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4 New Houses Approved for Manayunk

Zoning board gives developer go-ahead on Silverwood Street project.

With no neighborhood objections, the Philadelphia Zoning Board of Adjustment approved four new single-family homes to be built at currently vacant garages in Manayunk.

City officials signed off on a plan Wednesday to allow developer Moxie Brothers LLC to build four, three-story, three-bedroom, 3.5-bath homes at 4570 Silverwood St. The Manayunk Neighborhood Council sent a letter of non-opposition regarding the project that wipes out a derelict and vacant garage that is often riddled with graffiti.

Attorney Rustin Ohler told the ZBA that the 80-foot wide building would be demolished and replaced with four attached rowhomes on 20-foot wide lots. The newly subdivided properties each will come with garages that account for one parking space. A one-way street between DuPont Street and Leverington Avenue, that section of Silverwood already prohibits parking on that side of the street, so no street parking will be lost.

Zoned as L-4 limited industrial, the property required a zoning variance for residential use.

Normally, proposals such as this are heard at regular MNC meeting. However, due to the civic group's summer recess, the developer met neighbors on site. From Harman Deutsch Architecture, Ryan Solimeo designed the property across from the steps to Roxborough and walked neighbors through the property.

"It was an unusual way to present a proposal, but being on site has its advantages over a rec. center. The neighbors, I think, were able to get a better feel of what we're trying to do," he said.

The civic submitted a letter of non-opposition, which civic President Kevin Smith confirmed to Patch.

The project will include new trees in front of the properties. Additionally, each home will have three decks going off of each level and the homes will not have basements due to the steep incline off the back.

joan September 23, 2012 at 02:38 PM
I own property on Silverwood St a few blocks from here. After a certain time of day, you have to drive around looking for parking. This may not be taking parking spaces away by building, but adding 3 bedroom houses is a garantee that more than one person will live in those houses. How many households only have one car now a days? There will only be parkinbg for one, therefore in reality they WILL BE taking parking away from the neighborhood.
Debbie Thomas September 24, 2012 at 01:02 AM
And what about the homes that are being built at Leverington & Silverwood? That's going to take away parking also, for the same reason Joan stated above. Pretty soon people will have park blocks and blocks away or directly on the sidewalk.
joan September 25, 2012 at 12:13 AM
Debbie they already park on the pavements. MY pavement! I've called the police about it but nothing comes of it but damage to my property.
Roni October 16, 2012 at 03:52 PM
There is already no parking at all along Leverington Ave from Silverwood to Wilde. It is one thing if the homes go to families, but they aren't... most of the houses are rentals with 3 and 4 cars. It is only going to make our situation worse!

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