Philly YIMBY’s recent site visit reveals that construction work is nearly complete at a three-story, five-unit apartment building at 2710 Ridge Avenue in Brewerytown, North Philadelphia. The development is located on the southwest side of the block between North 27th Street and West Glenwood Avenue. Designed by KCA Design Associates, the structure spans 5,850 square feet and features a basement, full sprinkling and a roof deck. Permits list CRBN LLC as the contractor and a construction cost of $800,000.
The development offers a minor scale increase in comparison to adjacent prewar rowhouses that line the block. According to documents submitted as part of the permits package, the structure rises 36 feet to the top of the main roof, two feet under the height limit, and 46 feet to the top of the pilot house. The building’s exterior of red brick with gray accents compliments the surrounding context reasonably well, while a dark gray section adds a contemporary touch. Large windows on the upper floors will provide ample sunlight for the residences, while niche balconies will offer compact outdoor space.
Our article refers to the location as part of Brewerytown, although some may say that the project is situated too far north to fit the definition, and may (arguably rightfully) consider it a part of Strawberry Mansion instead. Regardless of specifics, this section of North Philadelphia West has been neglected by developers for decades, and it is encouraging to see new buildings replacing vacant such as the one that previously spanned the site. We hope to see further development throughout the neighborhood in the near future, though we hope that such construction would not come at the expense of the existing prewar rowhouse stock.