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April 07, 2021

Developer has plans to add 535 new residences in East Kensington

The proposal will be considered by Philadelphia's Civic Design Review board later this month

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East Kensington Aerial Source/Harmon Deutsch Architecture

Riverwards Group wants to construct 535 units, spanning several buildings, in an empty lot at 2020-58 East Somerset St. in East Kensington. The project joins another River Wards proposal across the street that would add 231 residences.

With development continuing at a breakneck pace in Philadelphia's river wards neighborhoods, a new project proposed in East Kensington would bring more than 530 residences to East Somerset Street.

The project, let by development company Riverwards Group, includes three large apartment complexes and 11 adjoined triplexes, all with green roofs. Property at 2020-58 East Somerset St., currently a junkyard, covers 105,207 square feet.

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Designed by Harmon Deutsch Architecture, the proposal includes several courtyards, walkways, an outdoor swimming pool, dog run and a large outdoor space. Below are some renderings and a proposed site plan. 

East Kensington PoolSource/Harmon Deutsch Architecture

East Kensington FiveSource/Harmon Deutsch Architecture

East Kensington ThreeSource/Harmon Deutsch Architecture

East Kensington PlanSource/Harmon Deutsch Architecture
The first apartment building would have 187 units, the second 170 units and the third 145 units. Each of these buildings would be six stories tall. The 11 triplexes would add 33 more residences. The combined total is 535 units.

The developers have proposed a total of 179 parking spaces and 293 bicycles spaces combined for all of the buildings.

Last December, Riverwards Group proposed another 231-unit project across the street at 2750R Aramingo Ave, another vacant lot that has divided the neighborhood from the railroad tracks that run behind Somerset Street. Together, the two proposals would dramatically change the landscape of what is now a desolate two-block stretch in the neighborhood.

The latest project is scheduled for review by Philadelphia's Civic Design Review board later this month.