Some Updates and an Opportunity at 5th & Norris

Changes abound at the northwest corner of 5th & Norris. As recently as twelve months ago, this corner was a vast vacant lot, a former surface parking lot overgrown with grass and weeds. But that's not the case anymore. You may recall, back in the summer of 2017, we told you about two separate projects on the horizon here. Already, one of those projects is nearly finished, as four duplexes on Norris Street have exterior work completed. We [...]
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A Home Fit For a President in the Hudson River Valley

Okay, we know the Hudson River Valley isn't in Philadelphia. But last night, we saw a series of tweets from @lindsaykap about a listing in Wappingers Falls, New York, and we feel compelled to pass it along to the universe. On its face, the $2.8M listing for 126 Old Hopewell Rd. looks like a fairly straightforward mansion in the woods. Overhead view of the home Looking at the first images from the listing, the interior doesn't seem all that unusual. The [...]
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Port Richmond Books Disappearing, Apartment Building Coming in its Place

I-95 is a gift and a curse for Philadelphia, providing expeditious vehicular access to points north and south of the city (when traffic cooperates), while at the same time cutting off large swaths of greater Center City from the Delaware River waterfront. Even though I-95 is a relatively new addition to the city, with the last section having been completed in the mid-1980s, it's already due for a significant renovation project, known as I-95 Revive. This project [...]
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Harbison Dairy Renovation Getting Moving, Homes Proposed Next Door

It's pretty much impossible for us to imagine what life was like a hundred fifty years ago, fond as we are of indoor plumbing and electricity, let alone our smartphone. But alas, back in 1865, people didn't have toilets or light bulbs or supercomputers in their pockets, and things were just a pinch less sanitary, safe, and convenient. It was in this world that Robert Harbison started a dairy business in Kensington, bringing milk into town daily [...]
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Apartment Building Will Replace Funeral Home on North Broad

Over the course of several decades and three generations of family ownership, Baker Funeral Home served as a crucial resource for people suffering from loss in its North Philadelphia neighborhood. Behind the scenes though, the business was coping with unpaid federal tax bills to the tune of nearly seven figures, with litigation over obligations stretching back to the late 1990s. In the face of these challenges, it should come as no surprise that the business closed [...]
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Wanna Rent Space in a Mixed-Use Building Near the Piazza?

Just a few steps from the Piazza, Northern Liberties is picking up a new, albeit much smaller apartment building. 1018 Germantown Ave. was home to a pretty cool looking industrial building which was used as a printing business and a machine shop back in the day. We couldn't tell you what it was used for more recently, but we suspect it's been sitting empty in recent years, given its ragged appearance. In the past You may have [...]
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Apartment Building Under Construction on Ridge With Great Views of Vacant Lot

There's a new apartment building under construction at 1111 Ridge Ave., a five-story edifice that will have 18 units and commercial space on the first floor. Construction is moving along pretty well, with the exterior fully framed and the windows already installed. We couldn't tell you what business to expect on the first floor, but given the restaurants and the excellent concert venue around the corner on Spring Garden Street and the numerous ongoing projects in [...]
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Huge Development in Store For City Block at Broad & South

A little more than two years ago, we told you that Health Center No. 1 would be moving out of its digs at 500 S. Broad St. after roughly six decades, and that the City planned to sell off the 40K sqft parcel to the highest bidder. This was huge news, as parcels of this size and at such a prime location don't exactly fall out of the sky. And when large, desirable parcels trade, this typically [...]
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PHA Building Sells Near 16th & Fairmount

The Philadelphia Housing Authority is perhaps best known for its sizable developments that cover several consecutive city blocks (often with unfortunate suburban-style architecture), but PHA also owns a ton of scattered site properties which are supposed to blend in with their surroundings. Not surprisingly, these units are much more difficult to manage than the concentrated PHA properties, and they tend to experience more wear and tear and have traditionally been much more likely to sit vacant and [...]
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Shopping Center Coming Soon on Ridge, Next to PHA HQ

If you've traveled up Ridge Avenue through Sharswood any time recently, you might have noticed that the Philadelphia Housing Authority has completed their new headquarters, covering the bulk of the triangular block surrounded by Ridge Avenue, 20th Street, and Jefferson Street. While this building isn't exactly an example of peak urbanism, it's still a step up for this property, which was sitting vacant for a very long time. Speaking of vacant land, there's still no shortage in [...]
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