A recent site visit by Philadelphia YIMBY has revealed that significant construction progress has been made at The Port at Aramingo, a four-story, 11-unit apartment complex at 801-11 Aramingo Avenue in Fishtown, Kensington. The recently topped-out development rises on the northern side of the angled intersection of Aramingo Avenue and East Fletcher Street, just to the north of an Interstate 95 ramp. Designed by Harman Deutsch Ohler Architecture, the complex officially consists of three independent buildings, yet is apparently being constructed as a single structure that spans a total of 16,253 square feet. The complex will offer two studios, five one-bedroom, three two-bedroom, and one three-bedroom apartments. The development will feature a basement, full sprinkling, balconies, and roof decks, which, given the structure’s prominence above the surroundings, promise to offer sweeping skyline views. Permits list Process Contracting as the contractor and a construction cost of $1.6 million.
Blueprints submitted to the planning department show that the structure will rise 38 feet tall to the main roof, maxing out the restrictively short height limit available for the site. No exact height for the stair overrun is specified, although it is noted that it will not exceed a total of 48 feet. Two parking spaces and a yard will be located along Aramingo Avenue at the eastern end of the site.
YIMBY last reported on the building in September 2020, when construction permits were issued. Since that time, construction has made significant progress, replacing a chain link fence-enclosed parking lot with a topped-out, four-story structure. The structure will sport a contemporary design with a sharp corner facing the intersection, large windows, and covered loggia balconies with high railings.
So far, it appears that the building will sport a dynamic modern exterior that nevertheless remains grounded in a traditional aesthetic, judging by the red brick cladding observed on the ground floor.
In order to fairly judge the building’s full impact on the surrounding streetscape, we have to wait for the curtain wall to be installed. So far, however, the project is shaping up to be a solid addition to the neighborhood, bringing a decent supply of new housing and creating a pedestrian-friendly street wall in place of a parking lot.