Permits have been issued for the construction of a 55-unit mixed-use building located at 828-40 North 2nd Street in Northern Liberties, North Philadelphia. Upon completion, the new building will rise five stories tall, with a commercial space at the ground floor. Designed by Coscia Moos Architecture, the building will span a total of 59,375 square feet. Permits list the construction cost at just over $7.1 million.
The new building will feature an attractive and modern exterior that shares similarities with other projects delivered by the firm. Gray brick will be located at the ground floor and will rise up to the third floor in sections, helping create a nice street presence when paired with look to ceiling windows at the retail space. The northeast corner of the building will see gray brick coverage up to the third floor. A variety of triangulated bay windows will jut out from the structure, coated in white metal panelling, with small balcony spaces at the fourth floor. These will create an interesting massing that will likely stand out along this stretch of 2nd Street, which is seeing an increasing concentration of modern architecture through new development.
The new development is replacing a current low slung industrial property. The one floor building is certainly nothing special, coated in tan stucco and plain red brickwork, its only interesting features are the pieces of artwork situated along its northern facade. Despite Northern Liberties being one of the hottest areas in the city for new development for quite some time, and 2nd Street having always been the focal point of the neighborhood, this property has persisted in such condition for a considerable amount of time.
Overall, it will certainly be nice to see the industrial eyesore disappear from 2nd Street. In the area’s past, Northern Liberties was always a dense residential community, although time saw many beautiful old structures torn don in favor of industrial uses. In more modern times, this trend has entirely reversed, and this project signifies one of the last remaining industrial properties to turn over.
Now, Northern Liberties has seen a massive amount of density added, and this project will simply continue this trend. Between the high rise developments along Spring Garden, the massive concentration of projects around the Piazza, and the other multi-family projects sprinkled throughout the neighborhood, thousands of units are bein delivered to this high profile area. A renovated and improved 2nd Street with a more pedestrian-minded design is the next step towards linking and connecting this rapidly growing area.
YIMBY will continue to monitor progress on the project moving forward.