Side-by-side Construction at SW Corner of Broad and Girard

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Don’t you love a changing view? They can be found all across the city, as buildings of all different heights, shapes, and styles change the skyline and the streetscape. One spot that will look much different in all directions soon enough is the intersection of N. Broad St. & Girard Ave., one of the busiest in North Philadelphia. Perhaps best known for a now-demolished McDonald’s, a one-story CVS and a three-story building recently stood on the SW corner, with the CVS looking especially out of place at this transit hotbed. Those buildings are also gone, with two projects rising in their stead.

Let’s start with the north end of the site, 922-38 N. Broad St., where a new building is now emerging from the ground. This project will feature 196 units, along with parking for 40 cars and 64 bicycles. The ground floor commercial space calls nearly 30K sqft, and we are happy to report that the signage surrounding the property states that a Lidl grocery store will be anchoring the corner. Hightop Development brings us this seven-story design from CosicaMoos Architecture, which will change the views in the area in addition to being more transit-appropriate.

As you can see in the photo above, there is another building rising just next door. At 918 N. Broad St., another mixed-use project is changing the face of the intersection. A forgettable-if-not-ugly building stood here before, but 49-units over retail will soon take its place. We hadn’t seen any renderings until just recently, but we are happy to say that this CANNO-designed mid-rise building from Trinity Realty Companies will form an extremely handsome neighbor, opting for a more traditional look in contrast to the hyper-contemporary approach next door.

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