A parking garage next to the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts on North Broad Street is in the middle of an adaptive reuse project that will convert the building into 101 residential units.
Developed by Myron J. Berman and designed by BLT Architects, the building at 142 N. Broad Street will grow a little taller, thanks to a 4-story addition that will include 16 balconies and a roof deck for residents. The market-rate apartments will be a mix of studios and 1-bedroom units, starting at around 400 square feet.
The addition will put the height of the current six-story structure more in line with the two buildings it sits between: The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts building and a Parkway Corp. parking garage.
Floors 2 through 10 will house the residential units, and the ground level will be vacant commercial space, according to a zoning appeal that was granted last May.
For the years, the building has been used for underground parking, with the upper levels sitting vacant. It initially served as a Cadillac garage. When the conversion is complete—BLT tells Curbed Philly it’ll happen early next year—it will join a host of other residential developments currently under construction on that block, including the Hanover North Broad project.
Editor's note: A previous version of this article stated that there will be 116 units. That number has changed to 101.