Permits have been issued for the construction of a five-story, 30-unit residential building at 892 North 41st Street in Belmont, West Philadelphia. The development is proposed on the west side of the block between Ogden Street and Westminster Avenue and will apparently replace a vacant lot just off Westminster. The development will rise from a 5,347-square-foot footprint and will contain 29,598 square feet of interior space, lending an average of just under 1,000 square feet per unit. Project features include full sprinkling and a roof deck, which, given the building’s future prominence, promises to offer sweeping skyline views. Permits list Cory A. Schmitt as the owner and Eugene Naydovich of Fitler Development as the contractor. Construction costs are specified at $200,000, an oddly modest sum for this relatively large building.
The development promises to be favorable to university students and workers, given its 20-minute walking distance to University City, as well as to families, with the Belmont Academy Charter School located across Westminster Avenue, Fairmount Park within a ten-minute walk to the north, and the Philadelphia Zoo situated within a 20-minute walk to the east. The route 10 trolley on Lancaster Avenue and the route 15 trolley on Girard Avenue, both located within a roughly seven-minute walk, offer direct commute to Center City and Temple University, respectively. The route 40 bus stops on the block.
The building will be the first new addition to the block since the end of World War II. Although the block’s ensemble of predominantly three-story prewar rowhouses, adorned with covered porches and ornate brickwork, is certainly attractive, it is also rather staid, with a number of buildings showing signs of wear and tear as well as non-historic alterations. The new building will breathe new life and vitality into this quiet corner of the city, adding density and urbane appeal to this centrally sited location.
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Do you mean $200,000 per unit?
Nope, $200,000 as the total construction cost. It clearly makes little sense, but we report numbers from permits just as they are posted for the sake of transparency.