Permits have been issued for the construction of a five-story, mixed-use building at 322-40 Race Street in Old City, Philadelphia. Designed by OZ Collaborative, the building will be located on the site of the Old First Reformed United Church of Christ at the southeast corner of 4th and Race Streets. The project site currently has an 18th century house classified as significant in the historic district, a pseudo-colonial house classified as non-contributing, a surface parking lot, and open space. Permits list Domus Inc. as the contractor and a construction cost of $10.5 million.
The development will span 27,500 square feet. It will include residential and service facilities for unhoused population, commercial spaces, and offices for the church. The scope of the project includes the relocation of the 18th century house to the south property line and the restoration of its commercial first-floor façade, and the demolition of the non-contributing house.
The new building will include a two-story section for church offices adjacent to the relocated house and a five-story section at the corner with commercial space on the ground floor and residential units with support spaces on the upper floors. 34 group living units will also be developed along with four accessible units.
The new building will be designed in brick, cast stone, and metal panels. The church-office section of the building will feature cast stone and have the appearance of a separate building. The mass of the new building is broken down with shifts in height and changes in materials. The upper floors will stand on columns at the northeast side of the building.
The estimated construction timeline has not been announced yet.