Permits have been issued for the construction of a four-story, 45-unit multi-family building at 5200 Chester Avenue in Kingsessing, West Philadelphia. Upon completion, the building will rise four stories tall and will feature a roof deck equipped with a green roof. The building will hold 57,380 square feet of space and cost an estimated $6.11 million to build. Tester Construction is listed as the project’s contractor, with Rich Villa as the design professional.
The development site currently sits vacant, but it was until recently occupied by a beautiful church building that was in a dilapidated condition, and was subsequently demolished. The building featured a striking stone facade, with ornate details and windows. A high, slanted roof added height and size to the structure, making it all the more impressive to view. Although the reason for the building’s demolition is justified, it is still a major loss of history and noteworthy architecture for the city.
On the positive side, the planned development will put the site to effective use. The addition of 45 residential units will further add to the surrounding neighborhood’s impending development boom (other local proposals may be seen via the neighborhood’s page at the bottom of the article).