The vacant lot on the southwest corner of 3rd and Christian St. has been begging for development for years. Back in 2018, developers were pursuing a 40-unit plan for the property, which was strongly opposed by neighbors. Then, in 2019, we told you that the owners of the property were pursuing a variance for a 33-unit project with 20 parking spots on the single family zoned (RSA-5) parcel.
A slightly downsized version of that plan was eventually approved and it looks like the wheels are now in motion to break ground on the project in the near future. Construction permits were issued in January for a 3-story building with 30 residential units, 11 underground parking spaces, 14 bicycle stalls, and a roof deck. The parking garage entrance will be located on Christian Street on the west side of the building.
The design for the project was done by Ambit Architecture, who has been producing some of our favorite work in the city over the last few years. The red brick facade will be complimented by industrial-style windows, balconies, and planters along the base of the building. It’s great to see that at least 3 sides of the building will be clad in brick (the west side of the building is not shown in the renderings).
We’re happy to see this project making progress and look forward to the day that this vacant lot is turned into 30 homes for people. How do you feel about this project and its design?
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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