Radnor Property Group Not Throwing Away Their Shot With CCP Project

440 N. 15th St. has a ton of potential, considering its large size, its permissive zoning, and its location just off North Broad Street. But it hasn't come close to living up to that potential for a really long time, as it's been used as a parking garage for the Inquirer building for many years. In 2011, before the Inquirer even made the move to Market Street, Community College of Philadelphia purchased the property with an eye toward expansion. It took [...]
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New Apartment Building Stands Out on Parrish Street

We were traveling up 16th Street through Francisville yesterday, and some new construction caught our eye on the 1500 block of Parrish Street. A new building is still getting framed out at 1533 Parrish St., and it's clearly visible from Ridge Avenue. View from 16th & Ridge Upon further consideration, we've covered this property in the past. A couple times, actually. Way back in the summer of 2011, the Philadelphia Boys Choir and Chorale was planning to relocate to [...]
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Sansom Street Lot Goes From Geriatric Center to Mansions

For roughly 60 years, the Sidney Hillman Medical Center stood as a Modernist landmark on the 2100 blocks of Chestnut and Sansom. You're probably aware though, that Sidney Hillman was demolished a few years back, replaced by the 2116 Chestnut apartment building. We were happy with the swap of the Modernist building for a contemporary building, but some preservationists preferred the old building. The rear of the property, which was previously the Charles Weinstein Geriatric [...]
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Development Galore at 20th & Mountain

Ralph Brooks Park, at the southeast corner of 20th & Tasker, underwent a massive renovation a couple years back, thanks to the efforts of Urban Roots and former Eagle Connor Barwin. In the time following that renovation, we saw increased development activity in the vicinity of the park, with tons of new construction on the 1900 and 2000 blocks of Fernon Street. Many of those homes have now sold, with prices in the mid-$350K range. Ralph [...]
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Tioga Trust Company Building Getting Renovated Soon?

Just last week, we were in the Tioga neighborhood, in the vicinity of Temple Hospital, and we noticed an interesting blighted building that ended up being a vacant old movie theater. Less than a block to the south is another distressed building that bears mentioning, a structure at 1700 W. Tioga St. originally built for the Tioga Trust Company. Today though, it's sitting empty and looks much worse for the wear. From a distance Better view [...]
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A Decade of Park(ing) Days For Philadelphia

Did you know that today is Park(ing) Day? Have you ever heard of Park(ing) Day? If not, don't be fooled by the name. Park(ing) Day is not a national holiday dedicated to making out as it was described in the 1950s, nor is it a special day dedicated to NIMBYs who only care about parking (that's Tuesdays in Fishtown, btw). No, Park(ing) Day is an opportunity for us to rethink parking spaces around town, as [...]
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Will the Hahnemann Sale Have Real Estate Implications?

Disclaimer: The following story is pure speculation and we're writing it without any inside information whatsoever. That being said, if any of this comes true, you heard it here first. You might have seen the reports, a couple weeks back, that Paladin Healthcare has a deal in place to purchase Saint Christopher's Children's Hospital in North Philly and Hahnemann University Hospital on North Broad Street for $170M. Tenet has owned these hospitals for the last 20 [...]
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The Pineville is Coming Soon, It Just Needs a Wall First

If you were a longtime regular, everybody knew your name at Yesterday's Tavern at the corner of Huntingdon & Gaul in Olde Richmond. Yesterday's was a no frills neighborhood corner spot and one of a slowly dying breed of smoking bars in town, but for many in the area, it was a home base drinking establishment. But the bar business is tough and nothing lasts forever, and Yesterday's closed its doors a couple years ago. A [...]
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Seven Unit Building On Tap For Brewerytown Block

The 1500 block of N. Stillman St. is way up into Brewerytown, three blocks from Girard Avenue and closer to the PHA Sharswood construction than it is to most of the market rate development in the area. Despite this block being a little off the beaten path, Design Pro Development is just getting started on a 7-unit building here. As is often the case in this part of town, h/t to @genbrewerytown for tipping us [...]
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We Finally Made Our Way to Riverwards Produce

We don't know whether it's true, but it sure feels like people are eating healthier these days. Farmer's markets have proliferated all over the city and it seems that every coffee shop in town offers a CSA pickup. Whole Foods opened a huge new location at the end of last year, and we're getting a Sprouts in the very near future. $10 smoothies are a thing, and the places that sell them aren't going out of business. [...]
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