New Owners For Red Bell Brewery, Redevelopment Should Happen Soon

Brewerytown's most prolific developer is set to take on the neighborhood's largest white elephant. A little less than two years ago, we told you that a developer had purchased the old Red Bell Brewery at 1500 N. 31st St. and we believed that redevelopment was on the horizon. Then we waited around for awhile, until a community meeting at the end of last year, at which developer John Wei presented plans for a 147-unit apartment building with [...]
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What’s In Store For the Former Industry Bar?

For about half a decade, the Industry Bar held down the southeast corner of Moyamensing Avenue and Reed Street, occupying a double-wide, one story building in bustling Pennsport. The Industry was a great spot, not only providing tasty food and drink to folks in the neighborhood, but also serving as a tailor made place that specifically targeted people working in the restaurant business (hence the name). The owners also own Good Dog in Center City, and [...]
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New Schoolyard Officially Opens at Stanton School

The Graduate Hospital neighborhood has two traditional public schools, Chester A. Arthur at 20th & Catharine and E.M. Stanton at 17th & Christian. A few years back, the Arthur school got a new playground which eventually morphed into a full schoolyard renovation in the summer of 2016. Last year, we told you that Stanton was getting a new schoolyard of its own, with play spaces, educational spaces, and a bunch of stormwater management infrastructure. Needless to [...]
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Like the Cheese, House on Laurel Street Stands Alone

There are countless homes under construction around Philadelphia at any given time, and in an effort to avoid driving ourselves crazy, we try to limit our coverage of one-off projects. Simply put, there's usually not a whole lot to be said about a single family home getting built on a random lot in town, so we generally don't waste anyone's time reporting about those sorts of developments. Sometimes though, a small project crops up that demands coverage, [...]
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New Homes Sprouting Up on a Couple Blocks of Emily Street

Just last week, before the Eagles were SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONS, we visited the 600 and 700 blocks of Dudley Street and told you about all the new homes on those blocks. Just a bit to the south of Dudley Street is Emily Street, where we see a similar phenomenon playing out. First, let's peer eastward on the 700 block of Emily. Looking east on the 700 block Halfway down the block Check out this cool home [...]
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Discovering the Diamond Theatre on Germantown Avenue

We've been spending time in the southern section of Norris Square lately, picking up on a few different development projects either ongoing or in the works. And because we've found some coverage-worthy projects in this part of town, we've been cruising around the neighborhood, looking for more stuff to write about. Last week, we were on the 2100 block of Germantown Avenue and happened upon a property that's not actually getting developed at the moment, but [...]
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Comparing the State of Similar Buildings on Cecil B. Moore Avenue

Turn back the clock many decades, and Columbia Avenue (now Cecil B. Moore Avenue) was the major commercial corridor in North Philadelphia. A massive riot in 1964 decimated the corridor though, and the damage was so extensive that it still hasn't really recovered. Only in recent years have we seen consistent development activity on Cecil B. Moore Avenue, but that's almost exclusively tied to the expanding footprint of Temple University. Further west, there are still numerous vacant [...]
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We Asked and We Received Renderings For the Gotham Buildings Project

With excitement, we shared a story yesterday about a project planned for the 2000 block of N. 2nd St. that will involve some new construction and the residential conversion of a ten story industrial building. In general, we're always glad to hear about adaptive reuse projects, and this was no exception. You have to agree, this building, which has been occupied by a wicker manufacturer for a number of years, has fantastic bones, and it would be [...]
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We Visited the Newest Section of the Schuylkill River Trail

On chilly days like today, we find ourselves dreaming about hanging out on the Schuylkill River Trail on a sunny summer day. This signature public space has been growing steadily in and around Center City, with the Grays Ferry Crescent section opening in 2011, and the Locust to South boardwalk opening in 2014. With the trail terminating at the South Street Bridge, we've been waiting for a few years for the completion of the next segment, from South to Christian Street. Yesterday, [...]
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New Construction and Adaptive Reuse Coming to 2nd & Norris

A little less than a year ago, we told you about some duplexes that were in the works for the 2100 block of N. 2nd Street. At the time, we noted the presence of a ten story warehouse building on the 2000 block of N. 2nd Street and learned, to our surprise, that the building was in active use by wicker wholesaler Charles Schober Company. We commented that the building would make for a great residential [...]
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