Homes Approaching Finish Line at 17th & Annin

It was roughly two and a half years ago that we pointed a finger at the warehouse on the northwest corner of 17th & Annin, noting that it was not long for this world. We explained that the ZBA gave their blessing to a plan to demolish the building and replace it with a quintet of new homes with rear access parking. A year later, the warehouse was gone and foundations had taken its place. [...]
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Rehab For Two Buildings on Fabric Row, As the Corridor Continues to Evolve

The origin of Paul's Draperies tracks all the way back to a pushcart in 1950. During that era, the demand for fabric was such that pushcarts in the street provided options beyond the offerings of the brick and mortar establishments. Within a few years, the Paul family established a storefront at 737 S. 4th St., selling drapes to a range of customers, including regular folks from the neighborhood, restaurants, cruise ships, and the occasional movie production. [...]
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Another Beer Distributor Bites the Dust, This Time in Northern Liberties

As homes have continued to appreciate in Northern Liberties, the industrial buildings that once dominated the neighborhood have grown increasingly out of place. There was a lumber yard for over a century at 3rd & Girard, but that's been demoed in favor of an upcoming apartment building. A former wire works on Lawrence Street got torn down a few years back, and seventeen homes rose in its place. And then there's the Apex building on N. [...]
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For a Change, We’d Suggest Downzoning Some Properties

When Philadelphia implemented the new zoning code in 2012, many among us hoped that it would streamline a zoning process which had spiraled out of control thanks to the combination of an outdated code and inaccurate zoning maps. The "new" code isn't perfect by any means, but it's certainly proven itself as an upgrade over what we had before. While the code was executed in one fell swoop, the other side of the equation has lagged behind considerably. [...]
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Say So Long to the Fishtown Beverage Building

We were jonesing for a za'atar and cheese man'oushe from Suraya, so we made our way to Frankford Avenue earlier today with a sense of excitement for a tasty meal to come. Along with quality food, Suraya also has traditionally provided an added benefit for customers, a little parking area at 1511 Frankford Ave., across the street. This parking lot was previously associated with Fishtown Beverage, which closed its doors several years ago. In the past As [...]
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Heaps of Zoning Applications Yesterday in West Poplar

We were looking through the docket for the ZBA yesterday, as we're wont to do, and noticed five different projects seeking variances within a very small area of West Poplar. This seemed odd on its face, so we started investigating. All of the properties are owned by City agencies, a good explanation for why they haven't been developed previously. This is also a pretty strong sign that they aren't actually being developed by the City, but are being [...]
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Next Round of Homes Under Construction Near Broad & Bainbridge

Way back in the summer of 2012, we told you about plans for twenty-two homes on the 1300 blocks of Bainbridge and Kater Streets, on a parcel that had been used as a surface parking lot for quite some time. The project caught us off guard at the time, as we openly wondered whether buyers would be willing to pony up top dollar for high-end homes next door to a gas station. But life is full of [...]
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Wawa Gas Station Plus Parking Garage Coming Soon at Front & Spring Garden?

A Northern Liberties neighbor reached out to us a few months back, having noticed some geotechnical work taking place on a parking lot on the east side of the 600 block of N. Front Street. We previously brought this property to your attention back in 2014, noting that it was listed for sale and thinking that the sole building on the property would make for a unique restaurant or retail space. With the soil testing taking place, we [...]
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Apartments Still Planned Above Family Dollar on North Broad

A little less than a year ago, we brought 906 N. Broad St. to your attention, dreaming of a better future for the building. We noted the likelihood that it was originally built as a car dealership, but showed you its current blah condition, chopped up into a Family Dollar, a seafood restaurant, and a mini market. We also made mention of the building's great potential due to its location on the fringe of Francisville and close to Temple's [...]
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1500 Block of Frankford Avenue Getting a Little More Commercial

In just a few short years, Frankford Avenue has exploded as a commercial corridor, and it's happened in a variety of ways. Some businesses have opened in repurposed industrial buildings, like Frankford Hall back in the day and Suraya much more recently. Plenty of other businesses have opened in brand new buildings, like the massive City Fitness or the collection of smaller businesses on the 1800 block. But perhaps the majority of businesses have opened in [...]
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