Permits have been issued for the construction of a three-story, four-unit multi-family development at 4237 Mantua Avenue in Belmont, West Philadelphia. The structure will replace a vacant lot on the north side of the block between North 42nd Street and Belmont Avenue. Designed by Plato Marinakos, Jr. of Plato Studio, the building will span 8,4625 square feet and will feature a cellar. Permits list Yona Construction as the contractor and specify a construction cost of $700,000.
The new building will measure 16 feet wide and stretch 86 feet long, with an 11-foot-deep rear yard. In a welcome contextual gesture, not only is the building set ten feet back from the sidewalk line to match adjacent prewar rowhouses, but it will also feature a raised porch that will match the depth of the porches of the buildings that line the block. Unfortunately, the proposed porch will not be covered nor will it extend the full width of the building, in a manner of its counterparts.
Although quite distant from the subway, 4237 Mantua Avenue sits within a rather transit-accessible location. The route 15 trolley runs a block to the north along Girard Avenue, across from the regional rail branch that runs behind the proposal site, and the route 10 trolley runs along Lancaster Avenue several short blocks to the southwest. The Centennial section of Fairmount Park is situated within a five- to ten-minute walk to the north.