A recent site visit by Philly YIMBY has revealed significant construction progress at Chelten Terminal, a four-story, 49-unit mixed-use development at 234 West Chelten Avenue in Germantown, Northwest Philadelphia. Designed by Ambit Architecture and developed by the Argo Property Group, the building will span 37,992 square feet and will feature ground-floor commercial space, a roof deck, and full sprinkling, as well as outdoor parking for 18 cars. Permits list Tester Construction Group as the contractor and a construction cost of $6.1 million.
YIMBY last reported on the development in September 2021, upon the renderings reveal. A commercial building permit was issued later that year in December. Since that time, construction has made significant progress, with the CMU core topped out and a steel frame assembled at the ground level.
Although there is no such thing as a “Chelten terminal” in terms of local railroad operations, the development is indeed situated just half a block away from the Chelten Avenue regional rail station. The station anchors the southwest end of a compact yet vibrant commercial corridor along Chelten Avenue, with the Germantown station anchoring its northeast end several blocks to the east.
As such, Chelten Terminal, located on the southeast side of the block between Wayne and Pulaski avenues, is a fine example of transit-oriented, pedestrian-friendly development that will improve the pedestrian experience and boost the commercial corridor with ground-level retail and contribute a significant volume of housing stock.
Chelten Terminal is made even more attractive with its astute design boasting beige brick, tall paneled windows, and a gabled front, emulating the appearance of traditional prewar factory lofts. Also appealing is the fact that the parking lot-facing facade is treated with the same deference and attention to detail as the street-facing exterior.