At another community meeting last night regarding the development of the old Mount Sinai Hospital at 4th and Reed streets, the developer and his team revealed revised plans, though the project would still have 198 apartments and 38 townhomes surrounding it.
Gagan Lakhmna, attorney Richard DeMarco and architect/project manager Jeff DiRomaldo of Barton Partners told the Pennsport Civic Association that they were responding to neighbors’ concerns, especially about parking. They boosted the proposed number of spots from 137 to 210 – a nearly 1:1 parking space to unit ratio. The new design would include a two-story, 22-foot high interior parking structure that would be hidden by the surrounding homes.
The design also calls for shrinking the height of the townhomes from 44 feet to 36 feet. Each home would have a deeper ground floor and longer rear loading garages; a rear balcony above the deeper garage was also added.
The new proposal also eliminates the front loading garages (and the five separate curb cuts for each one) on the corner of 5th and Dickinson streets and calls for one large curb cut where residents will drive through to a small “auto-court” of seven spaces.
As for the town homes, each will have a roof deck and be constructed out of stucco, metal and “real brick.” The 2,500 square foot retail component on 4th Street remains as well. Lakhmna maintained he would call another meeting to get nearby-neighbors thoughts on potential uses for the space.
Overall, the attendees’ reaction was generally positive, reflecting that the development team had listened to neighbors’ concerns and adjusted their plans accordingly.
If you want to see the proposal for yourself, the Dickinson Square West Civic Association will be holding a meeting regarding Mount Sinai tonight at Mount Moriah Temple Baptist Church (410 Wharton St.) at 7 p.m. The proposal for Mount Sinai goes before the Zoning Board on Feb. 12 at 2 p.m. at 1515 Arch Street, 18th Floor, Room 1802.
James Jennings is the founder of the blog Pennsporter — a site dedicated to exploring the neighborhood of Pennsport, Washington to Snyder, The River to Fourth.