In August 2020, YIMBY reported that permits had been filed for a three-story, two-family rowhouse at 140 West Huntingdon Street in West Kensington. Since then, construction has been completed on the development. The structure rises from a a vacant lot on the south side of the block between North Howard and North Mascher streets. Designed by Plato Marinakos of Plato Studio, the building spans 3,267 square feet and features a basement and a roof deck. Permits list V2 Properties as the contractor.
The structure stands next to 142 West Huntingdon Street, a near-identical building that YIMBY had recently covered, as well. The structure rises 31 feet to the main roof, 35 feet to the top of the parapet, and 40 feet to the top of the pilot house. The ground level is elevated three feet above the sidewalk; ceiling heights measure nine feet at the ground level, eight feet on the upper floors, and around eight feet in the cellar. Permits list a construction cost of $343,000, of which $275,000 is allocated toward general construction, $29,500 for plumbing work, $19,500 for mechanical work, and $19,000 for electrical work.
The 1,500-square-foot, two-bedroom, 1.5-bathroom Unit 2 is available for rent for $1,800 per month. The property comes with keyless entry, video door bell, a security system, central air with smart thermostat, built-in Bluetooth speakers, a washer and dryer, stainless steel appliances and filtered water/ice and garbage disposal in the kitchen, and a walk-in shower. The interiors are very similar to those seen in our publication for the sister building at 140 West Huntingdon Street.
The property sits a block away from the Temple University Hospital Episcopal Campus and seven short blocks away (a six-minute walk) to the west of the Huntingdon Station on the Market-Frankford Line.
Completion of 140 West Huntingdon Street is not remarkable news in its own rights, yet it is still important to appreciate and understand the importance not only the city’s under-construction marquee developments, but also the humble yet numerous developments such as the one at hand that are reviving en masse Philadelphia’s storied, pedestrian-friendly, and beloved tradition of the rowhouse vernacular.