We Blinked and the Apple Storage Building is Now the Irvine

It was back in the winter of 2012 that we first brought the former Apple Storage building at 780 S. 52nd St. to your attention, as developers pursued a plan to convert the former industrial building into 112 apartments. The plan sparked controversy in this changing section of West Philadelphia, as several neighborhood groups came out in support but some residents pushed back due to concerns about density and gentrification. Ultimately though, the project fell [...]
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Condo Building Has Permits at 20th & Waverly, But Neighbors are Resisting

There's drama brewing in Rittenhouse, thanks to a developer's plans at the southwest corner of 20th & Waverly. Kim's Cleaners has been operating at this corner, out of 414 S. 20th St., for as long as we can remember, in a squat building that we believe to be a repurposed garage. Maybe the business owners are looking to retire or maybe they're just looking to take advantage of their valuable real estate asset, as they listed their [...]
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Blighted Building Disappears at 18th & Fitzwater

The Graduate Hospital neighborhood has experienced a near complete transformation over the last twenty years, with thousands of new construction and renovation projects taking place during that time. It's hard to conceive today, but there were hundreds of vacant lots and blighted buildings in this neighborhood at one point, and now blight and vacancy are very much the exception rather than the rule. It's reached the point where blighted or vacant properties stick out like a sore thumb, [...]
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Contemporary Architecture on Parade on S. 6th Street

We commonly hear the refrain that "they don't build 'em like they used to," and the people saying this certainly are not wrong. A few hundred years ago, they built 'em all out of wood and cities kept burning to the ground. A hundred years ago, they built 'em out of bricks and that has proven to be a successful construction method, resulting in homes that are able to survive for a very long time, even [...]
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You Can Rent a “Temple Loft” Apartment on Allegheny Avenue

As this is a blog that covers real estate development, we don't often find ourselves visiting the Nicetown-Tioga neighborhood, due to the general lack of construction in the area. Like many neighborhoods in North Philadelphia, this section of the city fell on very hard times starting in the 1950s, and today there's vacancy and blight on virtually every block. Still, with Temple Hospital on the neighborhood's eastern edge, one would think that people whose main goal is to [...]
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Four Apartment Buildings Would Improve Lehigh Avenue, But Neighbors Want More

The 3/4 mile stretch of Lehigh Avenue between Aramingo and Kensington isn't Rittenhouse Square, or even Washington Avenue. On one side of the street is a mix of residences, businesses, and the occasional large format commercial or industrial building. On the other side of Lehigh's five lanes are a smattering of auto-related businesses and mostly large walls that separate the streetscape from the Conrail lines that run between Lehigh and Somerset Street. Oh, and a huge [...]
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Flag Lot on Mifflin Street Could Support Apartment Building If Someone Buys It

1324 Mifflin St., has some unique history and a highly unusual shape, but you wouldn't know it by simply walking past the property. There’s a three story building on Mifflin Street, but most of the first floor of the building functions as a driveway that leads to a large warehouse that fills all the space behind the homes fronting Mifflin Street, Juniper Street, and Passyunk Avenue. This 5,000 sqft space was used as a stable way back when, and [...]
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Apartment Building Finally Happening at 9th & Wharton?

Philadelphia is an amazing historic city with a host of worthy tourist destinations. Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell are perhaps the most obvious, with our numerous museums offering more culture than you can shake a stick at. Like looking at cool stuff? Check out the Magic Gardens or go on a Mural Arts tour. Hungry for anything? Reading Terminal Market has you covered. And the list goes on. One of the more unusual tourist [...]
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Triplexes and an Apartment Building Under Construction on Front Street, North of York

Remember last week, when we told you about the upcoming renovation of a former carpet mill on the 100 block of W. Huntingdon St. into apartments? That story provided another example (in a rapidly growing list of examples) of the way that increased development activity in South Kensington and East Kensington is pushing projects into areas that were heretofore considered suboptimal for market rate real estate development. Seeing our story, a reader directed our attention [...]
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Demolition at 6th & Brown, Apartment Building Should Appear Soon

A project has been brewing at the southeast corner of 6th & Brown for years, and now it appears something is finally going to happen. In case you aren't familiar with this property, it's a one-story building that looks like it was originally built for industrial purposes, but it's been used for a variety of businesses over the years, including a cabinet maker, a convenience store, a gym, and office space. In early 2016, we shared [...]
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