Although demolition and construction permits have been filed for a ten-story, 244-unit residential building at 1130 North Delaware Avenue in Fishtown, Kensington, no demo nor construction work has been observed at the site during Philadelphia YIMBY’s recent site visit. Designed by Varenhorst Architects and developed by Streamline, the structure will rise on the north side of the avenue, across from Rivers Casino and Penn Treaty Park on the Delaware River waterfront. The structure will rise 124 feet tall to the top of the main roof, and around 135 or so feet tall to the top of the mechanical screens at the bulkhead. The 241,490-square-foot development will offer outdoor landscaping, a roof deck with sweeping views of the skyline and the river, and parking for 49 cars and 102 bicycles. According to the architect website, construction is expected to cost $55 million.
The architect website bills the development as the “first large-scale modular steel construction project in Philadelphia,” where 405 individual modules will be assembled atop a conventional ground-floor podium.
Demolition permits, as well as zoning permits for lot line reallocation and new construction, were issued in the first half of 2020. However, permit activity had stalled since that time, and no demolition nor construction progress has been observed either during our site visit in November 2020 nor our most recent foray to the area, which observed the shuttered furniture retailer and the surrounding parking lot still intact.
We hope to see development progress at the site in the near future, as the building would fill a large streetscape gap on a rapidly developing stretch of the Northern Liberties and Fishtown waterfront, which has the potential to serve as a vibrant focal point for the surrounding area.