Permits have been issued for the construction of a new multi-family structure located at 2151 East Albert Street in East Kensington. The building will rise four stories tall, with 26 residential units inside. There will be seven parking spaces (one being accessible) and nine bike spaces to go with these residential units. Amenity space will include a roof deck accessed through multiple pilot houses, while a cellar could offer potential storage space for building residents. In total, the permit lists the structure to span 29,999 square feet of space and cost $3 million to build. KCA Design Associates is the architectural firm behind the project.
The new building will feature a modern exterior, similar to other projects KCA has brought to the stage. A key component of red brick will be located along the ground floor with columns rising the structure’s height, tying the design into the surrounding area. Behind that, the majority of space on the upper floors will see the usage of various cladding materials, with wood accents between windows and a smoother tan design alongside window columns. The single non street-facing side of the building will save on construction costs, coated entirely with vinyl siding.
The structure will see frontage along three streets; Albert Street, Tucker Street, and the cobblestone Trenton Avenue. The drive aisle serving the seven parking spaces will cut through the block, connecting Tucker Street and Albert Street, creating two curb cuts, while the Trenton Avenue sidewalk will have no obstructions. The prominent location of this building means that its design will be on display for many passersby upon completion.
The new building is replacing an existing industrial building. A demolition permit for the structure was issued in the last few weeks, meaning it will likely disappear in the near future. The building features a somewhat plain design, with once attractive red brick now painted over and covered in stucco in various locations.
Overall, considering the location of this property, the low-slung industrial building was certainly not a great land use. The addition of 26 residential units here is a welcome change, and one that will hopefully be replicated on other underused parcels in the surrounding area. Residents will be located within walking distance from commercial corridors like Frankford Avenue and Front Street, as well as prime rail transit along the Market-Frankford Line.
No completion date is known for the project at this time.