Those South Philly rowhouses can start feeling cramped, especially as we require more to maintain a certain quality of life, so it’s no wonder that homeowners want to expand upwards.
The owners of the property at 1821 S. Hicks St. are trying to do just that by adding more square footage by building out the second story, constructing a third level, and creating roof garden. This might not seem like a big deal, but such expansion was a hot-button issue that divided the community last year when a bill attempted to ban third-story additions and roof gardens for one year, was proposed (and subsequently killed). Three-story homes have been quite the hot topic in the neighborhood for a while now.
|Much better than what’s there now|
As the owners’ attorney, David G. Orphanides demonstrated with a nifty shadow study, there would be limited impact on neighbors in the surrounding area. Plus, the envisioned design, complete with a mansard roof, is a vast improvement of the current condition. The owners plan to sell the property if/when the renovations are complete, rather than renting it.
|The shadow knows…This is supposed to show something about shadows.
That’s if you look reeeeeaaaaally close
If you have an opinion on the house, or other thoughts on three-story addtions in the neighborhood, you can share them at the Zoning Board of Adjustment’s public hearing on Feb. 5 at 9:30 a.m at 1515 Arch Street, 18th Floor.
You curious about something west of Broad? You may have noticed we’re keeping an eye out over there, too. Drop us a line at email@example.com so we can answer those questions you’ve been dying to ask.