Permits have been issued for the construction of a seven-story mixed-use building at 922-38 North Broad Street (aka 922 North Broad Street) in Francisville, North Philadelphia. Designed by Coscia Moos Architecture, the building will feature commercial space at the ground floor and 196 residential units on the floors above. The 176,679-square-foot structure will include a roof deck and a parking garage. Construction costs estimated at $20 million.
The new building’s flashy modern exterior will be a refreshing addition to this stretch of North Broad Street. White cladding will cover the majority of the façade, with gray brick located along the ground floor. Green cladding will be situated along bay windows that rise from the second through seventh floors, while yellow cladding will act as an accent on the seventh floor and around some of the windows. Floor-to-ceiling windows will be located on the ground floor.
Due to the garage located within the building, there will unfortunately be a curb cut along Broad Street. This is definitely a negative for the project and surrounding area, and will harm the sidewalk experience around the building’s footprint.
The new building will be replacing a suburban-styled pharmacy, which is currently closed. The CVS operated out of a one-story building situated at the southwest corner of the property, with a surface lot surrounding it and fronting both Broad Street and Girard Avenue. Given the presence of Girard Station, one of the Broad Street Line’s busiest North Philadelphia stations directly adjacent to the site, as well as the Route 15 Trolley, this use of the property made absolutely poor use of the site, and its removal is an absolute must.
The new building, however, will make a lot more sense for the site. The inclusion of commercial space on the ground floor will add to the area’s commercial square footage and improve the two commercial corridors the building sits on, while the 196 residential units above will provide a solid density boost that will help support these corridors and make effective use of the major transit hub located just outside.
YIMBY will continue to monitor the development’s progress moving forward.