Foundation work is making steady progress at Oxford Row, a townhouse development rising at 1408-18 East Oxford Street in Fishtown, Kensington. Designed by Ambit Architecture, the development will add seven new homes to the neighborhood, each rising four stories tall. A small drive aisle will cut the row into two parts, allowing for access to a small parking lot that will provide spaces for residents.
The homes will all feature one of two contrasting designs, both very attractive. The homes on the side closer to Frankford Avenue will feature modern all-glass exteriors with concrete foundations. These homes will be clad in glass separated by small strips of black cladding, and will also utilize attractive wood-styled panels. The other homes in the collection will take on a more industrial look, featuring brickwork on the first three stories. Narrow, tall windows will allow for ample natural light to reach interiors, while larger windows will be situated on the ground floor at the front of the homes. The rear, as well as the fourth story, will be clad in black cladding, adding a modern twist to the design. All homes along the row will have their fourth floors set back from the street, making their massing more gentle.
YIMBY’s previous update on the site was published last August. At that time, demolition had wrapped up, and excavation work was starting. As of now, construction work can now be observed to be making rapid progress. Concrete foundations can be observed at the site, providing an idea of the future scale of the buildings. Excavation equipment can still be seen at the site, although excavation work is basically complete. The project has been moving at pretty swift pace, and should hopefully continue to do so moving forward.
The structure that formerly stood at the site was a low-sung industrial building that featured a stucco and brick facade, which was in a somewhat blighted condition. Its removal from the property is not much of a loss, considering its large footprint and location in the center of one of the city’s fastest growing neighborhoods.
The new homes will be a massive improvement for the site, adding seven new residential units at a property formerly that housed none, making for a relatively minor density boost. However, the development will provide a facelift for the block, improving the overall atmosphere along the street.
YIMBY will continue to monitor progress moving forward.