Two Story Warehouse Could Flip on Springfield Avenue

Within the last six months, we've covered three projects that indicate growing developer interest in student housing projects further south and further west than we've traditionally seen in Southwest Philadelphia. The first example was at 1047 S. 51st St., where developers proposed a 12-unit building on a vacant lot just south of the Media-Elwyn tracks. That project was ultimately denied at the ZBA a couple months ago, so who knows what will ultimately happen with that [...]
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Two Big Apartment Projects Pushing Forward on Germantown Ave.

The 1400 block of Germantown Ave. has changed dramatically over the last several years, a microcosm of the evolution of South Kensington as a whole. Most of the projects we've seen on this block have been on the small side though, with some single family homes, and some duplexes and triplexes mixed in for good measure. But the two projects currently under construction on the block are horses of a different color. Corner of Germantown & [...]
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Nice Progress For Penn Treaty Metals Project

With every year that passes, Frankford Avenue continues its evolution from a commercial corridor with a heavy dose of industrial use to a commercial corridor dominated by mixed-use and retail. For a case in point, consider the 1300 block of Frankford, where Toile, Jinxed, the Parlour, office space, and the flagship La Colombe are all located in converted warehouses and garages. Ditto City Fitness on the 1400 block, which converted a plastic bag manufacturing company's old [...]
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Titan Park Under Construction At Last

Living close to downtown Philadelphia presents a variety of tradeoffs. Sure, you can easily walk into Center City for the purposes of work or play. Then again, demand is higher for housing in the neighborhoods closest to downtown, which usually means higher costs and less space. And since land is at such a premium, homes in neighborhoods in and around Center City tend to have less outdoor space. This is where parks come in, giving folks a chance [...]
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Gotta Love These Homes Across From Schuylkill River Park

Fitler Square doesn't see a whole lot of construction, given its relatively stable ownership base and the fact that so many of the homes in the neighborhood are already in pretty good shape. When homes do get fixed up in this neighborhood, the work generally takes place inside, with developers electing to leave the facades alone. This is due in part to the fact that many facades in this area are fairly attractive to start [...]
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Shopping Center in the Works Next to State Office Building

The blandly named Pennsylvania State Office Building appeared on the southwest corner of Broad & Spring Garden in the late 1950s, and still stands as a classic example of Modernist architecture. Back in 2013, Tower Properties undertook a $70M project to renovate the building into 200+ apartments, naming the finished product Tower Place. As the time, we told you that this renovation effort was only the first phase of construction for this property, and that [...]
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Looks Like the W.G. Schweiker Building is Coming Down

It was nearly seven years ago that we first brought the W.G. Schweiker building at 2621 W. Jefferson St. to your attention, noting at the time that it was listed for sale for $80K (too high a price, at the time!). The building caught our eye because it had spectacular bones and a particularly memorable cornice. This makes sense, as the business that once occupied the building was a roofing and construction business that specialized [...]
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Major Makeover For Lanier Playground in Grays Ferry

Lanier Park is a massive patch of green space in the Grays Ferry neighborhood at 2900 Tasker St., taking up an entire city block on the edge of the Greater Grays Ferry Estates PHA development. The park is a wonderful resource for the neighborhood in theory, but like many public green spaces in Philadelphia, it's worn down and has been functioning well below its potential. Also like many public green spaces in Philadelphia, it's currently leveraging available [...]
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Parking Garage Has Disappeared Across From Lombard Swim Club

With the weather warming up and Memorial Day quickly approaching, summery thoughts are starting to creep into our consciousness. That's probably got something to do with how we found ourselves wandering down the 2000 block of Lombard Street the other day. The Lombard Swim Club makes its home on the south side of this block, and even though we're not members, we still appreciate second hand swimming pool enjoyment. This block has changed quite a [...]
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Quietly, A Pair of Corners Are Available on Grays Ferry Avenue

If you can believe it, Grays Ferry Avenue was once a pretty junky corridor in the Graduate Hospital neighborhood. The streetscape was dominated by vacancy, with the former Naval Asylum property prominently and aggressively blighting the blocks between Bainbridge and Christian. Eventually, Toll Bros. started working on transforming that property into the thousand units that now make up Naval Square, while smaller developers started renovating existing buildings and building new ones along the rest of [...]
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