Construction Underway at 28-Unit Rental Building at 171 West Berks Street in Norris Square

171 West Berks Street. Credit: Ambit Architecture171 West Berks Street. Credit: Ambit Architecture

Construction is making steady progress at the five-story residential building at 171 West Berks Street in Norris Square. Designed by Ambit Architecture, the building will feature 28 rental units, as well as ground-level retail and nine parking spaces. At the moment, construction work appears to be nearing completion.

The building stands at a site fronted by West Berks Street to the south, West Mascher Street to the east, and Mutter Street to the west. Located on an industrial-zoned (I-2) site, the project received a zoning variance in 2016 and received a construction permit in May 2020. The single-story garage-style commercial-industrial structure that stood at the site was demolished over the course of 2020. The new building’s wooden frame was topped out around the start of this year.

The development rises near the junction of the Fishtown, Olde Kensington, and Norris Square neighborhoods, within an under five-minute walking distance to the Berks Street Station on the Market-Frankford Line. Towey Playground sits catty-corner to the southeast, and Norris Square Park is located two blocks to the north. The Temple University campus is situated within a 15-minute walk to the west.

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