Renderings have been revealed for a 327-unit multi-family development at 4519 Chestnut Street in Spruce Hill, West Philadelphia. Designed by SITIO Architecture + Urbanism, the building will rise six stories tall and hold 223,848 square feet of space. Also included with the project will be 92 parking spaces, four being accessible, and 154 bicycle spaces.
The building will feature an attractive, modern exterior that will be a great addition to the area when completed. Light tan brick will rise along the full height of the building. Black metal paneling will be used throughout the rest of the exterior. Floor-to-ceiling windows, street trees, and garden space will create a pleasant street presence.
The structure will greatly improve existing conditions at the lot. Currently, the property consists almost entirely of a massive parking lot that takes up the majority of the block. The lot services the neighboring West Catholic High School, which operates out of a beautiful Collegiate Gothic stone building. Additionally, the high school also owns several small buildings that will be demolished to make way for the new multi-family building.
The building will comprise an excellent transformation for the property, turning a surface parking lot into a modern six-story building. The new units will pack much density into the rapidly growing area, with the 46th Street Station of the Market-Frankford Line located just steps away. Given such close proximity to the transit line, the amount of parking space included with the development seems somewhat unnecessary, but will likely help the building get more support from the surrounding neighborhood.
Hopefully, the project will get approval and receive permits. This proposal is yet another one among a slew of University City overflow as dense new development continues to push farther west. The project is helping push these boundaries out in a major way, being one of the largest multi-family developments in this area of the city, which is seeing thousands of new units constructed or proposed.
Philly YIMBY will continue to track more progress made on the development in the future.