Although construction permits have been issued last February, construction has not yet started at the three-story single-family rowhouse proposed at 1905 East Harold Street in East Kensington, as Philadelphia YIMBY’s recent site visit has confirmed. Designed by KCA Design Associates, the project, which is situated on the east side of the block between Jasper and Emerald streets, will span 1,872 square feet and will feature a roof deck and full sprinkling. Permits list Andrey Levchenko as the contractor and a construction cost of $200,000, of which $173,000 is allocated toward general construction and $9,000 apiece to mechanical, electrical, and plumbing work.
According to documents submitted to the planning department, the structure will rise 34 feet to the top of the roof, 37 feet to the top of the parapet, and 44 feet to the top of the pilot house. The street-facing facade, which will sport brick cladding and a panel-clad cantilever on the upper floors, appears similar to other rowhouses that, in recent years, have transformed the formerly dilapidated block into a dense residential enclave, where high-ceiled three-story rowhouses tower over the narrow, alley-like street. However, no such development has yet taken place at 1905 East Harold Street, which persists as an overgrown vacant lot.
We hope to see development at the site, as well as on adjacent properties, in the near future (especially since the permit for 1905 East Harold Street is set to expire in August), and our hopes are likely to bear fruit not only because of the rapid pace of development on the block, but also thanks to its proximate location to the Huntingdon Station on the Market-Frankford Line, which is situated a block to the northwest.