Permits have been issued for the construction of a three-story mixed-use building at 2454 North 2nd Street in West Kensington. The ground floor will hold artist studios and artisan industrial space. The upper two floors will hold five residential units. In total, the building contain 8,172 square feet of interior space. Anthony Tsirantonakis is listed as the design professional, with Salini Brothers Ornamental Iron Work listed as the contractor. Permits specify a construction cost of cost $1.1 million.
The building will replace an existing three-story rowhome with a fairly run-of-the-mill design and a facade covered in tan stucco. Safe to say, it will not be overly unfortunate to see the building demolished, especially given the incoming increase of density. Additionally, the inclusion of artist space will help assert the neighborhood as a major destination for the arts and poise the area for further growth of the typology in the future.
The York-Dauphin Station on the Market-Frankford Line is situated within walking distance to the site to the east and offers a rapid commute into Center City, University City, and beyond. A large number of businesses and restaurants are also located within walking distance, as well as a variety of SEPTA Bus options. Norris Square sits to the south within walking distance, as well.
No completion date is known for the project at this time, though construction may be finished by 2022 or 2023.