A recent site visit by Philadelphia YIMBY has revealed that construction has made significant progress at a six-story, 50-unit mixed-use building at 342 West Girard Avenue (also known as 342-54 West Girard Avenue) in Northern Liberties, North Philadelphia, as Philly YIMBY’s recent location visit has revealed. Designed by Coscia Moos Architecture and developed by Hightop Real Estate and Development, the 43,010-square-foot project will rise from a 8,124-square-foot footprint and include 2,252 square feet of retail, a basement, full sprinkling, and a parking garage. Permits list Ferraro Construction Group LLC as the contractor and a construction cost of $4 million.
The building will be a vast improvement for the site over the suburban-style freestanding restaurant and large parking lot that previously occupied the site. The single-story, mansard-roofed structure was built at the southeast corner of Girard Avenue and North 4th Street in the 1960s and additionally housed a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant.
The earliest permit for the new six-story structure dates to December 2020, while the latest, and most detailed, was issued just three days ago. Demolition permits were issued in June, with JC Excavation Services LLC listed as the demo contractor.
The development is the latest in a series of projects that are ushering a long-overdue transformation of Girard Avenue into a dense corridor lined with mid-rise, mixed-use buildings (for instance, another building of similar scale is proposed half a block to the east at 310-30 West Girard Avenue).