In August 2020, less than two weeks after the launch of Philly YIMBY, we reported on permits filed for the construction of a residential building at 1728 Folsom Street in Fairmount, North Philadelphia. By now, more than a year later, the four-story duplex stands completed, as confirmed by our recent site visit, with both of its units sold. The building, neatly slotted among a phalanx of recently-built residences, marks the final chapter in the dramatic revival of the block between North 17th and North 18th streets, which had sat nearly vacant as recently as a decade ago.
1728 Folsom Street
In 1682, William Penn’s surveyor general Thomas Holme laid out a rectangular street plan for the new planned city of Philadelphia. Today, the area covered by the original plan comprises Center City, yet its grid continued to extend in all directions until it either hit a natural boundary, or was shelved in the postwar period when gridded city plans fell out of favor. As such, most of the city’s central neighborhoods follow the rectilinear plan, with a few notable exceptions. One among these is Francisville, a neighborhood situated west of Broad Street in Lower North Philadelphia. Here, a small yet clearly noticeable group of streets run at a roughly 45-degree angle to the main grid, as they follow Ridge Avenue and predate the grid’s extent this far north. The neighborhood fell on hard times in the postwar period, yet today it is awash in new construction as low- and mid-rise buildings are rising in every direction. The construction boom translated to 28 category tags over the course of the past year, landing Francisville at the 30th place on Philly YIMBY’s First Anniversary Countdown, where we track article categories we tagged most frequently over the course of the past year. Today we visit the most notable developments that we have covered in the neighborhood during this period.
A construction permit has been filed for the construction of a new building at 1728 Folsom Street in the Spring Garden neighborhood in North Philadelphia, near Francisville to the north. The filings follows a May permit filing that calls for the demolition of a three-story rowhouse that presently occupies the site. 2004-20 N 5th St LLC is listed as the owner.