Permits have been issued for the construction of a three-story single-family rowhouse at 2234 Manton Street in Point Breeze, South Philadelphia. The new structure will rise from a vacant lot sited on the south side of the block between South 22nd and South 23rd streets. Designed by Plato Marinakos, Jr. of Plato Studio, the building will span 2,504 square feet and will include a cellar and a roof deck. Permits list Gilad Bergerin as the contractor.
Construction costs are specified at $163,300, of which $150,000 is allocated toward general construction, $6,500 for mechanical work, $6,000 for electrical work, and $800 for plumbing work.
The attached structure will measure 15 feet wide and 41 feet deep, with a 14-foot-deep rear yard. The building will rise prominently over its two-story neighbors, standing 35 feet high to the main roof, 38 feet to the top of the parapet, and 44 feet to the top of the pilot house. A significantly raised ground floor, which will sit five-and-a-half feet above the sidewalk, will demand a tall stoop that will fit contextually with its neighbors and allow for ample sunlight to reach the cellar.
The site previously housed a two-story rowhouse, which was demolished around 2019. Although it matched its surroundings in terms of scale and design, its unornamented, dilapidated and weather-stained exterior looked rather drab at the time of demolition. As such, not only will the new structure fill a nuisance street gap that has persisted for nearly five years by now, but it will also constitute a clear improvement over its predecessor.
2234 Manton Street is conveniently located across from the Queen Memorial Library at 1201 South 23rd Street. The route 7 bus runs northbound along South 22nd Street and southbound along South 23rd Street at either end of the block; the route 64 bus runs along Washington Avenue four short blocks to the north. Wharton Square Playground, a block-sized public square, is situated four short blocks to the southwest.