Renovation work has made significant progress at the renovation of a former clothing factory and warehouse at 2501 Oakford Street in Grays Ferry, South Philadelphia. Designed by Stanev Potts Architects, the project adds a fifth floor to the hulking, dilapidated four-story structure and converts the interior into 54 residences and artist studios. The 8,397-square foot addition will boost the 52,420-square-foot structure to a total of 60,817 million, at a cost of $8.5 million in construction work. Permits list 25th and Oakford LLC as the owner and Reed Street Builders LLC as the contractor. Philly YIMBY’s recent site visit has revealed that significant progress has been made on the renovation, and the structure appears on track toward completion some time this or next year.
SEPTA needs to take over the CSX 25th street train viaduct and extend service to the area, which is vastly underserved by public tansit. The viaduct is poorly maintained by CSX and they can do without it. This would have a great positive impact for residents and connect the neighborhood to other parts of the city. Also, this would complement the growth in development seen in Grays Ferry.