Former Southwark House Will Be Demoed, Five Homes Coming

A little over two years ago, we called your attention to 101-109 Ellsworth St., noting that the collection of buildings was listed for sale for $1.2M. This property was known as Southwark House for over a hundred years, offering social services to the community. Southwark House merged into United Communities of Southeast Philadelphia somewhere along the line, but has continued to assist the needy with a variety of services. We didn't know whether Southwark House was closing or moving or what, but [...]
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A Couple Projects and Some Opportunities on the 2800 Block of Cecil B Moore

Turn back the clock a decade, and the 2800 block of Cecil B. Moore Ave. was in pretty rough shape. After many years of disinvestment, it was littered with blighted buildings and vacant lots, and it didn't seem likely that anything would be changing any time soon. 2800 block in 2009 Then Brewerytown happened. Over the last several years, we've seen maybe a couple thousand new units appear in this neighborhood, with small, medium, and large projects [...]
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Toll Bros. Will Transform Broad & Noble Corner

When we think of Toll Bros., we think of condos. Projects from this developer in Philadelphia have included Naval Square, Stamper Square, 2400 South, and a now under construction tower on Jewelers' Row. But Toll Bros. is a huge company and also has a rental arm, and that business is finally dipping a toe in the Philadelphia market. This effort will take place at the corner of Broad & Noble, on a property that's currently used as a [...]
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Apartment Building Sprouting on Front Street Near Carvana

If you find yourself on Front Street just south of Girard, you'll probably notice a large sign telling you that you're across the street from the Notorious Galdo Parcel. This property, located at 1101 N. Front St., has technically been owned by the City of Philadelphia since 1974. John Galdo bought a home across the street in 1989 and soon after started making improvements to the lot, including paving a portion of it and building [...]
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Little South Philly Surface Lot Should Disappear in Favor of Homes

It's not entirely clear to us exactly how a small surface parking lot came to exist spanning the 700 blocks of Latona and Manton Street. Lookin at historic maps, we can see that there were homes here at one point, but the properties have been vacant since at least the 1940s. At some time over the last several decades, a parking lot appeared at 725 Latona St., with access from Manton and space for roughly a dozen [...]
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Seventeen Units Progressing on Noble Street With Not So Steamy Views

We stumbled onto a row of new construction recently at the intersection of 9th & Noble and had a funny feeling we'd written about the project before. As is usually the case when we have these feelings, we have indeed covered this project before, back in 2016, when the property was an overgrown, fenced-in vacant lot. Back then, we told you that developers were planning six triplexes and a duplex for a total of 17 [...]
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Dirt Moving at Bank & Elbow, Bonus Points If You Can Find It On a Map

Quick - where's Bank Street? Don't know? What about Elbow Lane? Now tell us where the two intersect. Give up? Map of the intersection As you can see, Bank Street runs north to south for a mere block, between Chestnut and Market Streets, between 2nd and 3rd Streets. We don't know for sure, but we'd have to think that the street got its name because its southern end lands right in the middle of Banker's Row, [...]
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Taking a Tour of 3rd Floor Additions in Packer Park

It's a tale of two cities, er, neighborhoods in Packer Park, where half the homes in the neighborhood were constructed in the 1950s and 1960s and the rest were built in the last fifteen years. Needless to say, the older homes don't look quite the same as the newer homes. As a thought exercise, perhaps you'd like to guess what category these homes fall into? Typical homes, as seen on Packer Ave. Yeah, these obviously date [...]
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New Boutique Hotel Will Make Fine Company for the Art Museum

A reader reached out to us the other day, wondering about some recently started demolition on the 2200 block of Spring Garden Street. This felt like familiar territory, and lo and behold, we had indeed covered the property in question, 2225-27 Spring Garden St., once before. A little more than two years ago, we told you that developers had purchased this building and were looking to build a boutique hotel on the site. This seemed [...]
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Unique Trenton Avenue Property Will Turn Into Something More Conventional

Trenton Avenue is a bit of an oddity in the Fishtown/East Kensington area, ostensibly due to its unusual history. The street was originally laid out as a railroad line which went all the way to Trenton, hence the name. The line started (or ended, depending on where you were coming from) at a train station at Front & Montgomery, a property that's now the Kensington CAPA, and eventually became a freight line, shipping goods from the [...]
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