The area between Poplar and Thompson Streets, around 26th and 27th Streets, was a former industrial area with old warehouses and vacant lots. This area is just west of Girard College and is where the Fairmount and Brewerytown neighborhoods come together, with Girard Avenue running in between. Developers Resnick Development, GM Home, and Presto Real Estate Management are redeveloping one of the vacant lots, stretching across 1214 to 1232 North 26th Street, with duplexes. The project is being designed by Landmark Architectural Design and will, also, face Thompson Street and North Taney Street.
1214 N. 26th Street will have 20 duplex units in 10 buildings. The development’s units will be condos, also known as a “planned unit development”. The buildings will be three stories tall with a basement. Each unit will be bi-level, with one unit taking up the basement and first floor and the other unit taking up the second and third floors. The units will be 672 to 1,806 square feet and each will have three bedrooms and three bathrooms. The entire development will have 20 parking spots, one for each unit, with a common drive aisle. The development will have two courtyards. The exterior of the duplexes will have brick and crosshatch patterns on the front and on top will be mansard style roofs with rooftop decks.
1214 N. 26th Street helps to expand redevelopment of a long blighted area north of Girard Avenue. Similar redevelopments are planned on, and just south of, Girard Avenue. Nearby neighborhoods are experiencing redevelopment because of the Philadelphia Housing Authority’s rebuilding of the Blumberg housing project in Sharswood and Brewerytown, which includes public housing and market rate housing. New development north of Girard Avenue continues the revitalization of the neighborhood.
By, Gabriel Gottlieb