46 Units Planned for 13th & Cambridge Next to Warehouse on Watts

Rendering of the project at 1309-25 Cambridge via KJO Architecture
Rendering of the project at 1309-25 Cambridge via KJO Architecture

Transit-oriented development is taking root in Philadelphia. Vacant lots and underutilized buildings near subway stops are getting turned into multi-family and mixed-use projects on a regular basis throughout the city. It boggles our mind how there’s been a huge 10,412 square foot CMX-4 lot less than two blocks from the Broad and Girard station sitting vacant for so long.

The lot sits at 1309-25 Cambridge St., just south of Girard Avenue and just east of Broad St. on the northern edge of the Richard Allen Homes in West Poplar. People who are into the arts and that like to party may know the lot as being right next to Warehouse on Watts.

Aerial view of 1309-25 Cambridge
Aerial view of 1309-25 Cambridge
The vacant lot at 1309-25 Cambridge
The vacant lot at 1309-25 Cambridge

It looks like more than just weeds will be growing from this lot soon. Permits were pulled in January for the erection of a 5-story, 68 foot tall building with 46 residential units, a roof deck, 15 car parking spots, and 12 bike spaces. The parcel was sold in February for $1.4 million. The current project is slightly larger than previous proposals for the site that entailed 32-34 units and more parking spaces.

We love to see this kind of density so close to the BSL and within walking distance to Center City – especially on a vacant lot. The North Broad corridor continues to evolve with several projects proposed and underway. Before you know it, Girard Avenue will be filled in with new projects all the way from Front St. to Broad St., increasing ridership on the trolley.

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