A proposal has been submitted for review for a six-story, 79-unit mixed-use building at 1106-14 Spring Garden Street (aka 1106 Spring Garden Street) in Callowhill, Lower North Philadelphia. Designed by Varenhorst, the building will rise from an L-shaped, 17,543-square-foot lot with frontage on Spring Garden and North 11th streets, though the corner parcel is not included in the project. The 74,587-square-foot development will include below-ground parking for 27 vehicles, retail and residential amenity space on the ground floor, and apartments on the stories above.
The residences will range from studios to two-bedroom units, with one-bedroom apartments predominating. The courtyard will feature a landscaped communal space, accessible via a mural-decorated arcade that connects to Spring Garden Street. Although not accessible to residents, the rooftop will be a salient environmentally-friendly feature, boasting two sizable solar array and a green roof spanning the rest of its surface.
Residential amenities will include two elevators and a fitness center. Every unit will offer private outdoor space, either in the form of a street-facing loggia or a courtyard-facing balcony.
The facade will take on an appearance that is at once bright and cheery yet sleek and modern. The majority of the exterior will be clad in off-white porcelain panels, with perforated panels serving as accents. Street-facing loggias will feature alternate chamfers that will add dynamism to the structure. Wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling glass doors and glass balcony railings will add a touch of airiness and transparency to the composition. By contrast, dark porcelain panels at the ground floor will create a sense of gravitas and sophistication.
The building will rise on the southern side of Spring Garden Street on the block between North 11th Street and Ridge Avenue. The project will be the latest addition to the booming Callowhill neighborhood, which spans a former industrial district immediately north of the Convention Center District in Center City and east of Broad Street. Even greater change is taking place to the east, where a slew of major developments are transforming Southern Northern Liberties.
While developers are working their urban magic to transform these formerly forlorn districts into vibrant neighborhoods, we urge the city to reconfigure the wide Spring Garden Street into a greener and more pedestrian-friendly thoroughfare, as well as to reopen the closed Spring Garden Station on SEPTA’s Broad Ridge Spur, which shares the block with the proposal at 1106-14 Spring Garden yet has sat shuttered since 1989. These improvements may be costly and time-consuming, yet they would pay off in spades in terms of making the neighborhood greener, more walkable, and transit-accessible.