Renderings have been revealed for a 185-unit mixed-use development at 310 West Girard Avenue in Northern Liberties, North Philadelphia. Designed by T + Associates Architects, the building will rise six stories tall, with 8,618 square feet of commercial space facing Girard Avenue on the ground floor, as well as 1,680 square feet of amenities. The development will feature 65 parking spaces in an underground garage and a green roof deck.
The building will boast an attractive modern exterior, utilizing a variety of materials and features that will create a cohesive design. Glass will cover the majority of the exterior, with floor-to-ceiling windows spanning the ground floor at the commercial space. Large windows will also feature at the upper floors, which will allow for ample natural light within the units. At the exterior, black and off-white mullions will create a grid pattern. Red cladding will provide a touch of color around glass-railed balconies, which will offer pleasant outdoor space for residents.
The project’s imposing street presence further boosts its design. Large windows at the ground floor create a welcoming atmosphere. Street trees will provide shade at the street level and will add greenery, which will significantly improve the block.
The building will replace a large vacant lot that currently spans the majority of the block. The site, which fronts three streets, has not seen any development attention until now, despite its incredibly prominent location. Concrete and asphalt covers much of the lot, while nature has begun its takeover with weeds, grass, and trees.
One of the largest vacant lots in the area will make way for a modern mixed-use building that will provide an incredible density boost to the neighborhood. New retail space will enliven Girard Avenue and will hopefully encourage future streetscape improvements to the major arterial that currently prioritizes vehicles over pedestrians and cyclists, creating dangerous road conditions.
The Girard Avenue trolley runs directly in front of the proposed building, while the Girard Station on the Market-Frankford Line sits just a couple of blocks away, offering prime transit access to Center City and University City.
This project is the latest in a massive influx of development that has been transforming the neighborhood in recent years. A visit to YIMBY’s neighborhood page showcases the thousands of residential units planned and under construction in the area, which is quickly becoming one of the city’s densest neighborhoods outside of Center City.
YIMBY will continue to update readers on the project.