The Howard Will Add More Density to South Kensington

If you've been following the trajectory of South Kensington over the last several years, the replacement of an old industrial building with a mixed-use project is perhaps a bit old hat. Nevertheless, it's our job to tell you about new projects as they come along, and here we are with another example of the continuing trend in this neighborhood. So please stop your yawning and take a look if you don't mind at 1805 N. Howard [...]
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Engine 29 Firehouse Renovation Seeking Historic Approval

We told you about 1221 N. 4th St. back in the summer of 2018, noting that the attractive edifice was originally constructed in the 1890s and was used as the Engine House 29 until the opening of the less than picturesque fire station on Girard Avenue in 1979. It's actually a little shocking, given the state of Kensington in the late 1980s and the lack of a predilection for historic preservation at the time, that the [...]
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Checking in on Riverwalk in the Snow

If you've walked through the western section of the Logan Square neighborhood or if you've driven on I-76 through Center City of late, you've surely noticed the Riverwalk project progressing at 23rd & Cherry. This development is being constructed by PMC Property Group and includes a pair of apartment buildings on a site that served as a surface parking lot for decades. While a surface lot is pretty much never the highest and best use for a property, the [...]
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Cumberland Nine Will Replace Demoed Warehouse Near Greensgrow

A few months ago, we brought 2508 E. Cumberland St. to your attention, noting its recent demolition. We shared some of the history of the property at the time, noting that it had been built in the late 1930s as a machine shop, and that it was later used for industrial storage, auto painting, and contractor offices. We also pointed out the way that the neighborhood changed during the lifetime of the building, transitioning from a center of [...]
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McDonald’s is Closed at Broad & Carpenter – What Does This Mean?

The northwest corner of Broad & Carpenter has been home to a McDonald's since the early 1970s, as far as we can tell. Needless to say, much has changed about the general area and Philadelphia as a whole in the last five decades. And yet, this McDonald's location has kept on keeping on until just this week. Kind of an amazing run, if you ask us. McDonald's With McDonald's closing its doors, people are asking the [...]
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New Construction and a Long Awaited Renovation on the 1100 Block of Christian

The 1100 block of Christian Street is a mostly residential block, featuring a mix of townhomes, duplexes, triplexes, and one of the best auto shops in town at the corner of 11th Street. The block is complete and well established, and most of the homes are original, with only a few newer buildings or altered facades. Nevertheless, there's still a little bit of construction action that we can share here, covering two projects at either [...]
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Consolidation Could be the Key at 16th & Washington

It's been a lengthy saga over the last decade for the 70K+ sqft site that includes most of the city block encompassed by Washington Avenue, Carpenter Street, 16th Street, and Chadwick Street. And today we can share some news that adds another chapter to a tome that will hopefully end with the redevelopment of the property. Way back in the spring of 2013 <gulp>, we told you about a plan for a new mixed-use building at the [...]
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Another Home Planned For Lincoln Drive But it Will Need Historic Approval

Last spring we reported on three houses under construction on the 6600 block of Lincoln Drive, all on the grounds of the Nichols-Goering House. Said mansion is a relatively recent addition to the local historic register, “a representation of Colonial Revival architectural style.” This is a good time to mention that the property's historic designation means that the Historical Commission has jurisdiction over the entire site, not just the building. The historic Nichols-Goering House Back in May [...]
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Horn, High, Yo! Philadelphia’s Second Casino is Open in South Philly

Not too long ago, we retold some of Philadelphia's casino history as we explored the latest proposal for 1401 S. Columbus Blvd., also known as the original site of the unrealized Philadelphia Foxwoods Casino. Please allow us to provide another lesson today. As we said previously, Foxwoods officially fell through in 2010, though the lawsuits continued for years after that. For awhile, it was an open question as to whether the Foxwoods casino license would remain in [...]
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13th & Bainbridge Redevelopment Finally On Tap

If you're relatively new to Philadelphia, and by that we mean if you've been here for less than 20 years, you might not have an appreciation for the history of the Hawthorne neighborhood. So please allow us to fill in some blanks for you. From the 1960s through the late 1990s, Hawthorne was dominated by four residential towers, collectively known as MLK Plaza and operated by the Philadelphia Housing Authority. These towers were built to a [...]
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