Plans Change Significantly For Large East Kensington Lots, But Should Actually Move Forward Soon

East Kensington has flourished over the last several years, mostly because it's directly adjacent to Fishtown, and its lighter home prices have attracted buyers that want to live in this part of town on a lower budget. After years of disinvestment thanks to the departure of industry, there was a considerable amount of vacant land in East Kensington, and developers have bought up most of it and built hundreds of new homes. Also due to the [...]
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Apartment Building With a “View” Proposed on Aramingo

Like the US economy, the real estate market in Philadelphia has been running hot for about a decade, and we're now at the point in the development cycle that developers have gobbled up almost every obviously attractive parcel in desirable neighborhoods. This being the case, we're seeing more and more examples of projects that try to make the best of challenging development sites, as many developers find themselves faced with a lack of better options. [...]
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New Homes Appear Off Grays Ferry Avenue, Behind Former Bottom Dollar

Over the last several years, we've seen quite a bit of construction activity on the eastern edge of the Grays Ferry neighborhood, what we'd describe as development overflow from Point Breeze. As time goes by, we see occasional projects a little further west in the neighborhood, but nothing resembling the critical mass of construction that happened in Graduate Hospital maybe fifteen years ago, or in Point Breeze half a dozen years back. Still, bit by bit [...]
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Student Housing Project Looks to Push Northward into Mantua

Later this summer, developers Temple Nest Apartments will got to the ZBA, seeking a variance to build a four-story building at 3526 Mount Vernon St., on a parcel that's currently sitting vacant. The building, as proposed, would contain 18 apartments which we have to think would target a student population, given that this developer specializes in that market. This project has a couple unique aspects though, which could make things interesting at the ZBA. Current view [...]
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Changes and Also Stability at 22nd & Christian

A couple readers have reached out of late, wondering about ongoing and upcoming changes at the intersection of 22nd & Christian. And the curiosity is understandable, given the surprising amount of action here, in a neighborhood that sees less and less construction these days. Let's go around the horn, shall we? New home off the southwest corner Maybe a year ago, a fire severely damaged the two properties closest to the southwest corner such that both [...]
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Renovation of Legendary Blue Horizon is, uh, on the Horizon

We were traveling up North Broad Street the other day and noticed some significant progress on the new building at 1310 N. Broad St., a project we first told you about a year and a half ago. You may recall, an unimpressive two story building stood at this address, which was most recently used as a banquet hall. With new ownership, the old building is now gone and a new five-story building is rising in its place. [...]
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Literally, There’s a Shiny New Building at 10th & Buttonwood

If you're traveling through or near Callowhill, there's a new building under construction that's quite eye catching. Sure, any construction in any part of town makes our radar bleep, but this particular project would draw the attention of even the most oblivious phone gazer due to one very specific characteristic- its sheathing. Most wood-framed new construction gets covered in either plywood or green zip system panels, but the project at 1001 Buttonwood St. is sheathed in something [...]
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Coming Soon to 40th & Sansom, Tangen Hall

It's true that there's very little room for Penn to expand its footprint on the edges of campus, though the university has continued to build new buildings over the last several years. Two of those buildings, the creatively named New College House and the rather derivatively named New College House West, have gone up on land that students previously enjoyed as open space. 3901 Walnut St., on the other hand, took a property that was underused as [...]
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Howard Street Losing a Cool Industrial Building, Gaining a Bunch of Apartments

Like countless other properties in South Kensington, the buildings at the northeast corner of Howard & Norris were used for industrial purposes for decades, dating back to the 19th century. Way back when, the site was used by a few different carpet mills, and into the middle of the last century, American Brass Company made its home at this location. We couldn't tell you exactly when the brass company moved on, but most recently, the unique [...]
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Will a New Apartment Building Replace Millcreek Tavern?

Given its location at 4200 Chester Ave., a stone's throw from both Penn and University of the Sciences, you might expect that Millcreek Tavern would lean heavily into the neighboring student population and work hard to attract that demographic. And sure, students find their way through the door, but the bar/restaurant is probably better known as a spot for locals, attracting a diverse group of guests from different walks of life in the neighborhood. If that sounds [...]
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