Philly YIMBY’s recent site visit revealed that construction is wrapping up at a three-story single-family rowhouse at 1537 South Bambrey Street in Grays Ferry, South Philadelphia. The structure rises on the east side of the block between Dickinson and Tasker streets, spanning a footprint of 518 square feet. The structure’s prominence above its predominantly two-story neighbors means that its roof deck offers relatively open views of the skylines of Center City and University City. Permits list Standard Development LLC as the owner, Maher Abdelaal as the design professional, and Clifford Lasky of BFR Construction LLC as the contractor. The total construction cost is listed at $241,000, with $212 for general construction, $12,000 for plumbing work, $9,000 for mechanical work, and $8,000 for electrical work.
YIMBY last reported on 1537 South Bambrey Street in September 2020, when we shared that permits have been issued for the vacant lot at the site. Since that time, construction appears nearly fully complete, with only finishing touches left to go onto the structure. An astute facade of white brick and black panels at the cantilevered projection is thoroughly modern yet surprisingly contextual with its prewar neighbors, echoing their brick cladding and dark-painted cornices.
In the meantime, the adjacent two-story prewar rowhouse at 1539 South Bambrey Street has been fully demolished, where another single-family dwelling (albeit by a different development team) is proposed. A third single-family dwelling is currently under construction next door to the south at 1541 South Bambrey Street. Yet another three-story single-family dwelling is slated for a site further south at 1543 South Bambrey Street.
The projects are rather typical for new development that has been blossoming throughout the surrounding area during its ongoing renaissance. The largest among the nearby projects is the block-long complex at 1500 South 25th Street a short block to the east of the project at 1537 South Bambrey Street, where 25 three-story rowhouses have recently replaced a dilapidated vacant lot along the elevated train trestle.