Main Street in Manayunk is in a unique location. It runs between the Schuylkill River bank and the hills of Manayunk. Some parts of Main Street are very lively, with retail and restaurants, and other parts are quieter industrial areas. One of those areas is on the 4000 block, where there are industrial buildings and large stores. One such store is called “Dwelling” and is owned by the Gevurtz family, who purchased a small, two-story historically-certified warehouse building from the nineteenth century and converted it into a furniture store at 4050 Main Street. The Gevurtz family is planning to downsize the store and convert some of the building into apartments, with a large addition behind it and on the side.
The new project is designed by Harman Deutsch Architects. It will have a total of 39 rental units, all above the 100-year floodplain. A four-story red brick addition will be built facing the river, with a sloping roof that will resemble the historic mills of Manayunk. Three rowhomes next door will be mostly demolished, but the facades will be saved and incorporated into the development. The first floor of one of the facades will have access to the mechanical parking garage, which will be on two levels and have 26 spaces. All parking will, also, be above the floodplain. The third floor behind the facades will have more apartments. The building will have fourteen spaces for bicycle parking. The management company, GEI, plans to have a text alert system in case of flooding.
Manayunk has seen much development over the years, including new development on Venice Island. Main Street is seeing some of that new development on sections that used to just be for industry. The new development at 4050 Main Street is starting the redevelopment of the 4000 block, making it more like the rest of thriving Main Street. Call The Condo Shop Keller Williams for more info. 215.692.6636