Previously we wrote about High Street Philadelphia, which is a super-green, mixed use community being developed by home(scale). They sent me some new renderings pictured above and below, and the hope is that they’ll be able to see this project to a reality. High Street is aiming for LEED Platinum certification, the highest designation bestowed by the USGBC, and will feature 51 carbon-neutral residential units, 3 commercial units, a cafe and organic grocery, and underground parking.
Units will feature high design and contemporary materials from such brands as Duravit, Hansgroghe, Schiffini, and Fisher Paykel. They will be offered at affordable prices, or "work-force pricing," too. It’s going to be an excellent, net-zero energy development with courtyards, photovoltaic power, solar hot water, LED lighting, efficient systems, green roofs, bio-mass filtration, and access to the Philly CarShare program.
There is one hitch to this project. Home(scale) is seeking a variance to get the project rolling and there’s a hearing before the Zoning Board of Adjustment, 1515 Arch Street 18th Floor on January 8th at 9:30 am. I’ve heard from some Philly friends and there’s enormous community support for the project. Who wouldn’t be in support of swapping out a vacant, feral industrial brownfield for one of the greenest projects in the city? Not me, but it seems the Philadelphia Commerce and Planning Departments would rather keep it abandoned and vacant. I wouldn’t want to be the one to reject one of the greenest developments in the city. Not a smart move, politically speaking.
High Street Philadelphia will be located at 1647-1724 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19122.