Last December, YIMBY reported that permits were issued for the construction of a seven-story, 63-unit mixed-use development at 26 South 42nd Street in Spruce Hill, West Philadelphia. The project will rise on the on the northwest corner of Chestnut and South 42nd streets, on the western periphery of University City. Designed by Coscia Moos Architecture, the structure will span 56,664 square feet and will include 4,828 square feet of retail. The building will provide parking for 42 bicycles well above the 22-space requirement, and nine off-site car parking spaces in a garage across the street at 4141-47 Chestnut Street. Permits list IMC Construction as the contractor and a construction cost of $6.8 million. Today we share plans, elevations, and technical details for the project that were not available in our previous publication.
The building will rise 85 feet to the main roof and 88-and-a-half feet to the parapet, which will make it one of the most prominent structures in the surrounding area (the 85-foot height makes for a negotiated balance between the 110-foot height threshold at Chestnut Street and an 80-foot threshold at 42nd Street). The tallest bulkhead will bring the total structural height to 101 feet.
Two commercial spaces will open onto Chestnut and 42nd streets, with the space at the corner measuring 1,691 square feet and the one to the west spanning 2,967 square feet. The 1,486-square-foot lobby will open onto 42nd Street on the building’s east side, with the entrance set back from the sidewalk in an angled niche. The trash room will open onto the exceedingly narrow, ten-foot-wide, alley-like Ranstead Street to the north.
Two elevator banks will run from the basement, which will hold tenant storage and the bicycle room, up to the roof, which will house a roof deck spanning around one-third of the total roof surface.
Structural elevations provide a basic idea of the building’s appearance. The lower floors will be treated with floor-to-ceiling glass walls at the retail spaces and the lobby, rising to a two-story height at the street corner. Three angled bay windows and a sprinkling of balconies will adorn the street-facing elevations. More balconies will face the setback at the alley to the west; aside from a service entrance, the façade facing Ranstead Street to the north will be blank.
In tandem with a number of buildings of similar height and bulk built in the vicinity in recent years, the development at 26 South 42nd Street will make a solid contribution to a rapidly rising mid-rise streetscape that will allow for a gradual visual transitions from the skyscrapers of University City to the east and the predominantly low-rise neighborhoods to the west. More important to local residents, however, will be the replacement of a suburban-like retailer, fronted by a parking lot, which currently faces the site, with an urbane, pedestrian-friendly development that will bring ample new retail to the neighborhood and a significant boost of housing stock.
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