A recent site visit by Philadelphia YIMBY revealed that a plot of land has been cleared and partially excavated at 2600-40 East Hagert Street in Olde Richmond, Kensington, where an townhouse complex is proposed. The development replaces a large grass lot bound by East Hagert Street to the northeast, Almond Street to the northwest, and East Boston Street to to the southwest. Designed by Harman Deutsch Ohler Architecture and developed by Streamline, the project will offer 11 four-story townhouses, each spanning 2,488 square feet. Permits list M.Y.L. Corp. as the owner and Shawn Bullard as the contractor.
Each house lists a total construction cost of $289,592, with $200,000 allocated for general construction, $57,928 for plumbing work, $15,950 for mechanical work, and $15,714 for electrical work.
Renderings show two rows of attached townhouses designed in a contemporary style and clad in a light-colored palette that will brighten up the streetscape. Large street-facing windows will create sunlit interiors while improving the development’s exterior appearance. Wooden spandrel panels between lower-floor windows add a much-needed touch of color and texture.
Although the buildings are decidedly modern, their scale and relationship to the street respects the neighborhood’s established rowhouse context. Narrow niches between the townhouses allow each building to read as a discreet unit while maintaining a sense of a cohesive whole. As such, in its general appearance and function, the complex resembles classic English terrace housing, where ensembles of individual houses were grouped together to resemble grand, sometimes even palatial, singular edifices. Similarly, the complex planned at 2600-40 East Hagert Street resembles a large apartment building as much as it does a group of individual rowhouses.
The project will rise in a rapidly developing section of Kensington. Although the building’s location may alternately be described as the eastern extension of Fishtown, the majority of new development is taking place further to the north, primarily along Frankford Avenue and East Lehigh Avenue, where hundreds of residential units are coming to a formerly industrial neighborhood.
Much of the above-mentioned residential stock will come in the form of apartment buildings. While any type of densely-built housing is much-needed for the city, the townhouses proposed at 2600-40 East Hagert Street will balance out the other side of the housing equation, providing roomy residences well-suited for reasonably large families that might otherwise opt to relocate to suburbia.
We are pleased to see this development surge in the area, and look forward to further progress on this and nearby projects in the near future.