Permits have been issued for the construction of a multi-family building at 3615 Melon Street in Mantua, West Philadelphia. Upon completion, the building will stand four stories tall and will hold four apartments. In total, the structure will span 4,888 square feet. Construction costs are projected at $366,000.
The new building will replace a vacant lot, just as almost every other new development in the neighborhood. The property at hand is overgrown with a variety of trees and bushes that will need to be cleared out. Although the block is largely vacant, the building will stand adjacent to an exiting row home to the east, which features a gray stucco exterior.
The new development will bring positive change for the site. The removal of the vacant lot will be beneficial towards improving the urban fabric of the block, and the addition of four residential units will increase the area’s density. Mantua has seen numerous projects of this scale fill in remaining vacant parcels, completely turning the area around. As more relatively high-density projects fill these vacant properties, the neighborhood’s population will surge back to its pre-decline numbers. This increased population will be well served by surrounding transit, and will help encourage a stronger commercial scene that will make Mantua even more walkable and desirable.
No completion date is known for the project at this time, though construction may be finished by 2023.