JKR Partners announced an ambitious plan for a vacant lot at the intersection of Catharine and Columbus to the Central Delaware Advocacy Group yesterday: 75 row homes, an interior parking lot, and roof decks all around. Though the proximity to the waterfront would certainly be a draw for residents, the development seems a little suburban and drab.
The Bridgeview homes would all have 3 bedrooms and bathrooms, and encompass 1,800 sq ft. The key selling point, and the namesake of the development would be the view of the Ben Franklin bridge available from each home's roof deck.
Reactions were largely positive: the Queen Village Neighbors Association had been hoping for townhomes over a tower, and this project would deliver that for them. They also hope that the development would cut down on drug use in the area. However, CDAG is concerned that the resident's association might put up a gate, and "gated communities are contrary to the goals of the Central Delaware Master Plan".
· JKR proposes 75 townhomes for vacant lot at Columbus and Catharine [Plan Philly]