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November 29, 2017

Affordable housing units, residential projects approved for three Philly neighborhoods

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05312016_Kensington_MM Max Marin/For PhillyVoice


Three new projects were approved during Tuesday’s Civic Design Review, making way for an additional 253 residential units, including 83 affordable housing units, in Philadelphia.

The projects will be built in Sharswood, West Philadelphia, and Kensington, Curbed reported.

The Sharswood development will house the 83 new affordable housing units in an ongoing attempt to breathe new life into the little Sharswood neighborhood, located immediately east of Brewerytown in North Philly. The project, part of the Philadelphia Housing Authority’s Sharswood-Blumberg revitalization plan, will include a common lawn area, covered bike rakes, a community center, and units ranging from one to four bedrooms.

The Sharswood project also has an environmental element, with all units planned to be Energy Star-certified. The new homes will be in buildings ranging from one to three floors within a 107,411-square-foot area at 2200 W. Oxford Street.

The new housing units in Kensington would call for the demolition of several warehouses to make way for 40-unit condos. The development includes 14 rowhomes, 10 parking spaces, and 14 bicycle spots at 2301-15 Emerald Street.

In West Philadelphia, the project at 4125 Chestnut St. got further approval (after getting the go-ahead earlier this month) to raze a carwash and build a six-story apartment building with office space on the first floor. The units will cover 66,749 square feet.