A recent site visit by Philly YIMBY has noted considerable construction progress at a three-story, five-unit development at 2454 North 2nd Street in West Kensington. Designed by T+Associates Architects, the project spans 8,172 square feet, of which 2,769 is allocated as artist studio or industrial space on the first and a part of second floor. Permits list Salini Brothers Ornamental Iron Work as the contractor and a construction cost of $1.1 million.
The development replaces a vacant lot and a three-story prewar rowhouse, which was demolished some time around 2020. Although the new building matches its predecessor’s floor count, it rises considerably higher, maxing out the allowable 38-foot height to the main roof (plus ten additional feet for the pilot house). Much of the extra height goes to the 15-foot-high ground floor, which will also include a mezzanine. As the result, the second floor sits nearly at the height of a conventional third story.
The design mitigates its added bulk via a traditionally styled brick exterior, which already covers much of the upper floors on the street-facing sides (vinyl siding covers the rear walls). The facade has not yet been assembled on the ground floor, although, unfortunately, its nearly windowless design will all but ensure a foreboding pedestrian experience.
The building rises in a rapidly developing neighborhood, which is effectively reversing its decades-long trend of depopulation that has resulted in mass clearance of its built stock. The York-Dauphin station on the Market-Frankford line is situated within a nine-minure walk to the southeast.