A new mixed-use development called The Frankford, which is proposed at 1120 Frankford Avenue in Fishtown, Kensington, is going before the Civic Design Review. Designed by BLT Architects and developed by US Construction, the new building will rise five stories tall. On the ground floor, there will be 7,166 square feet of commercial space. The building will yield 150 residential units, spanning 83,372 square feet of space. There will not be any car parking included with the project, but the building will offer space for 50 bicycles.
The new building will feature a high-quality industrial design. Brick will be utilized at all easily viewable sides of the structure, from the ground floor to the very top, with abutting piers and small window sills adding texture. There will be floor-to-ceiling windows on the ground floor, with metal awnings, as well as street trees and outdoor seating, making for a pleasant street presence. Above this, the rest of the windows will see a uniform, square shape and size. On non-street facing building faces that are not noticeable, designs opted to use gray-black metal paneling, likely to lower construction costs.
The new building will replace a vacant lot, one of the largest still remaining in the entire neighborhood. The lot cuts all the way through the block, from Frankford Avenue to Dunton Street, creating a large gap on the streetscape. The site is commonly used as parking space by nearby residents and workers. The only notable feature of the property is the bright and a moving FISHTOWN mural that is situated at the northernmost portion of the site, and will unfortunately be sacrificed for the new development.
Despite the loss of the mural, the building will provide a massive improvement for the site, adding commercial space along one of the busiest commercial corridors in the city, and hundreds of resinous on the upper floors. The lack of parking is nothing to be worried about, as Girard Station on the Market-Frankford line is just a couple of short blocks away, and the property is in such a walkable location. Renderings show a “Brew Pub” located on the ground floor, although this is likely just a conceptual illustration.
YIMBY will continue to monitor progress made on the development moving forward.