Permits Issued for Seven-Unit Building at 2129 West Seybert Street in Sharswood, North Philadelphia

Current view of 2129 Seybert Street. Credit: Google.Current view of 2129 Seybert Street. Credit: Google.

Permits have been issued for the construction of a seven-unit multi-family building at 2129 West Seybert Street in SharswoodNorth Philadelphia. Upon completion, the building will rise three stories tall, will hold 6,395 square feet of space, and will feature multiple roof decks. Georges Ballouze is listed as the design professional, with Firestone LP as the contractor. Construction costs are estimated at $900,000.

Aerial view of 2129 Seybert Street. Credit: Google.

Aerial view of 2129 Seybert Street. Credit: Google.

The building will replace a vacant lot, one of many still present around the neighborhood, which was hollowed out in its postwar decline. A chain link fence separates the site from the street, with overgrown grass behind.

The removal of the vacant lot in itself will be an improvement just as significant as the addition of a multi-family building. A third-floor setback will help preserve the existing street wall on a block that consists of two-story rowhouses.

No completion date is known for the project at this time, though construction may be finished by 2022 or 2023.

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3 Comments on "Permits Issued for Seven-Unit Building at 2129 West Seybert Street in Sharswood, North Philadelphia"

  1. Susan Mandeville | September 15, 2021 at 10:47 am | Reply

    I hope the new tenants won’t mind looking at piles of garbage on both sides of the street!

  2. Vehicles parked on the sidewalk (illegal no matter what the excuse) with a street so narrow, your delivery truck will have a difficult time with law enforcement.

    Wow, just wow.

    Susan was spot on! 😉

  3. Craig M. Oliner | September 15, 2021 at 3:17 pm | Reply

    As JFK might have said about Sharswood, ask not what has been or what is now — ask what can and will be. Much of past and present Sharswood is run-down, disinvested, vacant, dilapidated, trashed (and yes, lions, tigers, bears and autos on the sidewalks). But things they are a changing. Philadelphia Housing Authority has targeted the neighborhood for extensive mixed income housing. Indeed, their new headquarters is located nearby on Ridge Avenue, providing employment opportunities. Private developers, such as those creating the current project at 2129 West Seybert Street, are increasingly investing in residential and retail.

    Sharswood is in the direct path of redevelopment, just east of Brewerytown, north of Fairmount and Francisville, and west of Cecil B. Moore and Temple University. It’s time now to get in on the soon-to-be booming area.

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