Permits have been issued for a multi-family renovation and addition to an existing three-story pre-war rowhome at 1772 North Front Street in Olde Kensington. Designed by Lo Design, the project will add additional floor space to the existing structure while the remainder of the space will be renovated. Four apartments will be included in the project, as well as a commercial space on the ground floor facing Front Street. In total, the building will span 7,505 square feet of space, of which 725 square feet will be located within the addition. Construction costs are listed at $1 million.
The renovation will create an attractive juxtaposition of eras on the structure’s facade, combining the building’s existing traditional brick style with a more modern and angular set of paneling at the addition. This section of the structure will offer triangular shapes when viewed from certain directions, and will be an interesting design feature to view from the street, as well as on passing El trains.
The existing structure is in somewhat battered shape, although the bones that are still there will allow for a successful rehabilitation. While the ground floor along front street has been blocked with stucco and metal doors, the upper floors still show the original brickwork, with a cornice above the third floor.
When viewed from Montgomery Avenue, the structure’s more recent industrial usage becomes apparent, with beat-up brickwork giving way to drab gray paint along the sidewalk. This angle of the structure is where the new renovation work will be most apparent, and so it will be positive to see the exterior changes made at this prominent corner.
Overall, the new changes made to the property will be a great improvement for the site. The re-opening of the commercial space on the ground floor will help develop Front Street as a strong commercial corridor, while the new density throughout the rest of the building will help support this and other commercial spaces.
No completion date is known for the project at this time.