Permits have been issued for the construction of a five-story, 54-unit residential building at 2630 West Girard Avenue in Brewerytown, North Philadelphia. Designed by ISA and developed by ADCO (American Development Company) and Callahan Ward, the structure, located under the full address of 2630-38 West Girard Avenue, is part of a larger complex that will also include 104 additional units sited within four-story winds along Taney and North 27th streets (not covered in the current permit), bringing the total residence count to 160.
The Girard Avenue building, the recipient of the latest permit, will be the centerpiece of the composition, with retail space at the ground floor, common outdoor decks, and private roof terraces. Permits list Callahan & Ward Properties, LLC as the contractor and a construction cost of $10 million.
The Girard Avenue building will offer 42 one-bedroom and 14 two-bedroom units. Most of the latter will be sited at the building corner, offering sunlight exposure in two directions. However, even one-bedroom units will offer bedrooms with direct outdoor exposure, avoiding the troubling trend that is observed in a number of recently planned projects of similar scale, where “interior” bedrooms, in all but name and legal status, feature windows facing living rooms rather than directly outside.
The development will bring significant improvement to the area by filling in a massive nuisance lot. The Girard Avenue building in particular will fill a block-long gap along the busy commercial corridor and will introduce retail along its entire length.
The structure is just one of several that are currently reviving the area. One of such is located block to the east, where construction is underway on the five-story, 16-unit Bordeaux development at 2600 West Girard Avenue. Given its location along the route 15 Girard Avenue trolley line, ten-minute proximity to Girard College, Fairmount Park, and the retail district along Fairmount Avenue, and 30-minute walking distance to Center City, University City, and Temple University, the neighborhood ought to be able to effortlessly absorb further increases in housing stock.