Permits have been issued for the construction of a two-story single-family rowhouse at 5436 West Girard Avenue in Carroll Park, West Philadelphia. The new building will rise from a vacant lot situated on the southeast corner of West Girard Avenue and North Sickles Street. Designed by Moto Designshop, the project’s floor area will span 1,066 square feet. Permits list the City of Philadelphia as the owner and indicate Spruce Builders as the contractor.
Construction costs are listed at $106,970, of which $78,770 is allocated toward general construction, $5,200 for electrical work, $6,000 for mechanical work, and $17,000 for plumbing work.
5436 West Girard Avenue is the third development in three days that YIMBY is covering among projects proposed in a several-block vicinity by the same development team, the other two being 653 North Sickels Street and 5552 Harmer Street. Each constitutes a two-story, roughly 1,000-square-foot rowhouse that will rise in place of a vacant lot in a predominantly residential neighborhood.
5436 West Girard Avenue is more similar to the Harmer Street project, both in the details of its design and in the fact that, unlike the Sickels Street proposal, it does not replicate the massing details of adjacent prewar rowhouses along the block (in this instance, covered front porches and second-story bay windows). However, its brick facade, alignment with the sidewalk, and overall dimensions (15-and-a-half-feet wide, 40 feet deep, and 24 feet high to the roof/26 feet to top of parapet) render it contextual to its surroundings. Like its recently proposed counterparts, 5436 West Girard Avenue, unfortunately, lacks a roof deck; however, though the amenity would have been as useful as anywhere else, at least the 35-foot-long rear yard will provide ample outdoor space for future residents.
653 North Sickels Street and 5552 Harmer Street are both proposed on small lots on narrow residential streets, and thus make for an ideal fit for their respective sites. On the other hand, 5436 West Girard Avenue will rise from a larger property that also faces the wide Girard Avenue, which accommodates the route 15 trolley. As such, this larger, transit-accessible site is arguably better suited for a multi-unit building than a single-family dwelling; however, even in its present form, 5436 West Girard Avenue will constitute a contextual development that will fill a glaring street gap and reinforce the street corner.
Bus routes 30 and 52 service the surrounding area. Carroll Park, Shepard Recreation Center, and the Haverford Library are all located within relative proximity. Fairmount Park sits within a 20-minute walk to the northeast.