Harbison Dairy Renovation Getting Moving, Homes Proposed Next Door

It's pretty much impossible for us to imagine what life was like a hundred fifty years ago, fond as we are of indoor plumbing and electricity, let alone our smartphone. But alas, back in 1865, people didn't have toilets or light bulbs or supercomputers in their pockets, and things were just a pinch less sanitary, safe, and convenient. It was in this world that Robert Harbison started a dairy business in Kensington, bringing milk into town daily [...]
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Apartment Building Will Replace Funeral Home on North Broad

Over the course of several decades and three generations of family ownership, Baker Funeral Home served as a crucial resource for people suffering from loss in its North Philadelphia neighborhood. Behind the scenes though, the business was coping with unpaid federal tax bills to the tune of nearly seven figures, with litigation over obligations stretching back to the late 1990s. In the face of these challenges, it should come as no surprise that the business closed [...]
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Wanna Rent Space in a Mixed-Use Building Near the Piazza?

Just a few steps from the Piazza, Northern Liberties is picking up a new, albeit much smaller apartment building. 1018 Germantown Ave. was home to a pretty cool looking industrial building which was used as a printing business and a machine shop back in the day. We couldn't tell you what it was used for more recently, but we suspect it's been sitting empty in recent years, given its ragged appearance. In the past You may have [...]
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Apartment Building Under Construction on Ridge With Great Views of Vacant Lot

There's a new apartment building under construction at 1111 Ridge Ave., a five-story edifice that will have 18 units and commercial space on the first floor. Construction is moving along pretty well, with the exterior fully framed and the windows already installed. We couldn't tell you what business to expect on the first floor, but given the restaurants and the excellent concert venue around the corner on Spring Garden Street and the numerous ongoing projects in [...]
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Huge Development in Store For City Block at Broad & South

A little more than two years ago, we told you that Health Center No. 1 would be moving out of its digs at 500 S. Broad St. after roughly six decades, and that the City planned to sell off the 40K sqft parcel to the highest bidder. This was huge news, as parcels of this size and at such a prime location don't exactly fall out of the sky. And when large, desirable parcels trade, this typically [...]
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PHA Building Sells Near 16th & Fairmount

The Philadelphia Housing Authority is perhaps best known for its sizable developments that cover several consecutive city blocks (often with unfortunate suburban-style architecture), but PHA also owns a ton of scattered site properties which are supposed to blend in with their surroundings. Not surprisingly, these units are much more difficult to manage than the concentrated PHA properties, and they tend to experience more wear and tear and have traditionally been much more likely to sit vacant and [...]
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Shopping Center Coming Soon on Ridge, Next to PHA HQ

If you've traveled up Ridge Avenue through Sharswood any time recently, you might have noticed that the Philadelphia Housing Authority has completed their new headquarters, covering the bulk of the triangular block surrounded by Ridge Avenue, 20th Street, and Jefferson Street. While this building isn't exactly an example of peak urbanism, it's still a step up for this property, which was sitting vacant for a very long time. Speaking of vacant land, there's still no shortage in [...]
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Pennsylvania Ballet Planning New Building on North Broad

Journey with us, if you will, to the Naked Philly vaults, and revisit a story from eight years ago, about the Pennsylvania Ballet moving from their home in East Falls to a new location on North Broad Street. The dance company, which also has an associated school, purchased a pair of buildings at 321-323 N. Broad St. and demolished the structure at 321 N. Broad St. during the summer of 2012, ultimately reusing a one-story section of [...]
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New Mural Appears on Renovated Affordable High Rise at 40th & Market

Standing tall on the 3900 block of Market Street, the University Square Apartments building has recently undergone a massive makeover to prepare it for the (third decade of the) 21st Century. Much taller than its neighbors at 19 Stories, this tower has been the largest privately-owned affordable housing development in the city since it opened in 1978. The building The origins of this building go all the way back to the infamous plans made by the City [...]
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Renovation and Demolition Near 41st & Brown

It's no exaggeration to say that the boundaries of student housing development have exploded outward in the last decade in West Philadelphia, pushing farther north, south, and west than we ever could have predicted. In terms of northern projects, we've seen development all over Haverford Avenue, with the occasional proposal pushing to Mount Vernon Street. If Mount Vernon seems like it's a little far away from Penn and Drexel, how about the corner of 41st & [...]
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