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February 18, 2016

Developer proposes live-work lofts in Olde Kensington

Mixed-use project would include 78 apartments and a green terrace at 1222 N. 2nd St.

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Rendering of proposed mixed-use development in Olde Kensington.

Blackstone Development and Harman Deutsch Architects have revealed renderings of a proposed mixed-use project in Olde Kensington that would feature a combination of lofts and commercial space.

The proposal, which will be addressed March 1 at a Civic Design Review meeting, is a five-story building at 1222 N. 2nd St., according to Curbed Philly. At 24,373 square feet, its size would require a zoning variance for the property, which is currently slated for industrial use.

The design by Harmon Deutsch Architects includes eight live-work lofts on the first floor with additional commercial space. The remaining four floors would include a total of 78 studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments that would each have their own balcony.

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Aerial view of proposed mixed-use development in Olde Kensington.

Other highlights include a green terrace on the fourth floor, a 50-space parking garage and 29 spaces for bikes.

Kensington has recently attracted a wave of interest from developers looking to bring mixed-use projects to Philadelphia. Harman Deutsch Architects is also the designer behind the proposed "Techadelphia" hub at 1525 American St. in South Kensington. That project, led by developers Frankel Management Co. and Streamline Solutions, received the same zoning variance that Blackstone will need to move forward with its plans.