Permits have been issued for the construction of a new mixed-use development at 2112 Ridge Avenue in Sharswood, North Philadelphia. Designed by JKRP Architects, the building will rise four stories tall, with a commercial space at the ground floor. The rest of the building will hold 36 residential units, all slated to be apartments. The building will span 33,370 square feet.
The structure will feature a modern and simple exterior, consisting of stone block at the ground floor, with a mixture of brick and metal paneling on upper floors. Windows will be arranged in a grid with uniform size and shape, while the ground floor will have larger windows due to the presence of the commercial space and building entrance, helping create a somewhat more welcoming street presence.
The project is rising in the site of an existing vacant lot. Many years ago, this property was an intact row of three-story mixed-use structures, though these structures were demolished over time, with the most recent being the building at the southeast corner of the site (seen in the left portion of the picture). The lot itself is a large grass lawn, with some semi-mature trees fronting Ridge Avenue.
The site sits within walking distance of a variety of destinations. Temple University is not too far to the east, while transit routes crossing through the neighborhood provide transport for farther locations. A variety of new affordable housing has been developed on surrounding blocks, along with a newly constructed grocery store which is across the street.
The project should prove to be a solid addition to the property. Although the design isn’t anything too special, the density increase here in tandem with the new commerce space is certainly a step in the right direction for this stretch if Ridge Avenue. Other stretches of the corridor (namely through Francisville) have seen developers take advantage of the somewhat more generous zoning and develop mid- to large-scale mixed-use projects, and this is a trend which could become more commonplace in Sharswood moving forward, as it has already seen multiple PHA-supported projects.
No completion date is known for the project at this time.