction and rehab. It’s a great time to live, work and play in West Philadelphia.

    • There’s allot of history with West Philadelphia.

      My personal experience stems from the 1980’s through the 1990’s.

      Does Madison Hall (Drexel University) ring a bell?

      I rode the SEPTA 10 trolley along Lancaster Avenue, have you?

      I’m sure these recent developments will make a positive impact on the area.

      I enjoy reading your comments, Craig. 😉

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