The 9th and Wharton development wasn’t the only big project being discussed at last night’s Passyunk Square Civic Association Zoning meeting. Potential developers presented preliminary plans for community feedback prior to submitting a proposal for 1312-16 E. Passyunk Ave.
A while back we told you about potential for development of this oddly-shaped lot, but this is now the first sign of movement for this long-vacant property. The proposal last night included 6-stories, 15 condos and ground floor parking for as many as 7 cars.
Landmark Architectural Design’s plans include a unique, warehouse-style look for the front of the building along East Passyunk Avenue. The lot of this property is actually four bundled plots of land, including a sliver of property along Wharton Street. The developers are planning on using the shape of the property to their advantage with the lobby for the condos being accessible both through the parking garage on Passyunk, along with an entrance on Wharton. They’re also including a triangle-shaped green space for the back of the lot.
When first presenting the plans, a total of 15 condos were proposed, but by the end of the presentation, their plans shifted. Initially one 3-bedroom unit, nine 2-bedrooms, and five 1-bedrooms were proposed.
The major concern of the community was regarding the massive height of the structure with 6-stories, which one neighbor called “a little extreme.” Despite having the top two floors being setback, the community still was not on board for such a huge development. Seeing that the plans for the top two stories only included 3 additional units, it was said during the presentation that they would scrap those to instead make this a 4-story structure with 12 condos instead of 15.
Since the problem with many projects in the neighborhood is that of parking, these developers want to better accommodate for the neighborhood with the first floor of the development being designated for cars. The entrance for this parking garage would be along East Passyunk Avenue. To keep the garage entrance from being an eyesore, they’re planning to put planters along the street level for a bit of beautification. When asking for feedback, no neighbors expressed opposition for the parking.
Once revisions are made to the height and number of units, a formal application will be made for the review of the development.
What are your thoughts on this plan for 1312-16 E. Passyunk Ave.?