It's no shock to see development these days in the neighborhoods represented by Fishtown Neighbors Association, East Kensington Neighbors Association, and Olde Richmond Civic Association. And while construction seems constant on corridors like Girard Avenue and Frankford Avenue, Aramingo Avenue often seems like the forgotten street in the area. And we'd posit that it's for a reason. The first two corridors have walkability on their side, while Aramingo is principally for cars. But as development continues in the area, we've seen an increasing number of projects near Aramingo. Take, for instance, the Cumberland Point Townhomes.
Developers purchased two vacant lots at 2630-32 E. Cumberland St. last summer, and they're now in the process of building three homes on the site. As you can see in the site plan above, two of the homes are fronting Cumberland Street, and the third home will front Letterly Street. One of the Cumberland homes will have a garage, and the other two homes will have open-air spots, accessed on Letterly. It's a clever way to squeeze an extra home onto the space provided by the combination of two large vacant lots. The homes on Cumberland are currently listed for sale, priced just below $400K.
Detractors might argue that the location of the homes is not ideal, given that there's a Beneficial Bank right across the street and an old garage next door. We would counter that the homes will have really easy access to a bunch of amenities and (once the horrendous construction ends) a quick jump onto I-95.
What do you think? Would you be content living so close to Aramingo Avenue? Or would prefer to live a bit deeper in the neighborhood?