UPDATE: The developer agreed in November to eight apartments in the existing two stories, no parking, and alley improvements. Check the Passyunk Square civic’s zoning committee update here for a little more info.
A three-story apartment building has been proposed for 1235-37 Federal St., currently the site of a Jehovah’s Witness hall.
The plan was presented earlier this month to the Passyunk Square Civic Association zoning committee meeting, where neighbors heard that the developer would add a third floor to the existing two-story properties. Ten apartments (nine two-bedrooms and a one-bedroom unit) were proposed for the structure.
The information-only presentation was introduced by David Orphanides, zoning attorney for Rory Scerri-Marion at the Tierview Group as a way to get feedback from the community.
Orphanides explained that each unit would have its own roof deck. The first story would operate as a sort of garage — accommodating up to six cars with slanted parking spots accessed on Annin Street, as well as a bike racks and garbage area for tenant use. The apartments would be rented by City Wide Realty at market rate, which was cited at the meeting at being around $2,000/month.
Community member concerns ranged from parking woes – the 10 apartments could potentially add more than 10 additional vehicles to an area that already has a shortage of spaces – and the possibility that the increased height of the building would have an effect on the block. Orphanides agreed that a shadow study would be in order to determine the block’s current daylight condition and to find ways to minimize the new building’s effect on neighboring structures.
Although the plan has not received a formal zoning refusal, it is expected that the developer will return to present a revised plan at a future zoning meeting. To start, the PSCA Zoning Committee suggested that Orphanides and his team consider lowering the density of the building to accommodate fewer, but larger, apartments – possibly down from 10 to eight.
– Danielle Zimmerman
CORRECTION: Information about the make-up of the 10 apartments and the future use of the current building has been corrected from an earlier version.