Permits have been issued for the construction of a three-story, three-unit apartment building at 2405 North 6th Street in North Philadelphia East. The development will rise from a vacant lot on the east side of the block between West York and West Cumberland streets, just to the north of the former. Designed by JT Ran Expediting, the structure will contain 3,027 square feet and feature a basement and a roof deck. Permits list JPL Construction as the contractor and indicate a construction cost of $300,000.
The structure will measure 17 feet wide and 69 feet deep, with a 15-foot-deep, 351-square-foot rear yard. The structure will rise 35 feet to the main roof (38 feet to the parapet and 45 feet to the top of the bulkhead). The ground floor will be elevated four feet above the sidewalk and floor-to-floor heights will measure 11 feet at the ground floor and ten feet at the floors above. The 711-square-foot roof deck will be reserved for the residents of the unit #3.
The building’s street-facing exterior will be predominantly clad in brick, with vinyl siding adding an accent on the two-story cantilevered section on the two upper levels.
2405 North 6th Street is situated solidly within North Central Philly, where North Philadelphia East starts to transition into West Kensington. The project may be described as located on the northeastern periphery of the general Temple University area, although its rather remote, 20-minute walking distance to the main campus makes the description something of a stretch.
The predominantly residential, working-class rowhouse community where the project is situated has suffered from a prolonged period of depopulation and demolitions in the postwar period, and was the subject of the “Grandeur and Desolation” feature YIMBY published a few years ago. And although numerous vacant lots continue to sprawl throughout the neighborhood, developments such as 2405 North 6th Street continue to gradually yet persistently restore its formerly densely-built urban fabric, and the surrounding area has added numerous new (primarily small-scale) developments since the feature’s publication.