Renderings have been revealed for Walnut View At Cityplace, a 57-unit multi-family development located at 909 West Walnut Street in Allentown, PA, a city situated at the northern fringe of the greater Philadelphia metropolitan area. Upon completion, the building will rise five stories and will feature a mix of one- and two-bedroom units. Each apartment will include a washer and dryer, gourmet kitchen, walk-in closet, and energy-efficient lighting. Amenity space will be located around the corner from the development at Cityplace South, an under-construction 78-unit development that YIMBY shared with readers in March.
Renderings show a modern exterior utilizing a wide variety of cladding materials, creating a singular, cohesive design. Red brick is used throughout the ground floor and rises up the building in vertical piers, helping create a solid street presence that is contextual with other buildings around the city. Above, white cladding will cover the majority of the remaining exterior, with blue and grey cladding also present. Windows will provide a simple yet distinct design element with their relatively uniform shape and pattern.
Unfortunately, the building will replace an existing row of classic Allentown buildings that offers a variety of architectural styles. Varying facades utilize different materials, including brick exteriors similar to numerous buildings that can be found in Philadelphia. On the other hand, the new building will sit directly in front of an existing parking garage and will help hide it from the street level. As such, while the new building does a good job of disguising the garage and adding density, it is still unfortunate to see the loss of the more traditional Allentown housing stock.
Completion of the development is planned for spring 2023, suggesting that construction may begin in the near future.