Exterior work is nearing completion at 1868 Frankford Avenue, a five-story, 21-unit mixed-use development rising in Fishtown, Kensington. The new building will feature an approximately 5,500-square-foot retail space on the ground floor, with residential space will be situated above. The project is proceeding as-of-right due to the planned fresh food market on the ground floor, which allows for a height and density bonus.
The rendering of the development shows a modern exterior. Gray brick makes up the majority of the façade, with floor-to-ceiling windows on the ground floor and smaller windows on the upper floors. Two rows of balconies rise up the structure on the Frankford Avenue side of the building.
The building underwent a design change somewhere in the pre-construction process. It now retains the same general shape as the original plans, but while renderings show a gray brick exterior, the structure now dons red brick with gray siding at the rear. The above picture shows the Norris Street side of the building, as well as the Blair Street facade, though the Frankford Avenue side also features the same red-brick façade. The balconies are still included in the design.
The new building replaces a car wash facility formerly called the New City Car Wash. The business operated out of a single-story structure that was set back from the street and surrounded by a paved lot, and included a curb cut on the sidewalk. The new building is a major improvement for the site, as it sits on a major commercial corridor and will bring a pedestrian-oriented retail space as well as a significant residential density improvement by adding 21 residential units to the site.
Transit access is offered via the Berks Station on the Market-Frankford Line, located just a couple of blocks away.