Permits have been issued for a four-unit multi-family development at 1832 North 22nd Street in Cecil B. Moore, North Philadelphia. Upon completion, the new building will rise three stories tall, with a roof deck at the top. Permits call for 7,247 square feet of space, a seemingly large volume for a rowhouse-sized lot. Construction costs are listed at $275,000, which also appears low for a structure of this size.
Elevations show brick rising the entire height of the structure, which will have one doorway and one window on the ground floor, with two windows of equal size on the second and third floors, respectively. Other faces of the building will be clad in siding, likely in order to lower construction costs. The access structures for the two private roof decks will add around ten more feet to the total height of the structure, though these bulkheads will not be noticeable from the street.
The new building will be replacing a vacant lot, one among many on this block and in the surrounding area. It is always incredibly unfortunate to see just how much some Philadelphia neighborhoods hollowed out during the postwar period, so it is a treat to watch such infill projects bring these areas back to their former glory. This particular lot is similar to others in the neighborhood, comprised of a narrow patch of grass bordering a still-standing three-story rowhouse. The adjacent building features an elegant brick exterior with a detailed cornice. Fortunately, renderings show the new building meeting the cornice line of the existing structure, which will be a great touch for the block.
The increase in density is par for the course for the city, but is still great to see. As neighborhoods that saw ample demolitions in the postwar period rebuild themselves from their decline, seeing them coming back with even higher densities is great sight to see, and will prove beneficial toward Philadelphia re-achieving its two-million population mark.
No completion date is known for the project at this time.