Permits have been issued for the construction of a new multi-family building located at 2401 North 2nd Street in Norris Square. Designed by T + Associates Architects, the new building will rise six stories tall and will include 102 units as well as a parking garage for residents, a roof deck, and a green roof. The structure will span a total of 101,020 square feet. Permits list construction costs at $8.35 million.
The new building will feature a modern exterior, with brick as the primary material and tan cladding on the large boxy projections. White cladding will be utilized on the upper floors. The design really blossoms at the street level. To block the view of the parking garage inside, architects opted for a sheer metal chain link-style cover, with public artwork and planters in front. This will create a much nicer presence at the sidewalk than a clear view into the garage, and will improve the block when paired with the street trees that are expected to be planted along the new building.
The new building will rise at a very prominent location, situated at the intersection of York Street and 2nd Street. An industrial building currently stands at the property, one of many remnants of the neighborhood’s past located throughout the surrounding blocks. Some of these buildings are worthy candidates for adaptive reuse, but this is not the case here. Its bland facade offers no intriguing features, and it is a somewhat dead piece at the site, so its removal will not be a great loss. Given its proximity to the Market-Frankford Line to the east, with the York-Dauphin Station just a few blocks away, it also does not make for efficient use of the space.
The new building will be a massive improvement for the site, removing something of an eyesore from the property and replacing it with a high-density multi-family building. Its 102 residential being added to a property that currently has none will offer a major density boost, and its six-story height will further its impact. In recent years, Norris Square has seen a massive influx of new development, which has poured in from the east and south, although it has mostly been rowhomes and small-scale multi-family buildings, not much on the large scale as this project. Therefore, it will be great to see the project built, as well as others planned in the area, as it will help fulfill the neighborhood’s potential while creating new commercial corridors along 2nd Street and American Street.
No completion date is known for the project at this time.