A recent site visit by Philly YIMBY has noted significant construction progress at Comly Commons, a 139-unit adaptive reuse and expansion project at 1810-34 East Hagert Street (also known as 1825 East Boston Street) in East Kensington. Designed by SgRA Architecture, the endeavor consists of a thorough renovation of multiple existing industrial buildings and a vertical extension that will create singular, six-story structure. The 133,014-square-foot building which will also hold artisan industrial space. Permits list a construction cost of $8.45 million.
Comly Commons rises on the southwest side of the block between Kensington Avenue and Jasper Street, two short blocks to the east of the commercial corridor along Front Street. The Huntingdon Station on the Market-Frankford Line is situated within a five-minute walk to the northeast, across from the Episcopal Campus of Temple University Hospital.
Although we are yet to see the exterior treatment of the new addition, preservation of the existing, arch-windowed industrial buildings already position Comply Commons as an excellent example of historic preservation and adaptive reuse.