Judging by the townhome designs in the residential portfolio on their website, JKR Partners’ interest in developing an ungated community in Queen Village may have some potential.
According to PlanPhilly, the architecture and design firm has recently unveiled the details of its development proposal to the Central Delaware Advocacy Group and Queen Village Neighbors Association zoning committee. Their intentions to fill a vacant lot on Columbus Boulevard, a stone’s throw away from the I-95 Washington Avenue off-ramp, would entail building 75 townhomes with parallel parking spaces.
Each building would be three stories and would include a roof deck, three bedrooms, and three bathrooms. Additionally, a JKR spokesman gave this description of BridgeView (guess what view you'd get from the roof deck) in an email to PlanPhilly:
"Take in the view from your private roof deck or get to the action on foot; Penn’s Landing is a five minute walk from your front door."
Clearly, waterfront revitalization is on everyone's mind, and it should be interesting to see how JKR's plan with its emphasis on Penn's Landing will dovetail with the recently revealed initial concepts for Penn's Landing designed by Hargreaves Associates. Speaking of which, flood issues were also addressed in JKR's presentation. The houses on Columbus would be "lifted 8.5 feet" and the patios "four feet above the sidewalk" in order to counter potential inundation.
But before you make up your mind about the BridgeView plan, zoning details have yet to be submitted to L&I. Thus, the entire project remains up in the air.