Permits have been issued for the construction of a three-story, three-unit apartment building at 620 Diamond Street in North Philadelphia East. Located near Temple University, the structure will replace a vacant lot on the southeast corner of Diamond and North Marshall streets. Designed by Here’s The Plan, LLC, the structure will span 2,700 square feet and feature a basement and a roof deck. Permits list CDF General Contractors LLC as the contractor and specify a construction cost of $175,000.
The structure will measure 56 feet long along Marshall Street and 16 feet wide along Diamond Street, with entrances on both street-facing sides. A 16-by-nine-foot rear yard will face Marshall Street. The building will rise 36 feet to the main roof (around 38 feet to the parapet).
The building will feature an exterior that is rather standard for the city’s contemporary rowhouse construction, sporting a brick exterior accented with (presumably metal) panels encasing the shallow street-facing cantilevers on the upper floors. Masonry (or masonry-simulating cladding) will add a touch of gravitas to the building’s appearance.
Though the structure’s design does not rise to the finesse of similarly-scaled prewar rowhouse neighbors, articulated with robust corbelled brick sections, bracketed cornices, and horseshoe-adorned finials, it should make for a visually inoffensive addition to the block. More importantly, the new building will fill in a glaring corner vacant lot, even though it will come at the cost of a mature tree that currently grows at the site.
Located relatively close to the Temple University campus, which sits within a ten-minute walk to the west, the immediate surrounding area is relatively rapidly filling with new construction, which is restoring the area’s housing stock devastated by a prolonged postwar process of depopulation and subsequent demolitions.
The surrounding blocks, which still offer a number of development-ready vacant sites, are made yet more lucrative with their proximity to the Temple University regional rail station, which is situated within an under-ten-minute walk to the southwest of 620 Diamond Street and offers a direct commute to Center City, University City, and throughout the metropolitan area.