Philadelphia YIMBY’s recent site visit has revealed that façade installation continues to progress at a seven-story, 146-unit mixed-use building at 741 Spring Garden Street in Poplar, Lower North Philadelphia. Designed by JKRP Architects and developed by Arts + Crafts Holdings, with Camfred Construction as the contractor, the project will span 99,114 square feet, which includes retail, as well as car and bicycle parking. Permits specify a construction cost of $4.95 million.
The development spans an entire city block bound by Spring Garden Street to the south, Green Street to the north, North Perth Street to the east, and North 8th Street to the west. The project, which relaces a parking lot, will include a 1,279-square-foot roof deck and that the units will range from studios to two-bedrooms.
The top floor will be set back on the Spring Garden side, creating space for a shared roof deck overlooking the Center City. A canopy will project over part of the roof deck, as an extension of the cornice that spans the roof perimeter. The canopy will provide a subtle yet notable skyline element while its black metal panel cladding will reference Spring Garden Street-facing cornices above the first and second floors.
the building, with its long, imposing horizontal form and a front-facing setback deck, has the aspect of an ocean liner sailing toward Spring Garden Street. The simile is a reflection on the current severely underbuilt state of the thoroughfare, where even a seven-story mid-rise such as the one at hand exudes a dominating presence over the surroundings. While we are happy to see the multi-family building at 741 Spring Garden Street take shape (its apparent inclusion of windowless bedrooms notwithstanding, assuming the interior layouts have not been changed since their original publication), we also look forward to even more significant developments, with even greater residential unit counts, take shape along this important and centrally located urban corridor.