A recent site visit by Philadelphia YIMBY has discovered that foundation work has largely been completed at an eight-story, 21-unit mixed-use development at 1000 Spring Garden Street in Callowhill, Lower North Philadelphia. Designed by Harman Deutsch Ohler Architecture and developed by KT Investments, the building will span 19,504 square feet and feature commercial space (likely at the ground floor), elevator service, bicycle storage, a roof deck, and full sprinkling. Permits list LIU Construction as the contractor and a construction cost of $2.25 million.
The development replaces a paved lot situated on the southwest corner of Spring Garden Street and North 10th Street. The site is situated within an eight-minute walk of the Spring Garden station on the Broad Street Line to the west, and within a similar distance to the Vine Street Expressway, and Center City Proper, to the south.
The building will add a much-needed touch of contemporary freshness to the rather drab yet architecturally diverse streetscape along the Spring Garden corridor. The development rises a part of the city where we hope to see both a much higher volume of new construction (which may be easily accommodated on the abundant vacant lots) as well as extensive renovations to numerous prewar buildings.
Given its central location, blossoming cultural scene, rich stock of prewar buildings, and ample development-ready land, Callowhill has some of the highest potential among all Philadelphia neighborhoods to become an exciting, urbane enclave, with developments large and small, old and new lining vibrant, pedestrian-friendly streets. To achieve this cheerful vision, however, not only does the city need to upzone the surrounding area, but also to significanntly increase investment into improvement and greenification of the local streetscape.