Renderings have been revealed for a four-story multi-family building at 4701-15 Wayne Avenue in Germantown, Northwest Philadelphia. Designed by Moto Designshop, the new building will span 78,065 square feet and hold 90 residential units. The development will offer parking for 50 bicycles.
The new building will feature a modern exterior, adding a modern flare to a design that fits with the neighborhood’s existing character. The three ground floor will be coated with brick, which will see a variety of details, such as a cornice atop the third floor, and abutting columns that extend down to the second floor. The top floor will see the usage of maroon-colored cladding, which matches the brick. An interior courtyard space has bright green cladding that certainly catches the eye.
The new building’s street presence will be a great addition to the surrounding area. With no interior parking space, pedestrians will not have to worry about ay curb cuts, and a pristine sidewalk will be maintained at the site. Additionally, street trees will be planted around the building’s entire footprint, helping preserve the neighborhood’s tree coverage. The structure’s attractive brick design allows it to blend seamlessly with the surrounding area.
The new building will be replacing a vacant lot, one of a few in the surrounding area. This particular property is a large grass lawn area with some maturing trees. While the loss of these trees would have been somewhat unfortunate, the planned tree coverage with the coming development will see no loss of greenery at the site. The property has frontage on three streets, and sits just a few blocks away from Wayne Junction along Regional Rail, offering direct access to Temple University, Center City, and University City with high frequency.
With these tidbits of location in mind, it is surprising to see how the vacant lot has persisted at the site for so long. The added residential density at this location will be a massive improvement for not only the property but for the surrounding area as well, helping support neighborhood businesses as well as attract new ones into either vacant store fronts or new storefronts arriving to Germantown with coming development (as there is a lot of it around Wayne Junction). While the usage of bright green cladding is somewhat interesting, Moto is responsible for some very attractive designs throughout the city, and YIMBY has high confidence that the new project will turn out very nicely once completed.
No completion date is known for the project at this time.