A recent site visit by Philly YIMBY has observed that demolition is currently underway at the site of a 12-story, 329-unit building proposed at 418 Spring Garden Street in Northern Liberties, Lower North Philadelphia. Designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz, the high-rise, also known as 5th + Spring Garden, will stand 137 feet tall to the top of the main roof and 152 feet tall to the top of the bulkhead. The ground floor will feature abundant commercial space. A total of 87 parking spaces will be included within the project.
The demolition and construction permit was issued for the project, also known under the address of 416-38 Spring Garden Street, in August of last year. Our November visit found that the low-rise facility, which held enterprises such as the NorthEast Treatment Centers non-profit, was still standing intact. Our most recent visit has found demolition well underway at the site; as much as we look forward to the new building, it is unfortunate to see the demise of yet another mural.
Southern Northern Liberties, an area that may also be referred to as Cohoquinoque (a native name for a local creek that still flows under the neighborhood’s streets), is one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods, yet it was transformed nearly beyond recognition by a postwar urban renewal process that turned it into a foreboding zone of warehouse-style commercial and industrial buildings surrounded by large parking lots. At the moment, however, the neighborhood is at a precipice of transforming yet again, this time into a vibrant, dense, walkable residential neighborhood with ample mid- and high-rise buildings and street-level retail. As such, we look forward to construction progress at 418 Spring Garden Street and similar developments throughout the area.