36 Affordable Townhomes to Replace Vacant Lot in Port Richmond

Completion is anticipated for fall 2016.

Grace Town Homes rendering | Kramer + Marks Architects | Image courtesy of Ceisler Media

Kramer + Marks Architects | Courtesy of Ceisler Media

About ten minutes from the blighted Orinoka textile factory building, another eyesore takes up promising real estate. Fortunately, like Orinoka, the vacant lot at 2201 E. Auburn Street in Port Richmond awaits a Friday groundbreaking on a project that will, upon completion, bring 36 affordable townhomes to the area. Completion is anticipated for fall 2016.

The residential development is to be called Grace Town Homes, according to a press release, and was conceived from a partnership between the Women’s Community Revitalization Project and the Firm Hope Baptist Church. It was designed by Kramer + Marks Architects.

Google Street View

The site as seen from Google Street View

Friday’s groundbreaking ceremony, scheduled for 6:30-8:00pm, will count Councilman Mark Squilla and State Representative Mike O’Brien among its attendees.

Per the media advisory, the units are being made available to financially-strapped families and will be going for between $450 and $650/month, depending on an applicant’s financial capacity. Moreover, there will be options for eventual home ownership. Each home (they range from two- to four-bedrooms) includes central air and washer & dryers, among other amenities.

As mentioned earlier, the site is near the Orinoka textile building, a blighted behemoth we told you about back in November after hearing the zoning board had approved plans for its mixed-use redevelopment (hopefully with cherry blossom trees, but let’s not hold our breath). That project is due to open in 2017, last we heard.