Philadelphia YIMBY’s recent site visit has observed that construction is underway at a 278-unit mixed-use complex at 2157 East Lehigh Avenue in East Kensington. Designed by DesignBlendz, the project will consist of four structures rising between 60 to 75 feet. Building A (01) will rise six stories and span 73,124 square feet, and contain commercial space at the ground floor and 81 residential units, a roof deck, and a small parking garage, with construction costs estimated at $3.5 million. Building B (02) will rise seven stories, span 65,550 square feet, and feature 72 units. Building C (03) will rise six stories, hold 60 residences, span 56,981 square feet, and include a roof deck and a garage, though it will not offer commercial space on the ground floor, and cost $3.5 million to build. Matching the other structures, Building D (04) will also reach a height of six stories and include a garage and 65 residential units, though it will not house any commercial space. In total, the building will hold 71,437 square feet of space, and cost $3.5 million. The entire complex will offer parking for 132 cars and 96 bicycles.
Subscribe to YIMBY’s daily e-mail
Follow YIMBYgram for real-time photo updates
Like YIMBY on Facebook
Follow YIMBY’s Twitter for the latest in YIMBYnews
I remember three years ago, neighbors wanted to preserve the graffiti encased wall and developers had to agree lest they would have not be allowed to build.
Kool as long as you keep government housing out of it it will stay nice
DesignBlendz has taken advantage of the wall to create what looks to be a green patio oasis, as seen in the third rendering.
You should double check the construction cost estimates. $3,500,000/73,000 SF GBA is say $48/SF. The real number is 3-5x’s that. Where did you get the cost estimates from?
Two blocks over is the heart of the worst open air drug and prostitution market in the USA. We haven’t even begun to realize how bad this will work out. I guess people think it’s funny.
Next door, Kensington Court sold out their 174 condos at $400,000+ so there is demand for housing in the immediate vicinity. As more and more people move into the area, it’s likely that “the worst open air drug and prostitution market in the USA” will relocate.