Renderings Revealed for 1700 North Front Street in Fishtown, Kensington

1700 North Front Street. Credit: NORR1700 North Front Street. Credit: NORR

Renderings have been revealed for a 204-unit mixed-use development at 1700 North Front Street in FishtownKensington. Designed by NORR, the building will rise five stories tall and will feature 172,844 square feet of interior space, with 123,218 residential square feet, an additional 5,264 square feet of space reserved for amenities, and a ground-floor commercial space spanning 16,429 square feet. The residences will include 28 studios, 141 one-bedroom, and 35 two-bedroom units. The development will also include 70 bicycle spaces.

1700 North Front Street. Credit: NORR

1700 North Front Street. Credit: NORR

1700 North Front Street. Credit: NORR

1700 North Front Street. Credit: NORR

The building will boast a stately exterior largely comprised of brick. A tiered cornice adds extra detail. Curiously, large sections of blue and green cladding interrupt the otherwise uniform brickwork, which add a certain minimalistic extravagance to the design, though they appear somewhat out of place on the structure. Floor-to-ceiling windows will be located in the ground floor at the commercial space, while large, industrial-styled windows will feature on the upper floors.

Aerial view of the site. Credit: NORR.

Aerial view of the site. Credit: NORR.

The building site is bounded by Front Street to the east, Hope Street west, Cecil B. Moore Avenue to the south, and Palmer Street to the north, taking up the entirety of the block. The site was formerly occupied by a large surface lot, though now the lot is used as outdoor dining space by a nearby restaurant, and an outdoor workout area for a nearby gym. It is a popular destination for the surrounding community and its loss will be unfortunate loss for many local residents.

On the other hand, the new building will make for much more effective use of the space, adding 204 residential units at a prime location in a developing neighborhood. The lack of parking in the project is not overly concerning, either, given its proximity to the Market-Frankford Line and location in a walkable and bicycle-friendly neighborhood. However, certain slight tweaks may further improve the project.

The overall design would benefit from brickwork extended to the entirety of the façade. Additionally, if the building’s footprint was shrunk and a sixth floor was added, the building would be able to retain the same amount of density while creating a green space along Cecil B. Moore Avenue, which would compensate local residents for the loss of the existing open space at the site. However, the project will still very likely be a net posit be for the surrounding neighborhood and businesses regardless of these changes.

Rendering of 1700 North Front Street. Credit: NORR.

Rendering of 1700 North Front Street. Credit: NORR.

Philly YIMBY will continue to track progress made on the development in the future.

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5 Comments on "Renderings Revealed for 1700 North Front Street in Fishtown, Kensington"

  1. Assume this is a by right and developers will have to go to CDR before picking up permits at ZBA .

    Someone must have laced the architect’s coffee with something as he put SEPTA Regional Rail Silverliner IV on the MFL track instead of the correct MEL trains!

  2. The brickless facades look like they forgot to be rendered with materials….or is it a budge decision to not have a material in those facades?

  3. Beyond a very generic rendering, placing commuter rail on the Market-Frankford Line is ignorant and insulting to the neighborhood and the city.

    As much as I appreciate the effort, I am not impressed.

  4. How can anyone be proud of this building? Who is excited for this to be built, to be a sad eyesore for the neighborhood to bear for decades? This is a massive, prominent site that has extraordinary potential. This is barely more than an extruded floor plan with no sense of hierarchy, context, or function. I never thought I’d say this…but I hope this design is a just a by product of developer greed to cut costs, rather than aesthetic choices made by NORR. Every project like this that gets built by right or approved by CDR sets a dangerous precedent for future development.

  5. So mediocre

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