Do you remember way back in 2013, when “selfies” first became a fad? Does that seem like ages ago during a quaint time before social media was filled with pictures and videos that were self-shot? (Insert shameless plug for Naked Philly’s series of neighborhood Instagram Reels and TikToks) We bring this up because the first time that we checked in on the infamous Francisville Triangle was in 2013, which shows just how long things have been in the works for this property. After multiple iterations, it seems like things may finally be underway for this project that many Francisville residents have been awaiting with bated breath. Things look much different now compared to our most recent visit last summer.

View from the southern corner back in July 2021
View from the same corner, with heavy machinery on the fenced-off site
View from north corner looking at the very large site
View from the east side of the lot shows digging has begun

As a quick reminder, this triangular lot is actually two parcels: the south side will consist of a five-story building featuring 115 units and 52 parking space, and the north side which will eventually contain 29 four-story townhouse units along with another 42 parking spaces, according to the most recent zoning permits. All told, nearly 150 units and 100 parking spaces will be part of this project, which is designed by NORR. Let’s look through the plans so we can at long last get excited about what’s heading our way.

An aerial of the site looking west, with the multi-family building in the foreground
View of the multifamily building from Wylie St.
View of the southern corner of the site
Site plan shows how the two lots are divided

Clearly, this is exactly the type of upgrade we like to see for a vacant lot in a desirable neighborhood. We appreciate the increased density as the project has evolved over time, though we wish the parking was reduced to 35 spaces, which is the minimum required by zoning across the two parcels. We are sure the near neighbors are happier with the plan, however, as this will most definitely alleviate some of the strain on parking in the area. And this area is certainly no stranger to development, as all you have to do is jump west across the street to 808 N. 19th St., where we checked in on another project back in 2019.

Girard Body Shop at 808 N. 19th St. in the past
The cleared site in 2019
46 units anxiously awaiting their new eastern neighbors

This 46-unit building is now complete, and it sure looks like it will have an even larger neighbor across the street before long. Perhaps one day soon you’ll be able to stroll by and take your own selfie in front of a shiny new building instead of an empty, triangular lot.