Philly YIMBY recently visited the site and shares construction photos of a three-unit multi-family building at 1301 Ridge Avenue in Poplar, North Philadelphia. The building will span a footprint measuring 994 square feet and will hold 3,814 square feet of interior space, which translates into spacious apartments measuring well over 1,000 square feet each. The structure will be fully sprinkled. Permits list Greenway Plaza LLC as the owner, Brett Harman as the design professional, and Liu Construction LLC as the contractor. Construction costs are listed at $380,000.
The project site is located on a through-block lot situated near the tip of a narrow triangular block between Ridge Avenue to the west and North 13th Street to the east. The asphalt-covered lot has sat vacant for well over a decade as one of many blighted sites in the once-flourishing commercial and industrial neighborhood. The persistent desolation on the surrounding blocks is surprising, given its proximate location to bustling Broad Street, several-block adjacency to both Spring Garden and Fairmount stations on the Broad Street Line, and immediate proximity to vibrant and high-demand neighborhoods such as Center City to the south, Spring Garden to the west, and the Temple University area to the north.
For the above reasons, the surrounding area’s imminent resurgence is pretty much inevitable. A number of major projects are already in various stages of development nearby at Lower Broad Street, and a high-rise mixed-use complex was recently finished a few blocks up the avenue at 1300 Fairmount Avenue. The latter includes a massive ALDI supermarket, which significantly boosts the neighborhood’s capacity for added residents.