Metal Finishing Out, Apartments In Near Lehigh Avenue

We have many times told you about the Workshop of the World moniker that Philly held for so many years – but industry remains prevalent within city limits today in certain areas. One example of this is at 2151-61 E. Albert St. which last served as the location for All-Brite Metal Finishing, a business that provided various metal-centric services for 40 years. But as we know, times and neighborhoods change. This stretch along Trenton Avenue as it approaches Lehigh is a perfect example of this. Situated on the border of residential and industrial uses, this property has become increasingly appealing from a development perspective as the area has seen an influx of building and investment.

Aerial of the site shows the transitional nature of the site
Close-up of front of building
View of the building from the corner of Trenton & E. Albert
Current view of building, looking across Trenton Ave. shows proximity to residential streets
View looking north towards Lehigh Ave. has a much more industrial feel
View from property looking across Trenton Ave.

Thanks to a recent ZBA meeting, we have a better idea of how things will soon change here. Developers have proposed a 26-unit, four-story building with 7 car spaces and 9 bicycle spaces. The proposed use was not the reason for the ZBA visit, as this property is surprisingly zoned RM-1, which allows for multifamily use. Two variances were requested for lot coverage and height, and both were granted by the ZBA, meaning we could see work start here shortly. Plans call for a contemporary building mixing brick and wood with ample balcony space. Let’s see what’s coming soon to the neighborhood, thanks to some renderings from KCA Design Associates.

Rendering of future view from Trenton & E. Tucker
View from E. Tucker St. shows parking access
Site plan shows curb cuts and parking layout
Currently empty lot will be the new drive aisle for the development

If this location seems like it’s a bit out of the way, you might be surprised by the amount of development in the area. Immediately across E. Albert St., we told you how six homes were to rise. And indeed, they have risen. The KJO-designed “Party Cages” show that homes fronting Trenton Avenue absolutely work in this part of the neighborhood. If you thought that was all, the massive Kensington Courts project sits just to the north on the other side of Lehigh Avenue, with even more development in the pipeline. While we are sad to see one more (admittedly rough-looking) piece of the city’s industrial heritage making way for another apartment building, it is still exciting to see the continuing rise of East Kensington.

Some newer rowhouse neighbors immediately to the southwest
Kensington Courts about a block away on Lehigh Ave.