Permits have been issued for the construction of a four-story, five-unit apartment building at 717 North 35th Street in Mantua, West Philadelphia. The development will replace a vacant lot on the east side of the block between Fairmount Avenue and Aspen Street. Designed by the 24 Seven Design Group, the building will feature a cellar and a roof deck, which will likely offer dramatic skyline views due to the structure’s prominence. Permits list Efe Holdings as the contractor and a construction cost of $800,000.
The building will rise 38 feet tall to the main roof, maximizing the local height limit, and 42 feet both to the top of the parapet and the stair bulkhead. The structure will measure 25 feet wide and 63 feet deep, with a 21-foot-deep rear yard and a five-foot-deep light well at the north side. Ceiling heights will measure approximately eight and a half feet.
The development boom in eastern West Philadelphia, in great part driven by ever-growing real estate prices and housing demand in and around University City, continues unabated. The proposal at 717 North 35th Street, which is situated at the neighborhood’s northern edge half a block south of the rail trunk line and rather remote from subway and trolley lines (though the route 31 and 38 buses both run within a block of the development), underscores that notable urban revival now reaches the most remote, long-neglected corners of the once densely built-out neighborhood.