Another Pivot for the Eastern Section of the Foxwoods Site

Once upon a time, before COVID, there were places called casinos where you could go indoors and place wagers on card games or football games or mindlessly press a button on a slot machine for hours or minutes at a time. Some people thought casinos were fun, while other people considered them to be nuisance businesses. Many people in the former group were happy to visit casinos, but didn't want to live near them. And for this reason [...]
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Small Church Demoed on Bainbridge, Condos and Townhomes to Follow

A reader tipped us off that they noticed some recent demolition on the north side of the 1600 block of Bainbridge. We ambled over there and lo, indeed, a double-wide lot has indeed been cleared in the middle of this block, and this lot goes all the way through to Kater Street. For those that don't recall, the New Day Spring Baptist Church was previously located at 1621 Bainbridge St., in a two-story building. Last [...]
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An Unexpected Multi-Family Proposal at 17th & Federal

It was almost a year ago that we called your attention to the northwest corner of 17th & Federal, where we noted some ongoing demolition activity. The property in question was 1701 Federal St., a two-story, quadruple-wide commercial building which was once home to a corner store but had been sitting vacant and blighted for several years. Not only did mention the building on Federal Street, but we also noted that the same developers had [...]
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New Neighbor Proposed for New Frankford Avenue Building

If you've grabbed a coffee at La Colombe on Frankford Avenue at any point in the last year or so, you've probably noticed a construction site directly across the street. This project, at 1324 Frankford Ave. has meant the demolition of a longstanding industrial building which was most recently home to BDS Bearing and Drive Solutions, and the construction of a new mixed-use building. This building will include 50 apartments over retail space, and with the [...]
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Industrial Demolition on North 2nd Street

A reader reached out the other day, noting some ongoing demolition activity on N. 2nd Street in Northern Liberties, just south of Poplar Street. It turns out, we told you that this was on the horizon a little over a year ago, when we shared the news that 814-826 N. 2nd St. would be redeveloped. As we told you previously, this property was used as an electric supply house for a number of years, with the business occupying a portion [...]
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New Building Would be Big Improvement Over Beer City Shopping Center

As Fishtown has transformed over the last decade or so, Frankford Avenue tends to get the lion's share of the attention, as it's the neighborhood's primary commercial corridor. East Girard Avenue sometimes gets the short end of the stick in terms of coverage, and we can think of a few possible reasons. First, Frankford runs through the heart of the neighborhood while Girard runs along the perimeter, and that certainly matters. Also, Girard is quite wide as [...]
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Some New Construction and an Unfortunate Rehab on Franklin Street

Just last week, we showed you some new construction in Ludlow, where a new 5-story building with 13 units was replacing a lot that's been vacant for a very long time. You may recall, we also pointed out the unique modernist Temple United Presbyterian Church as well. Good times. Today, we're right back to this area, this time looking north on the 1300 block of N. Franklin Street. From what we can tell, this block was [...]
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Row of Duplexes Will Fill a Forgotten Lot in Forgotten Bottom

We've covered a handful of projects in the Forgotten Bottom neighborhood over the years, but it's been a minute, so please allow us to refresh your memories about this oft, uh, forgotten part of town. This little neighborhood is located between Grays Ferry Avenue, I-76, the Schuylkill River, and some CSX train tracks, and only has housing on the equivalent of two square blocks. The rest of the neighborhood consists of a baseball field, a FedEx building, some [...]
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Goodnight and Good Luck to the Rite Aid at 12th & Girard

In the early 1990s, 1201 W. Girard Ave. was a large vacant lot, located on the edge of the Yorktown neighborhood and several blocks from anything associated with Temple University. The property had been sitting vacant for decades, but old zoning plans indicate that there was an idea to build a small shopping center on this acre-sized parcel, anchored by a Rite Aid. By the mid-90s, the shopping center concept was struck, but a Rite Aid still appeared, sans any [...]
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Duplexes Finally Filling Long Vacant Lot Near Pat’s

Most would surely agree that 1312-16 E. Passyunk Ave. is a highly desirable property. It's on Passyunk Avenue (obviously), and just a couple blocks to the south, Passyunk transitions from a mostly residential street into one of the best commercial corridors in South Philly. It's also located steps away from Pat's and Geno's, for those that like cheesesteaks or tourists. And it's just a few steps further from the Italian Market, meaning there's inexpensive produce and high quality [...]
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