Renovation and Demolition Near 41st & Brown

It's no exaggeration to say that the boundaries of student housing development have exploded outward in the last decade in West Philadelphia, pushing farther north, south, and west than we ever could have predicted. In terms of northern projects, we've seen development all over Haverford Avenue, with the occasional proposal pushing to Mount Vernon Street. If Mount Vernon seems like it's a little far away from Penn and Drexel, how about the corner of 41st & [...]
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Red Herring Demolition on Schuylkill Avenue

Schuylkill Avenue sees a ton of vehicular traffic every day, as it provides one of two access points to the eastern side of the South Street Bridge. Befitting its most common role as a way to get from here to there, the four blocks of Schuylkill Ave. are far from pretty. Highlights include the Veolia Plant, a Peco facility, Peco transformers, some surface parking lots, a couple old industrial buildings, and the back of Naval Square. Perhaps the [...]
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The 2000 Block of Wharton Street Has Gone Through Some Serious Changes

As Point Breeze has experienced a significant wave of redevelopment over the last number of years, countless blocks have experienced major changes, generally swapping vacant land or blighted buildings for new construction. Among all these blocks, we'd nominate the 2000 block of Wharton Street as the one that's experienced the most significant transformation in the neighborhood. You may recall, the block was once dominated by a pair of warehouses on its southern side. Both of those buildings were [...]
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We Found a Couple More Projects on 6th Street, South of Snyder

A couple months back, we drew your attention to a little two-home development on the 2200 block of S. 6th Street, across from Mifflin Square. We commented that we don't typically write about projects of this size, but justified the worthiness of the post due to the location, south of Snyder Avenue and on the Whitman/Lower Moyamensing border. The fact is, we don't see a ton of construction in this part of town, so even a small sized development [...]
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23 Logan is Shaping Up at 23rd & Cherry

Anyone that's spent time in the Logan Square neighborhood is surely familiar with the Cresswell Iron Works building, even if they didn't know anything about its history. Between 1885 and 1969, Cresswell operated out of a low rise building at 113 N. 23rd St., producing a variety of iron products, like columns, lintels, brackets, girders, stairways, castings for bridges, and manhole covers. Over the last fifty years or so, the building was chopped up into a few tenant spaces, [...]
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Fairmount Laundromat Building Disappears at Marshall & Fairmount

As Northern Liberties has continued to gentrify, new construction has pushed farther and farther west, into the East Poplar neighborhood. This new construction has certainly changed the character of this part of town, where we see privately owned lower income housing that's been there for decades sitting alongside newer residential buildings, with a sprinkling of Eastern European churches mixed in for good measure. One day we'll order some pierogis from the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral, we swear. The commercial strip [...]
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Check Out This Unusual Triplex on E. Susquehanna

The property at 2009 E. Susquehanna Ave. has gone through some significant changes over the last few years, but then again, you could say the same about countless other properties in this part of town. A building stood here until 2016, sitting vacant and blighted. It traded at sheriff's sale a few years back, selling for $125K, but the new owners either couldn't or wouldn't save the original building, and after demolition, the property has been sitting vacant. Recently [...]
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Demolition at 6th & Moore, Multi-Phase Project Coming Soon

At first thought, the 600 block of Moore Street may not seem like the most obvious development site in South Philly. It's a couple blocks away from Pennsport, and it's a seven block shlep from Passyunk Avenue. This block in particular is a challenge, with a beer distributor on the north side of the street and a cabinet manufacturer taking up the entire southern side of the block. Nevertheless, we saw a nine home project appear [...]
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What to Make of a Foundation at Front & Diamond?

Fishtown is a highly desirable neighborhood with one of the best commercial corridors in town. South Kensington has seen a dramatic spike in developer interest over the last several years, with projects large and small filling gaps throughout the neighborhood. Front Street is the border between these neighborhoods, and despite the fact that the El rumbles up and down the elevated tracks all day every day, this corridor has also seen a tremendous amount of [...]
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Seven Story Building Coming to 40th & Market?

Penn's campus ends at 40th Street on the western side and on Chestnut Street to the north, but student housing extends for many blocks in both directions. While Penn students have lived off campus forever, the last decade has seen a dramatic increase in the distance that students are willing to travel to get to campus while still living on the west side of the Schuylkill. The recently completed Irvine Apartments represents the largest and westernmost development of note, [...]
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