Berks El Station is Getting a New Neighbor

The cleverly named Avant Gardens landscaping company made its home at 102 W. Berks St. for some time, from 2004 until sometime in the last few years. In 2011, the owner of the business started thinking about greener pastures (see what we did there?) and put the property up for sale for $450K, eventually reducing the price to $300K, but finding no buyers. To provide you with some context, the property includes a parking lot on Berks [...]
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A Project Evolves as Former School Goes Residential in South Philly

Philadelphia is home to so many churches. And while these houses of worship still play a huge role in numerous communities, many congregations have moved out of the city or disappeared entirely, for a host of reasons. The Archdiocese hasn't been immune to these changes, as dozens of Catholic parishes and schools in the region have shuttered or merged over the last several decades. Back in 2014, the Holy Spirit Parish merged with the St. Richard Parish, though the [...]
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Will Ten Units Get Approved at 39th & Powelton?

Historically, there were a couple of homes at 3933 and 3935 Powelton Ave., and as was the case with many large homes in the area, they eventually got carved up into small apartment buildings. But time was not kind to these buildings, and both were torn down in the late 1990s or early 2000s, along with the two homes immediately to the west. A new home and a new duplex arrived around 2006 at 3937 and 3939, respectively, with the architecture [...]
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Huntingdon Mills Project Transforms Former Carpet Mill With Civic-Minded Approach

The two industrial buildings at 2139 E. Huntingdon St. were originally home to the Franklin Carpet Mill and were built during a time that the surrounding neighborhood produced goods in countless factories in every direction. The property is on the National Historic Register, and its nomination shows that the three story building at the corner was constructed in 1879 and was then joined by its taller neighbor in 1909. The carpet mill only used the second building for [...]
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A Few Years Later, Something is Happening at Broad & Alter

The northeast corner of Broad & Alter has been sitting, underused for as long as we can remember. Over the last five years or so, the property has sat vacant and overgrown, surrounded by a construction fence. On the positive side of the ledger though, the property did feature a sweet 76ers-themed mural which we don't imagine was commissioned by Mural Arts. Phila Unite Until five years ago, some of this property was used as [...]
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Devil’s Pocket Surface Lot is Half Gone and the Rest Will Soon Disappear Too

Sometimes when readers email us, wondering about a particular project or property, we need to do all kinds of research to figure out what's going on. We've become experts in poring over old zoning plans and/or property records to help satisfy the curiosity of someone motivated enough to reach out to us. Every now and again though, we hear from someone that wants more information on a property that we already know about, cutting out all [...]
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How ‘Bout Six New Homes at 29th & Reed?

Slowly but surely, development momentum seems to be picking up in Grays Ferry, with action spreading west from 25th Street and south from Grays Ferry Avenue. Remember, we told you over the summer about a bunch of new homes under construction on the 3000 block of Titan Street, just behind the site of the former Bottom Dollar grocery store which closed down several years ago. And we've covered numerous small and medium sized projects on the [...]
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Seven Story Building Edging Closer at 40th & Market?

Ah, the southwest corner of 40th & Market. For years, there was a janky looking two-story stucco building at this corner, but in 2017 we learned that developers had purchased the building and intended to replace it with a 27-unit apartment building. That sounded great, and given the incredibly close proximity to Penn's campus we figured the units would offer some of the more sought after student housing in the area. The building was eventually demoed, but the [...]
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Solar Powered Apartment Building Arrives Next to the El

You may have heard, fossil fuel dependence is a bit of a problem for our humble planet. That mass of incandescent gas up in the sky provides an endless source of energy, but humankind has only taken baby steps in tapping into solar power. We've been slow to adopt solar for many reasons (according to some articles we just read), with cost being a significant hurdle. Fortunately, solar prices have gone down considerably as the years [...]
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Fresh Renderings For Upcoming South Quarter Crossing Renovation

Who among us loves a shopping center? Not many hands raised, eh? Figured. In a perfect world, we'd walk everywhere and buy everything we need on our closest commercial corridor from small, locally owned businesses. But it ain't the 1950s anymore, and we buy countless necessities at big box stores and national chains when we don't buy them online. Though some of those big box stores have a presence downtown, others are only willing to open [...]
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