Permits have been issued for the construction of a six-story mixed-use building at 1212-16 North Delaware Avenue in Fishtown, Kensington. The building will feature commercial space at the ground floor and 48 apartments above. In total, the new building will hold 41,538 square feet of space. The project will include a roof deck and 12 off-site parking spaces for building residents, one of which will be reserved for car sharing, as well as 16 bicycle spaces. Permits list Janice Woodcock as the design professional and GMT Associates, Inc. as the contractor. Construction costs are estimated at $6.5 million.
Only a single elevation rendering is currently available for the project, so it is somewhat difficult to get a full grasp on the building’s design. It appears that have brickwork will span the ground floor. Above, the upper floors appear to be clad in metal with sharp angular patterns. There will be floor-to-ceiling windows on the ground floor, while smaller windows will be arranged in an alternating pattern above.
The new building at 1212-16 North Delaware Avenue will replace a blighted commercial structure consisting of multiple buildings that have been combined over time, including a likely once-attractive three story row home that is now coated entirely in white stucco. The structure was formerly occupied by a furniture store, and more recently used as a bike storage and charging station.
Although this usage of the property likely made sense even a short time ago, Fishtown is now possibly the hottest area in the city in terms of development. Thousands of residential units have been added in recent years, with hundreds more planned, and many underused lots have an active development proposal. The 50 residential units and a commercial space will be added to a site that currently has neither of these uses. This density will provide much-needed housing for the neighborhood, and will also contribute to the planned development along the Delaware Avenue corridor.
No completion date is known at this time, though construction may be finished by late 2022 or 2023.