A transit oriented development, 1700 N. Front Street will bring 204 residential units over five stories to the Fishtown, Kensington community in Philadelphia, PA. An eclectic urban community, the project will encompass 16,429 square feet of ground-level retail space, adding to the boutique retail vibe of the community. Urby the developer, has a reputation for creating buildings that are centered around health and wellness. Promoting a healthy lifestyle, the building includes amenities such as a gym, rooftop garden and 70 bicycle parking spaces.
Uniqueness and Urby go hand-in-hand. Urby’s mandate is to make sure that no two buildings in their portfolio are the same. NORR was tasked with creating something special not only for the client but for the community. The building’s façade is wrapped in brick and alternate sections of colorful green and blue cladding which represent both the historical and whimsical nature of the community. The length and depth of the site plan restricted the feasibility for underground parking.
To keep rental rates affordable, and promote a walkable and cyclist-friendly lifestyle, the building was designed without car parking. With the project being a 4-minute walk from the Market-Frankford rapid transit line, downtown Philadelphia is a quick 15-minute train ride away, making it the perfect location for young professionals.
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