Construction work is making steady progress at 3045-51 Richmond Street in Port Richmond, Kensington. Developed by Fifth Realty, the multi-family building stands five stories tall and will offer 28 residences consisting of 12 one-bedroom and 16 two-bedroom units. The development also includes 22 parking spaces.
The new building features an attractive, stately exterior with a front facade largely consumed of red brick rising up the entirety of the building. Four abutting columns of red brick also rise on the building face, adding more texture. A small cornice caps the structure which provides some more detail. Industrial-styled windows rise on the upper floor floors, rounding off the dignified design.
The building will create a decent street presence with greenery and trees planted along the sidewalk. Unfortunately, the presence of a curb cut through the center of the sidewalk taints the pedestrian experience slightly, though it is not overly detrimental to the overall appearance.
Facade work is now largely complete, with the red brick finished on all five floors and gray siding in place on the building’s side and rear walls. Window installation has also been completed. The cornice still awaits installation.
Overall, the façade came to fruition with an appearance that is very similar to the renderings. Interestingly, while the renderings showed the central bays of windows forming an all-glass expanse, it appears that a separating panel has now been put in place here, breaking the rows into two sets of individual windows. However, it is still possible that further window installation may take place in the future.
The building replaces a largely vacant lot that was used as a makeshift junkyard with vehicles and debris scatted throughout the property. A single-story building also stood at the site, styling a dilapidated facade comprised of stucco, glass, and wood shingles.
The new building is a massive improvement for the site, adding 28 residential units and a major height increase on a property that was formerly occupied by none. The density boost will support the growth of the blossoming commercial corridor where the structure stands and improves the overall aesthetic of the street.
Just next door, further development is expected to arrive, as Philly YIMBY reported on permits that were issued for a 31-unit building back in January. Between the two projects, 59 residential units are being added to the block, replacing two under-utilized properties.
Philly YIMBY will continue to track development progress in the neighborhood.