In 2020, YIMBY had reported that permits were filed for the demolition of a vacant three-story rowhouse at 4136 Lancaster Avenue in Haverford North, West Philadelphia. The property is located on the southwest side of the block between North 41st and Aspen streets. In the two years that have passed since, the dilapidated structure has still not been demolished, as YIMBY has seen in a recent site visit. Permits list Gama Wrecking Inc. as the contractor and specify a cost of work of $27,000.
Permits describe the structure as standing 34 feet tall, spanning a 1,350-square-foot footprint, and featuring a floor area of 4,050 square feet. The scope of work is outlined as follows:
For the complete demolition of an attached structure. Valid sidewalk closure permit to be secured for proposed temporary fencing. Pedestrian protection and protection of adjacent structure to be provided in accordance with section b-3306.
YIMBY generally supports preservation of prewar rowhouses, particularly when they are not slated for replacement by much larger and thus land-use-efficient development. However, despite a certain visual interest and originality of design, the building can hardly be said to offer any interesting or otherwise noteworthy redeeming architectural qualities, and, while it may still be a reasonable candidate for renovation under the right circumstances, its dilapidated state suggests that demolition may be the most effective course of action at the site. We look forward to further progress at the site, whether in the form of renovation or demolition, as it would rid the major commercial avenue of a ramshackle eyesore.