Post Brothers Takes Over Apple Lofts Project

When Iron Stone Real Estate Partners introduced a plan in 2011 to redevelop the Apple Storage building at 780 S. 52nd St. into a significant residential development, we felt like the project was a bit ahead of its time. And wouldn't you know it, even through the project got zoning approval in early 2012, the project stalled out before the end of the year because of financing difficulties. It seems that banks weren't lining up around [...]
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Eastern Tower Under Construction at 10th & Vine, Finally

If you've been near 10th & Vine of late, you've surely noticed the major project under construction on the northwest corner. We first covered this project, the Eastern Tower Community Center, waaaaaay back in the summer of 2011, but it wasn't until the end of last year that the project finally broke ground. This property was a surface parking lot for many years, but at present it's the site of a new building that's risen [...]
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Catfish Cafe Redux on the Edge of East Falls?

As we were scanning the ZBA calendar for this week, a project at 4001-07 Ridge Ave. caught our eye. The property, which sits between East Falls and Allegheny West, is pretty large, with over 11K sqft of space, and the vast majority of the property has been sitting as vacant land for well over a decade. The northernmost section of the property, 4007 Ridge Ave. is also vacant land, but that hasn't been the case for [...]
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What Will Replace a Little Point Breeze Church?

A reader reached out to us earlier this week, and gave us the heads up about some ongoing demolition at the corner of 21st & Reed. This is a bit of an odd intersection, as it's not only the point at which 21st and Reed cross, but Point Breeze Avenue passes by to the north and creates one of those triangular intersections we see from time to time when diagonal streets disrupt the grid. In other [...]
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We Spied a Zoning Notice on a Handsome Building Near 29th & Girard

We were in Brewerytown earlier today, and a zoning notice at 1222 N. 29th St. caught our eye in passing. In spying the zoning notice, we had an excuse to stare at this wonderful edifice for a moment, admiring its gabled roof, intact cornice, and the brickwork on the facade. Curious as to whether anyone had written about this property in the past, we gave the address a quick Google and discovered that someone had indeed [...]
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Vastly Superior Plan Emerges For Mantua Supermarket

Several months ago, we directed your attention to the 3600 block of Haverford Avenue, where we spied some heavy machinery moving dirt around. At the time, we took the opportunity to remind you about the recent history of the block. For those not in the know that don't feel like clicking through, there was a plan back in 2013 to build a supermarket in Mantua which would have spanned four city blocks between 36th and 38th Streets, Haverford Avenue [...]
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Vegan Starbucks Planned Near Broad & Reed

Philadelphia is pretty much drowning in caffeine. Starbucks locations dot Center City, with Dunkin Donuts possessing an impressive footprint as well. Don't forget the national chains with smaller footprints, like Au Bon Pan and Saxby's. Then there are some local chains, like La Colombe, Rival Brothers, and OCF Coffee House (shameless plug!). Filling in the gaps are the little neighborhood shops, which generally serve a hyper local clientele and often serve as place makers in their [...]
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24 Units Planned For an Unusual Block of N. 8th Street

If you're anything like us, you've never been to the 900 block of N. 8th Street. And why would you ever find yourself on this block, which runs between Poplar and Girard Avenue, a few blocks west of the bulk of Northern Liberties development, and a few blocks east of West Poplar development? Be that as it may, this block has some pretty unique features, including a baseball field, a gym, a dance studio, a [...]
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NW Corner of 20th & Kimball Should Soon Get Redeveloped

Roughly five years ago, we directed your attention to a pair of blighted buildings on the northwest corner of 20th & Kimball. We noted at the time that the buildings were owned by the Philadelphia Housing Authority, and we also pointed out that the corner building had a violation for being in danger of collapse. We begged PHA to either repair the buildings so that they could be inhabited, or tear them down in the interest [...]
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Changes Coming For Small Green Space at 29th & Wharton

A reader reached out to us last week, having noticed some zoning notices at the southwest corner of 29th & Wharton. For those of you that have never visited this corner, the property at 2900 Wharton St. has served as a little neighborhood green space for at least a decade, along with the adjacent properties stretching to Hollywood Street. As little neighborhood green spaces with no funding go, this is one of the better ones we've [...]
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