Almost every new development of "modern" rowhouses going up in Philly today seems to boast what passes today for a bay window: a boxy protrusion jutting out of its the facade. Checking the homepage of NakedPhilly.com yesterday yielded no fewer than three new developments with bay windows out of six total postings. But doing it well? That's less common.
Which is why we call your attention to this pending offering from D3 Development, doing business as 120 W. Oxford LLC. The 10 rowhouses on with angled bays looking up and down Oxford Street in Kensington sit just across from D3's Oxford Mills development, which has gotten press for billing itself as an educaiton hub, with discounted rents for teachers and commercial space dedicated to education nonprofits including Teach for America. The roughly 2,000-square-foot rowhouses with off-street parking in the back got zoning approval this month. D3's Greg Hill says construction on these will take place "through the later part of [next] year."
But back to those bay windows: Breaking the mold on these things has been a tricky prospect for developers in recent years. Local builders Postgreen had initially planned for some inventive, rippling architecture on their Avant Garage project in Fishtown, so that residents could look through angled bays up and down the street. That plan was quashed by the Streets Department, which has strict rules about protruding windows, how far they can project and how far apart they must be. The initial rendering's below, and here's how the revised project turned out.
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