New Office Building Signals a Shift in Focus for North American Street Corridor
North American Street is an old industrial corridor in South Kensington. Over the years, new industrial buildings have been built, mostly small warehouses. As South Kensington has attracted new residents and development, artists and creative companies have been making the neighborhood their home. American Street is starting to see similar new development. The Crane Arts Building is the conversion of an old warehouse at the southern end of American Street and Techadelphia is a new apartment and office building being built on a former vacant lot a few blocks to the north. Now, MNB Contractors is building a new office building, which would be great for creative and high-tech start up companies, at 2101 North American Street, at the intersection of American and Diamond Streets.
This new office building is being designed by KJO Architecture. It will have five stories and 60,000 square feet of office space, although the first floor on American Street will probably have retail space. There would be a seventeen space parking garage underground, with an electric vehicle charging station, and additional parking for bicycles. The building will have large windows all around. The developers are flexible about tenants, but creative and high-tech startup companies are the likely tenants in that neighborhood. The preliminary name for the project is “American Street Offices”. The developers hope to start construction in spring or summer of this year.
The progression of the North American Street corridor is great for the South Kensington neighborhood, helping to create modern jobs in a community which had suffered job loss for too long. The increase in creative and technology jobs in South Kensington helps create more demand for housing and fill up the huge amount of housing being built in South Kensington and surrounding communities. Interested in buying or renting in the South Kensington area? Please contact The Condo Shop at 215.692.6636.