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Live-Work Development Planned for Olde Kensington

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Renderings of a mixed-use project in Olde Kensington were revealed yesterday in advance of the Civic Design Review meeting in March. The five-story development is nowhere near as large as the proposed Blatstein project on South Broad, but given its size of 24,373 square feet it's required to undergo the CDR process.

The proposed project at 1222 N. 2nd Street, designed by Harman Deutsch Architects and being developed by Blackstone Development, consists of eight loft-style, live-work spaces on the first floor, as well as commercial space. The rest of the floors are dedicated to 78 apartments, a mix of studio, 1-, and 2-bedroom units each with their own balconies. The renderings reveal that the fourth floor will feature a green roof terrace.
A parking garage with 50-plus spaces and 29 bike spaces is also included in the proposal.

Currently, the property is zoned industrial, which means in addition to the CDR meeting on March 1 the project will have to be rezoned for mixed-use.

Harman Deustch also designed of the "Techadelphia" project on 1525-27 N. American Street in East Kensington. Earlier this week the Philadelphia Planning Commission voted in favor of recommending a zoning variance for the mixed-use project.

· 1222 N. 2nd Street [CDR]