Permits have been issued for the construction of a three-story two-family rowhouse at 438 West Susquehanna Avenue in North Philadelphia East. The structure will rise from a vacant lot situated on the south side of the block between North Orkney Street and North 5th Street. Designed by the Parallel Architecture Studio, the structure will span 2,820 square feet and will feature a cellar and a roof deck. Permits list the G&J Group as the contractor.
Construction costs are indicated at $326,500, of which $240,000 is allocated toward general construction, $32,000 for excavation work, $25,000 for mechanical work, $15,500 for plumbing work, and $14,000 for electrical work.
The attached structure will measure 18 feet wide and 40 feet deep, with a ten-foot-deep backyard. The building will rise 35 feet high to the main roof, 38 feet to the top of the parapet, and 45 feet to the top of the pilot house. Floor-to-floor slab heights will measure ten feet at the lower two floors and 11 feet at the third story.
The property is situated one lot away from the southwest corner of Orkney Street and Susquehanna Avenue, in something of a transitional area that may alternatively be described as part of Norris Square (Norris Square Park sits within an under-ten-minute walk to the east). The area, particularly hard-hit by a period of disinvestment, depopulation, and demolitions during the postwar period, is finally seeing a resurgence of development activity, with 438 West Susquehanna Avenue as the latest entry into its rapidly reviving urban landscape.
The York-Dauphin Station on the Market-Frankford Line is situated within a ten- to 15-minute walk to the northeast. The area’s bicycle network is gradually improving, with a dedicated two-way bike lane recently installed on North American Street several short blocks to the east.