Permits have been issued for the construction of a four-story, 76-unit multi-family building located at 20-30 West Allens Lane in Mount Airy, Northwest Philadelphia. Designed by CANNOdesign, the building will span 76,724 square feet and feature a green roof as well as 26 parking spaces at ground level. Tester Construction is listed as the contractor.
The new building will feature an attractive exterior, matching design styles found throughout the neighborhood. The entire front-facing facade will see extensive use of Wissahickon Schist veneer (a stone found on other more historic buildings nearby). Windows will be arranged in a symmetrical gridded pattern, with windows on the edges of the building being slightly wider than those nearest to the center. Black window trim and plenty of lush landscaping surrounding the building are some of many higher-end finishes which will set this design apart from other projects.
The building is replacing a mechanic shop. The structure occupies a rather sprawling lot, with a surface parking lot fronting Allens Lane, with the low-slung and bland looking structure sitting more to the rear of the site. The site is situated just off of Germantown Avenue, Northwest Philadelphia’s main thoroughfare, and as such, thus building certainly is not the greatest use of the space.
The new building, meanwhile, makes much more sense at this location. The added 76 units will provide density along a major commercial corridor which is well-served by transit, helping support businesses and providing more transit riders. The building’s design is certainly unique compared to other projects, and if executed properly, could become a leading role model for later new developments in Mount Airy and beyond.
For a more in-depth look at this project and its design, check out YIMBY’s previous article, which was published in October 2022 when renderings were first unveiled for the building. YIMBY will continue to monitor progress made on the development moving forward.