Mixed-Use Residential Project in Olde Kensington Awaits Approval

Blackstone Development and Harman Deutsch Architects are proposing a five-story mixed-use development for the Olde Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia.

Philadelphia–Locally based Blackstone Development and Harman Deutsch Architecture have revealed renderings of the mixed-use residential project they are planning to build at 1222 N. 2nd St. in Olde Kensington, one of the city’s most vibrant neighborhoods.

1222 N. 2nd St. in Olde Kensington

1222 N. 2nd St. in Olde Kensington

Plans call for a five-story development of nearly 25,000 square feet, which is set to include eight loft-style, live-work spaces on the first floor, as well as commercial space. The upper floors will bring a mix of 78 studio, one-, and two-bedroom apartments with balconies, according to Curbed Philly. Residents will have access to a green terrace on the fourth floor, as well as a parking garage with more than 50 spaces for cars and 29 spaces for bikes.

The proposal will be addressed during the city’s Civic Design Review meeting on March 1. The site of the project, which is currently zoned for industrial, will need to be rezoned for mixed-use.

On March 1, the commission will also review Bart Blatstein’s massive development plan at 1001 South Broad St., which could bring nearly 1,000 apartments to South Philadelphia.

Renderings courtesy of Harman Deustch Architecture