A rendering has been revealed for the 50-unit residential development at 901 Leland Street in Francisville, North Philadelphia, where construction work has recently started. Developed by Hightop Real Estate and Development, the building will rise six stories tall and will feature a commercial space located on the ground floor. In total, the building will hold 46,792 square feet of space, and cost an estimated $5 million to build. YIMBY last covered the project in September 2020, when permits were filed for the demolition of the prewar warehouse that had previously stood at the property.
The building will feature an attractive modern exterior. Gray cladding will cover the majority of the façade. Brickwork will also feature prominently in the design, rising up the structure in vertical rows. Wood-styled cladding will be used as an accent providing more texture to the exterior.
Construction work is currently underway. Excavation has progressed rapidly, clearing the site and readying it for its vertical rise. The first bits of foundation work have also begun, with concrete footers being installed at the property and more expected to be installed in the near future. Once this process is completed, the building will be ready for its vertical ascent.
The new building is replacing a small industrial garage structure that formerly stood at the site. The building featured a stately exterior, comprised almost entirely of brick, save for black trim adding extra detail to the exterior.
The new density and commercial space the project is bringing with it has now become a common trade off in the neighborhood. Industrial or vacant properties containing no residential units have been replaced with new multi-family and mixed-use buildings, improving the neighborhood scheme and creating a more vibrant area.
Philly YIMBY will continue to keep readers updated with the development’s progress.