Permits have been issued for the construction of a five-story multi-family building at 401-07 East Walnut Lane in East Germantown, Northwest Philadelphia. Designed by Designblendz, the structure will span 48,945 square feet and feature 57 apartments. Permits list construction costs at $6.5 million.
The building will feature a modern exterior with brick on the ground floor, which will match the surrounding aesthetic and create a pleasant street ambiance. Gray metal paneling, primarily in a lighter shade, will span most of the space above. Darker panels will rise in vertical rows, and certain rows or C-shaped sections of even darker gray cladding will be used in prominent locations as well as on abutting balconies. Windows across the exterior vary in size but are3 arranged in a regular pattern.
The new building is replacing a vacant lot that takes up a significant portion of the block, the remainder of which largely consists of row homes, save for a multi-family structure to the property’s rear. As with most vacant properties, this lot is rather unmemorable, with grass surrounding a large patch of cement or concrete. Construction at this site will be a positive turn for the property.
Perhaps on an even more positive measure is the new density being added to this location. There will soon be 57 residential units on a property currently housing none, bringing a fairly significant amount of new residents that will support the surrounding businesses. The development takes advantage of the property’s walkable location, and, tactfully, does not appear to include parking space. Hopefully, more developments throughout the city will follow this project’s lead in time.
YIMBY will continue to monitor progress moving forward.