Hope Street Has a Row of New Two Story Homes

In order to produce our non-stop stream of content, we're constantly romping all over town, snapping photos of various projects and development sites. As such, we have numerous lunch spots that we favor in various neighborhoods, and sometimes we try to arrange our photography sessions around whatever cuisine we're thinking about on a given day. This time of year, pretty much every day is a good day for soup. That means that it's never a bad [...]
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Geotech Work A Sign of Things to Come at Front & Fairmount?

There's a building on the east side of the 600 block of N. Front St. that's sitting, looking rather lonely, in the middle of a sea of surface parking. We've called your attention to this structure a couple times over the years, first noting that it was listed for sale back in early 2014 and commenting that it would probably make for a unique and fun restaurant space. We aren't sure, but we believe the [...]
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Cantrell Place Starts Shaping Up in South Philly

We don't typically have much development to cover south of Snyder Avenue, but today we can share some news of a project of some significance for the Whitman neighborhood. Every few months, usually appended to a trip to Target, we've visited the 400 and 500 blocks of Cantrell Street, hoping to see some changes to the sea of vacant lots on those blocks. When we made our most recent visit a few days ago, we [...]
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VFW Post on Frankford Ave. Shifting Gears, Going Condo

2529 Frankford Ave. was home to the VFW Post 22 since at least the 1950s, offering a gathering place for veterans in Fishtown. We don't really understand how these sorts of establishments work, but we do know that the VFW sold their building the developers back in 2015, seemingly ceasing operations. In 2016, those developers went to the ZBA to change the lot lines for the property, with a plan to convert the existing buildings [...]
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Five New Homes on Amber An Improvement Over Auto Garage

We couldn't tell you whether the auto garage at 2319 Amber St. was wonderful, terrible, or somewhere in the middle. We do know though, that this business made perfect sense at this location for a long time. The surrounding blocks were a sea of older homes and vacant lots, with nearby Frankford Avenue drawing relatively few customers from within the neighborhood and almost nobody from other parts of the city. Within the last ten years though, [...]
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At Long Last, Demolition at 18th & Washington

Halloween might have come and gone over a month ago, but we're going to scare you this morning with a spooooky zombie project. Yes folks, it seems that the project at the northeast corner of 18th & Washington, which we first covered over six years ago, is back from the dead. And it's hungry for brains!!! Dumpster had just pulled away Building still looks intact We passed by 1731 Washington Ave. yesterday and noticed a [...]
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63 Units Planned at 19th & Callowhill and We Are Confused

A couple years back, Pearl Properties built the Granary Apartments on the northwest corner of 19th & Callowhill, adding over 200 units and a collection of new retailers to the area. That building sold a couple years ago for a hundred twenty million bucks. Nice project, if we do say so. As far as amenities, there's a brand new Target a block away, a relocated Whole Foods a little farther away, and uh, a bunch of [...]
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Duplexes Coming Soon Behind Warehouse Turned Church

We were perusing the ZBA calendar the other day and discovered that 4108 Haverford Ave. is tabbed for redevelopment. This property looks like it was originally built for industrial purposes and probably got some use as a warehouse at some point early in its life. Most recently though, the building has been used as a religious space, as home to the Mount Zion United Holy Church. This building might not hold a candle to numerous historic churches around [...]
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Still No Clarity at 5th & Bainbridge

We nearly started a riot a few months ago when we passed along the rumor that the buildings on the north side of the 400 block of Bainbridge would be torn down and replaced with Trader Joe's. Alas, the owner of the property reached out shortly afterward and shared the disappointing news that there was no deal with Trader Joe's. Bummer. Still, we were confident that something was happening here, because several businesses were moving [...]
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Junky Building On the Outs at 40th & Market

Penn's campus technically ends at 40th & Walnut, but off-campus student housing for the university extends far to the north, going all the way up to Haverford Avenue (and beyond). Despite the countless projects we've covered around here over the years, we believe that the area is still ripe for redevelopment. Properties on Market Street in particular should turn over in the future, both because they're generally underdeveloped and because they're located in a favorable zoning district. That [...]
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