Unexpectedly, Condos Will Rise at 6th & Montgomery

We were passing through South Kensington the other day and stopped dead in our tracks at the corner of 6th & Montgomery when we spotted a relatively large project in the very earliest construction phases on the southeast corner. This property had been sitting mostly vacant for a very long time, with the exception of a little one-story structure on its eastern end. The little building is now gone. If you visit the property today, [...]
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More New Homes Planned For a Busy Block of E. Susquehanna

If you find yourself on the 2000 block of E. Susquehanna at some point in the near future, a zoning notice at 2050 E. Susquehanna Ave. might just catch your eye. This vacant lot sits immediately next door to a relatively new home and has a couple more empty lots in the other direction. Seems like a no brainer for redevelopment, given all the construction we've seen in this area over the last few years, no? [...]
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A Couple of Homes Filling a Long Vacant Point Breeze Corner

The 20th & Dickinson intersection has experienced some major changes over the last several years, and that trend is set to continue. You may recall, there was a large vacant lot on the southwest corner, but Innova built three affordable homes there in 2011-12. On the southeast corner, a simple addition/renovation project somehow dragged on for years but now appears to be finished. We told you about a year ago, that the mixed-use building on the [...]
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Update: A New “Joule” in South Kensington

North American Street is a bit of a challenging corridor, clinging to its industrial character while surrounded on both sides by residential development pressure. The improvements to the surrounding neighborhood have driven up land values on N. American St., but the zoning remains industrial, creating redevelopment difficulties for anyone that wants to do a project that isn't by-right. Techadelphia, the mixed-use project under construction on the 1500 block, likely got approval because of the sizable [...]
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Post Brothers Takes Over Apple Lofts Project

When Iron Stone Real Estate Partners introduced a plan in 2011 to redevelop the Apple Storage building at 780 S. 52nd St. into a significant residential development, we felt like the project was a bit ahead of its time. And wouldn't you know it, even through the project got zoning approval in early 2012, the project stalled out before the end of the year because of financing difficulties. It seems that banks weren't lining up around [...]
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Eastern Tower Under Construction at 10th & Vine, Finally

If you've been near 10th & Vine of late, you've surely noticed the major project under construction on the northwest corner. We first covered this project, the Eastern Tower Community Center, waaaaaay back in the summer of 2011, but it wasn't until the end of last year that the project finally broke ground. This property was a surface parking lot for many years, but at present it's the site of a new building that's risen [...]
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Catfish Cafe Redux on the Edge of East Falls?

As we were scanning the ZBA calendar for this week, a project at 4001-07 Ridge Ave. caught our eye. The property, which sits between East Falls and Allegheny West, is pretty large, with over 11K sqft of space, and the vast majority of the property has been sitting as vacant land for well over a decade. The northernmost section of the property, 4007 Ridge Ave. is also vacant land, but that hasn't been the case for [...]
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What Will Replace a Little Point Breeze Church?

A reader reached out to us earlier this week, and gave us the heads up about some ongoing demolition at the corner of 21st & Reed. This is a bit of an odd intersection, as it's not only the point at which 21st and Reed cross, but Point Breeze Avenue passes by to the north and creates one of those triangular intersections we see from time to time when diagonal streets disrupt the grid. In other [...]
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We Spied a Zoning Notice on a Handsome Building Near 29th & Girard

We were in Brewerytown earlier today, and a zoning notice at 1222 N. 29th St. caught our eye in passing. In spying the zoning notice, we had an excuse to stare at this wonderful edifice for a moment, admiring its gabled roof, intact cornice, and the brickwork on the facade. Curious as to whether anyone had written about this property in the past, we gave the address a quick Google and discovered that someone had indeed [...]
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Vastly Superior Plan Emerges For Mantua Supermarket

Several months ago, we directed your attention to the 3600 block of Haverford Avenue, where we spied some heavy machinery moving dirt around. At the time, we took the opportunity to remind you about the recent history of the block. For those not in the know that don't feel like clicking through, there was a plan back in 2013 to build a supermarket in Mantua which would have spanned four city blocks between 36th and 38th Streets, Haverford Avenue [...]
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