Earlier this month, Philly YIMBY shared several renderings for a four-story, 61-unit mixed-use development planned at 3618-32 Haverford Avenue in Mantua, West Philadelphia. Designed by Harman Deutsch Ohler Architecture (HDO Architecture) and developed by The HOW Group, the building will rise 45 feet tall, span 60,280 square feet, and offer ground-floor commercial space, two elevators, tenant storage, parking for 22 bicycles, outdoor landscaped space for residents, a roof deck, and a green roof. Today we share an extensive collection of renderings, plans, and diagrams for the proposed building as seen in its Civic Design Review submission.
The project, situated in the CMX-2 (Neighborhood Commercial Mixed-Use) district, will span a T-shaped, 20,230-square-foot through-block lot between Haverford Avenue and Brandywine Street. The structure will consist of two connected masses aligned with either street, with a pair of green courtyards in between. Commercial space will open onto Haverford Avenue.
The Haverford Avenue exterior is rather simple yet attractive, with a red brick facade enclosing vertical bays of beige fiber-cement panels, tall windows, and balconies. The rest of the facades will be decidedly more somber, where, aside from the ground floor along Brandywine Street, they will be covered entirely in dark gray, almost black, horizontal hardie plank lap siding.
Units will feature from one to three bedrooms, and some will be bi-level maisonettes that span from the basement to the ground floor. Worryingly, nearly a third of the units will feature what appear to be windowless bedrooms. We are puzzled as to how the development team may classify such rooms as bedrooms, as bedrooms that do not have windows that face directly outside are prohibited in Pennsylvania.
On the other hand, we would like to commend the development team for their near-total planting coverage of the roof, which will reduce the heat island effect and rainwater runoff, provide a habitat for local birds, and help lower heating and cooling costs via increased insulation.