One of the most recent developments in Philadelphia is being proposed by Gnome Architects in the historic Powelton Village, a neighborhood located in northeastern University City. New plans for a 4-story building with 15 residential units and commercial space on the ground floor have been proposed to the Philadelphia Historical Commission. Developments in Powelton Village must seek approval from the Philadelphia Historical Commission, as historical districts across Philadelphia protect over 800 buildings from significant exterior changes or demolition without prior approval.

Plans were originally presented on November 22nd to the Commission, for the 4-story building to replace the existing commercial building located at 3401 Hamilton St. Currently at the address is the delicatessen Kimey’s Place, which has been permanently closed. After the original proposal on the 22nd, the development team was told that the plans did not meet the standards of the historic neighborhood of Powelton Village, and that a new design was needed.

The new design was proposed to the Historical Comission last week, on December 9th. The development team has released renderings, which appear to fit the architectural style of the surrounding buildings more closely. Time will tell if the new development designs will be approved, and if the existing structure will be replaced with a residential building.

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