Although permits for the building have been filed some time ago, Philly YIMBY’s recent site visit discovered no notable construction progress, aside from ground excavation, at 1200 Ridge Avenue, a six-story, 46-unit development proposed in Poplar, North Philadelphia. Designed by Coscia Moos Architecture, the building will rise from a 10,620-square-foot footprint and span 60,404 square feet, wit commercial space at the ground floor. The basement will be allocated to amenities such as parking space for 13 cars and 24 bicycles. A roof deck will be located atop the structure, and will provide panoramic views of the skyline. Permits list HC Pody Company and a construction cost of $6 million.
The development will span a prominent, wedge-shaped site at the northwest side of the intersection of Ridge Avenue and Spring Garden Street, two blocks east of the Spring Garden Station on the Broad Street line. Given its centrally-sited location (some may describe it as part of Center City, though we delineate its northern boundary at its traditional place along Vine Street) and transit adjacency (which will, hopefully, one day will be boosted further still with a reopening of the shuttered Spring Garden Station of the Broad Ridge Spur next to the proposal site), it is all but undeniable, from an urban planning perspective, that the site can easily accommodate greater density that what is currently planned, and we encourage any possible future redesigns to consider a building with a much larger floor area and number of apartments.
However, we hope to see proximate construction progress even at the current density. But until that time comes, local residents will have the pleasure of continuing to view the large, colorful abstract mural that is emblazoned on an adjacent structure and will likely be blocked from view by the new development.
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It could be n the deveraloper’s side to do due diligence on whether or not the transportation reopening of the closed Spring Garden Station and whether or not will SEPTA open the station.
They will not reopen another Broad Ridge Spur station.
In the spirit of your trademark curmudgeon cynicism (which we all surely appreciate you for), perhaps a mayor would be looking to score major re-election points with a reopening (more feasible than promising to build a new subway extension), or a developer would pony up the cash in a backroom (or, better yet, a front room and public) deal for an adjacent megadevelopment. I know, wishful thinking, but still.
Or they could rename it for… well, I don’t personally care who they can sell the naming rights to, as long as they pay for the renovation and/or operations. It’s a ready, previously-functional freaking subway station sitting in the center of the city, and even if it seems redundant to those that only think of lower North Philly in terms of the Broad Street corridor, it’s a total shame and a waste to see it sit unused.
I was not talking about re-opening the station as part of the project (as wonderful as the idea would be, it’s absurdly unfeasible), just commenting on the area’s transit potential.
From the looks of this site, as someone who lives next to this, there has been about zero movement going on. Not sure if the project has been delayed or sold but no work has been done on this site for months