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.
Construction work continues to progress steadily at The Maven, a 28-unit mixed-use development rising at 1533 Ridge Avenue in Francisville, North Philadelphia. Designed by CANNOdesign and developed by Khosla Properties, the building rises five stories tall, with a commercial space on the ground floor. Residential units situated above, consisting of studios, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom apartments. Tester Construction is the general contractor. In total, the building holds 23,665 square feet of space. Construction costs estimated at $3.9 million.
Construction is making rapid progress on The Maven, a 28-unit mixed-use development at 1533 Ridge Avenue in Francisville, North Philadelphia. When completed, the building will rise five stories tall and include a commercial space in the ground floor. The units will consist of studios, one-bedrooms and two-bedrooms. Canno Design is behind the architectural work for the project, with Khosla Properties developing it, and Tester Construction taking up the contracting work. The building will hold 23,665 square feet of space and will cost an estimated $3.9 million to build.
Permits have been filed for the construction of The Maven, a mixed-use development at 1533 Ridge Avenue in Francisville, North Philadelphia. The building will hold 28 apartments and a ground floor commercial space on Ridge Avenue. The five-story structure will provide 23,665 square feet of space within its 6,380-square-foot footprint. The units are set to be a mixture of one- and two-bedroom apartments. CANNOdesign is the project architect. Khosla Properties is the developer. Construction costs are estimated at $3.9 million.