An Expected Change of Plans at 1525 N. American Street

It was about a year and a half ago that we last eyed 1525 N. American St., a property with industrial history and a mostly residential present and future. Given its American Street address, it should come as no surprise that the property was previously home to a variety of businesses that made stuff, including a knitting mill, a company that seemingly made metal beds, and a candy manufacturer. Over the last couple decades though, the [...]
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Look Out For Phase Two of Otto (Von) Brewerytown

We last checked in on the northeast corner of 31st & Jefferson a little less than two years ago, as construction was just getting underway for a project called Otto Brewerytown. You can probably guess if you don't remember that 1501 N. 31st St. was previously an industrial building, and you can certainly be forgiven if you never knew it was most recently used by a company specializing in the sale of suspension parts for cars [...]
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Apartment Building Out of the Ground at 24th & Wharton

It was just a few short years ago that the southwest corner of 24th & Wharton looked terrible. The collection of buildings there had some terrific history, having been home to a doctor’s office, a rooming house/apartment building, a beer distributor, a restaurant called Reno’s Café, a community center, and an education non-profit over the years. But time had been cruel to these buildings and we can't imagine anybody was sad when a developer bought them [...]
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Phase Two of the Overlook is Coming Soon to Ridge Avenue

If you want to live in Philadelphia but downtown's not your thing, the northwestern neighborhoods have long been an interesting and often lower cost alternative. The nice thing about East Falls, Manayunk, Roxborough, etc., is that they're close to I-76 so you can easily drive to work in the burbs- but they also sit on regional rail lines, so it's really easy to get to Center City without worrying about parking. Throw in the commercial corridors [...]
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2100 Hamilton Emerges From City Branch Trench

Logan Square is one of the most attractive neighborhoods in greater Center City for a host of reasons. It's easily walkable to Center City. The Ben Franklin Parkway is no Champs-Élysées, but it's still one of the most scenic routes in town and an epicenter for citywide events. And if you like culture, there are a bunch of museums to scratch that itch (once museums are a thing again). For these reasons and more, this neighborhood is [...]
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Just Dropped: Fresh Renderings of 2222 Market Street

Try to think back just a few months, to the beginning of this year, when we shared the fabulous news that 2222 Market St. would soon get redeveloped from a surface parking lot into a 19-story office building. That was five months ago, but in 2020 time that feels like it was roughly 75 years ago. Since it feels like it's been so long, please allow us to provide a refresher: Parkway has operated a parking lot [...]
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Newly Populated Section of Brewerytown Picking Up More Neighbors

Just about every block in Brewerytown provides an example of the changes that the neighborhood has undergone over the last several years, with projects large and small dotting the landscape. If you're looking for the densest concentration of new units, however, you need look no further than the northwest corner of the neighborhood, where multiple apartment buildings have appeared. The largest project, perhaps in the whole neighborhood, is the Hub project, which includes roughly 200 units over [...]
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Apartment Project Growing Taller at Freeman’s Auction Site

It was one year and three days ago that we shared the news that Freeman’s Auction House would be moving out of its home at 1810 Chestnut St. after nearly a century, in favor of a new space at 24th & Market. We told you that Astoban Investments would be redeveloping the property, maintaining the architectural integrity of the Freeman's building while constructing a 14-story addition to create 26 condo units. We were generally cheered by this plan, appreciating the [...]
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Five Unit Building Getting Framed on N. 2nd Street, Just Past Girard

As we've detailed many times before, overflow from Fishtown and Northern Liberties have almost completely transformed South Kensington over the last dozen years or so, reversing decades of disinvestment. South Kensington has an unusual number of huge properties thanks of its industrial past, many of which were either criminally underused or sitting vacant- and that has resulted in several rather large projects in the neighborhood. Still under construction, Dwell 2nd Street is one example of such a [...]
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Oh My Love is Like a Red Red Rock Gym That’s Newly Sprung in 2021

Almost exactly four years ago, we brought the Saint James Pentecostal Church at 4101 Ludlow St. to your attention, speculating that it was perhaps the reddest church ever. We described the history of the edifice, noting that it was originally built in 1846 as the home to the Monumental Baptist Church, which was one of the first African American churches in Philadelphia and the first African American congregation with a church bell, starting in 1853. The building was changed considerably in the 1870s- [...]
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