Although a zoning permit was issued in November 2020, a recent site visit by Philadelphia YIMBY has revealed that construction has not yet started at a single-family dwelling proposed at 1326 Palethorp Street in Olde Kensington. The development is slated to replace a vacant lot on the west side of the block between West Thompson and Master streets, and will feature a roof deck. Detailed information on the project remains scarce, although permits list CANNOdesign as the contractor (which is likely a confusing word choice, as CANNOdesign is an architecture firm and the listing likely refers to it as an architectural contractor).
As noted above, our latest visit shows that the fence-enclosed site remains as it had for well over a decade at this point. However, the same cannot be said about the rest of the block. As recently as a decade or so ago, the block was still stuck in its postwar stasis, having lost most of its building stock during the period. However, over the past decade the block has been gradually built out with new residential construction, to a point where only a few lots remain available for further new development.
The 1300 block of Palethorp Street is one of many similar success stories of revival throughout Olde Kensington, which, after decades of disinvestment, is finally approaching its prewar levels of urbane density. This growth is fueled by an abundance of development-ready land, proximity to mass transit (the Girard Station on the Market-Frankford Line is located within a seven-minute walk to the southeast of 1326 Palethorp Street), and walking-distance proximity to in-demand neighborhoods such as Northern Liberties, Fishtown, and the Temple University campus.