Spring Arts Point Continues to Move Toward the Finish Line

The Spring Arts Point project was originally conceived by developer Lawrence Rust over a decade ago as a plan to build a few dozen units on several large assemblages on the eastern side of the West Poplar neighborhood. The first eighteen homes came into focus quickly, on the block bounded by Percy, 10th, Mount Vernon, and Wallace Streets. In that same time period, the developer poured foundations for the second phase on the block to [...]
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Checking in on the 1600 Block of Point Breeze Avenue

In its heyday, Point Breeze Avenue was a paragon of a neighborhood commercial corridor. According to articles we've read and longtime residents we've spoken with, Point Breeze Avenue had such a diverse array of retail options that people hardly ever had to leave the neighborhood to do their shopping. In today's Age of Amazon (TM), this kind of neighborhood commercial corridor has gone extinct outside of the very center of town and even still looks very different than [...]
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Apartment Building is Replacing a Rowhome Church in the Middle of Sharswood

If you're traveling from South Kensington to Brewerytown, as we were the other day, might we recommend Master Street as a convenient and clear shot across town? Your first inclination might be to take Girard, but there's all those traffic lights, plus Girard College interrupts the flow of the street. So trust us, Master Street's the way to go. As we said, we were taking our own advice and traveling across town on Master Street a [...]
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Graffiti Slash Dog Park Appears at 5th & Germantown

Roughly a week and a half ago, we shared the news that 408 Cecil B. Moore Ave. will likely be redeveloped from a pallet business into a mixed-use building with 146 apartments, some retail, and a bunch of parking. This project is a no brainer for just about everyone. Residential development is popping up all over South Kensington, and there's seemingly an unquenchable demand for additional housing (and associated retail). And while it's true that Pallets [...]
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Triangular Development Opportunity Near Meredith School

Most of downtown Philadelphia is organized on a grid, thank goodness, which makes it really easy for tourists and locals alike to get around town. An extension of this idea, the grid is helpful for developers too, as it generally results in rectangle-shaped lots, which helps produce those desirable right angles in new construction. But we don't have to tell you that the grid gets interrupted from time to time by diagonal streets like Passyunk Avenue, [...]
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Revisiting the Awful Shopping Center at 5th & Spring Garden

As development in Northern Liberties continues to fill in remaining vacant lots and former industrial spaces, the success of its redevelopment continues to bleed into the surrounding neighborhoods. As we've detailed, the growth in the neighborhood has extended beyond 6th Street into East Poplar, and has influenced the Franklin-Callowhill industrial district to the south. Despite this, an unquantifiable relic of the mid-20th Century government-led redevelopment lingers on to the bewilderment to all who encounter it: the [...]
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Main Street Project Coming Back From the Great Beyond?

On lower Main Street, after the movie theater, the unfortunate BridgeFive condo building, and the CVS that would fit in nicely in Cherry Hill, stands an old stone building which was originally built as a carriage house for a nearby mansion. In more recent times, the building was home to Forster Auto Repair, a business that was operating until just a few years ago, even though the building didn't appear to be in such great [...]
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What’s the Deal With the Vacant Lot at 3rd & Christian?

</seinfeld voice> Prominent empty lot But seriously, isn't it a little odd that 300 Christian St. is sitting undeveloped? It's a sizable parcel, measuring just shy of 10K sqft. These days, developers are gobbling up any and all vacant land in areas much farther from Center City and building stuff. And this is Queen Village! Sure, the parcel sits just on the other side of the street from the Meredith catchment, but Nebinger is a pretty [...]
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Little Lot Near Broad & Fitzwater Has Some Challenges

When we saw on the zoning calendar that 1343 Fitzwater St. was seeking a variance, we immediately suspected that the empty lot on the northwest corner of Watts & Fitzwater was getting redeveloped. But this wasn't an accurate suspicion. NW corner of Watts & Fitzwater 1343 Fitzwater St. is actually the northeast corner of this intersection, a vacant parcel that blends in a little more than the northwest corner, maybe because there's always cars parked on [...]
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Homes and Duplexes To Replace Another Industrial Building in South Kensington?

We can only imagine what South Kensington looked like when Gratz Fire Protection Services started their business at 241 W. Oxford St. in the last 1970s or the early 1980s. It must have been pretty rough. We suspect the neighborhood was mired in a state of decline back in those days, as industry was continuing its retreat from the city and residents were fleeing in droves. Surely this resulted in numerous vacant and blighted buildings of various sizes and shapes. [...]
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