Permits have been issued for a new multi-family development at 2221 North Front Street in East Kensington. Designed by Cadre Design, the building will rise seven stories, with 60 residential units. In total, the structure will yield 55,811 square feet of space, with construction costs estimated at $7.3 million.
A singular elevation drawing is available as to the building’s design. Floor-to-ceiling windows will be used at the ground floor, creating a nice a street presence. The upper floors will see a less organized pattern of windows, varying in size and location, rather than a gridded design found on other new developments throughout the city. However, a grid form will be retained thorough the primary cladding material, while different styled metal panelling will create the more disheveled look found within the rigid grid.
The new building will be replacing a vacant lot, one of the largest remaining on Front Street. A chain link fence separates the lot from the street. The property is almost entirely covered with tall over grown grasses, and offers views to the rears of other structures on the block.
The site sits within direct proximity to transit, with York-Dauphin Station just steps away fron the property to the north. This station offers frequent service along the Market-Frankford Line, and allows for trips into Center City, University City, and other areas.
Having such a large vacant lot within steps lf transit certainly isn’t a practical use of land, so it is good to see the property turning over in favor of a more efficient land use. The added 60 residential units will just add to an ever-growing supply of apartments in the area, and will act as a major density boost. With the added residents, surrounding commercial corridors will be improved, simply strengthening the neighborhood even more.
No completion date is known for the project at this time.