There’s a Yachtsman Sized Hole on Frankford Avenue

Though we never set foot inside, we were always transfixed by the rounded Formstone-clad building at the corner of Frankford Avenue and Jefferson Street. According to Inga Saffron, the building at 1444 Frankford Ave. possessed a rich history, having been constructed as a red brick home in the 1860s or the 1870s. After about a hundred years, the building was converted into a bar called Dyer's, with a rooming house upstairs. It was around this time that [...]
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Twelve Story Building Will Replace Awful Shopping Center at 5th & Spring Garden???

We first drew your attention to the terrible Liberty Shopping Plaza at 501 Spring Garden St. waaaaay back in 2011. At the time, we likened this shopping center to a jail for stores and offered a recommendation to tear it down and start over at this prominent location. More recently, we revisited the shopping center and noted that it had become slightly more friendly to shoppers, with a few storefronts breaking through the exterior of the building [...]
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Reduced Apartment Building Under Construction on Ludlow, Sister Building Will Follow Suit

We've been looking at two potential projects on the 4400 blocks of Chestnut and Ludlow for half a decade, following along as the plans have evolved over the years. First, in 2015, we told you that Orens Brothers intended to build a pair of apartment buildings at 4415 Chestnut St. and 4415 Ludlow St., potentially with a bridge connecting the two. By 2018, those plans had changed, as the developers presented clearer plans for 110 apartments on Chestnut [...]
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500 Apartments Would Be Better Than Bus Parking For a Delaware Avenue Property

By all accounts, the Delaware River waterfront should be one of the most attractive parts of Philadelphia. And yet, for a host of reasons, that ain't the case. We'd contend that I-95 has been the primary limiting factor for development along the waterfront over the last several decades, cutting the water off from the rest of the city. Barring an unexpected "Big Dig" level infrastructure project (please don't hold your breath), this won't be changing any time soon, unfortunately. [...]
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Sweet Renderings For a Pair of Upcoming Fishtown Projects

About a month ago, we told you to be on the lookout for a new project on the 1400 block of Oxford Street, just a block off Frankford Avenue. The project, which called for a new apartment building with 42 units, 34 parking spots, and a rooftop pool, will be located at 1408-18 Oxford St., a parcel which has been used for industrial purposes for longer than you've been alive. In recent decades, the building [...]
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Demo Notices at 19th & Bainbridge, Condos Coming Next

For decades, a religious non-profit has occupied a double-wide and unassuming building at the southeast corner of 19th & Bainbridge. The foreign missions arm of the National Baptist Convention, the Foreign Mission Board (FMB), operates numerous mission stations in Africa, the Caribbean, and Central America. Though the group's mission is primarily missionary in nature, it also offers educational services, health services, various supplies, and building repair and maintenance services in some incredibly poor communities. From what we can tell, [...]
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We Got Renderings of El Magnet, Which Loosely Translates to El Magnet

A couple months ago, we brought 1141 N. Front St. to your attention. Construction had recently gotten started at this long vacant lot on the Fishtown/Northern Liberties border, and we shared the details that a 6-story mixed-use building with 43 apartments, 13 parking spaces, and roughly 1,800 sqft of retail space was in the works. We were naturally stoked about the project, not only because of the elimination of yet another vacant lot, but also because it offered [...]
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Contemporary Apartment Building Will Land Near 7th & Girard

Around 2008, the four story building at 629 W. Girard Ave. was demolished. Well, that's not entirely true- it was only mostly demoed, if we're striving for accuracy. The upper floors of this long vacant structure certainly went away, but some elements of the first floor of the building remained for some reason. Behind what little was left of the building was an overgrown vacant lot, crying out for redevelopment. Back in 2007 Looked like this for [...]
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Demolition at 17th & Federal Means What?

The northwest corner of 17th & Federal has looked pretty rough for as long as we can remember. Since developers bought it in 2015, the building at 1701 Federal St. has been sitting vacant and blighted, with its ground floor retail space unoccupied and plywood in its 2nd floor windows. The building didn't look so hot even before developers stepped in, with a windowless corner store occupying the commercial space, and some faded signage advertising cold cuts [...]
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Huge Project Under Construction at Lehigh & Kensington?

A few readers have reached out recently, wondering about some significant construction activity ongoing at 339 E. Lehigh Ave., which is where Lehigh hits Kensington Avenue and the El. Incidentally, this intersection is also the beginning of a stretch of submerged Conrail tracks which were used as an encampment for drug users for years until a 2017 City cleanup effort. In recent years, the property at 339 E. Lehigh Ave. was a U-Haul location, offering truck [...]
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