Not many people would see value in a blighted lot situated between a gas station, a scrap yard, and train tracks. 2750R Aramingo Avenue is an 80,735 square foot industrial (I2) zoned parcel that sits between Aramingo Ave., Somerset St., Tulip St., and the Conrail tracks. If you walk by the property today, you’ll probably find trash strewn everywhere, enough tires to outfit a tanker truck, and maybe a couch or two rotting away. This property has been an eyesore for nearby neighbors for decades and has been forgotten by the rest of the city.
It looks like this property may get a new lease on life. The Riverwards Group, a prominent development company that has experience building along the Conrail tracks, is proposing a multi-family project for the site. The development will entail 231 residential units, 84 car parking spots and 127 bicycle spaces. The residential units are split between a 113-unit building, a 94-unit building, and 8 triplexes. The triplexes front the street at the corner of Tulip and Somerset St. with the larger buildings set back towards the train tracks.
Not only will this proposed project clean up and beautify the property, but The Riverwards Group also plans on providing public space for the community. A pocket park with hardscaping and benches is planned for the corner of Tulip and Somerset. Hardscaped pedestrian walkways are planned throughout the interior and back side of the site along with more benches and landscaping. Street trees will be planted along the perimeter of the property.
Harman Deutsch Ohler Architecture did the design work for the project. The buildings will include green roofs and roof decks with the larger building having an elevated pool. The facade will incorporate brick, composite metal, and fiber cement siding.
This project will need a variance as residential use is not allowed by-right in I-2 districts. The zoning hearing is scheduled for today, December 1st. At the community meeting a couple of weeks ago, the overwhelming message from neighbors was that they wanted to see this blighted property cleaned up. This project will do just that and should provide a spark of energy to this section of the neighborhood.
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Kyle is a Philadelphia real estate agent on the Agent PHL team at Compass, a homeowner, and a real estate investor in Philadelphia. Kyle uses his extensive Philadelphia real estate market knowledge to help his clients find homes, investment properties, and development opportunities.
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