Devil’s Pocket Surface Lot is Half Gone and the Rest Will Soon Disappear Too

Sometimes when readers email us, wondering about a particular project or property, we need to do all kinds of research to figure out what's going on. We've become experts in poring over old zoning plans and/or property records to help satisfy the curiosity of someone motivated enough to reach out to us. Every now and again though, we hear from someone that wants more information on a property that we already know about, cutting out all [...]
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How ‘Bout Six New Homes at 29th & Reed?

Slowly but surely, development momentum seems to be picking up in Grays Ferry, with action spreading west from 25th Street and south from Grays Ferry Avenue. Remember, we told you over the summer about a bunch of new homes under construction on the 3000 block of Titan Street, just behind the site of the former Bottom Dollar grocery store which closed down several years ago. And we've covered numerous small and medium sized projects on the [...]
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Seven Story Building Edging Closer at 40th & Market?

Ah, the southwest corner of 40th & Market. For years, there was a janky looking two-story stucco building at this corner, but in 2017 we learned that developers had purchased the building and intended to replace it with a 27-unit apartment building. That sounded great, and given the incredibly close proximity to Penn's campus we figured the units would offer some of the more sought after student housing in the area. The building was eventually demoed, but the [...]
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Solar Powered Apartment Building Arrives Next to the El

You may have heard, fossil fuel dependence is a bit of a problem for our humble planet. That mass of incandescent gas up in the sky provides an endless source of energy, but humankind has only taken baby steps in tapping into solar power. We've been slow to adopt solar for many reasons (according to some articles we just read), with cost being a significant hurdle. Fortunately, solar prices have gone down considerably as the years [...]
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Fresh Renderings For Upcoming South Quarter Crossing Renovation

Who among us loves a shopping center? Not many hands raised, eh? Figured. In a perfect world, we'd walk everywhere and buy everything we need on our closest commercial corridor from small, locally owned businesses. But it ain't the 1950s anymore, and we buy countless necessities at big box stores and national chains when we don't buy them online. Though some of those big box stores have a presence downtown, others are only willing to open [...]
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Unique Brewerytown Duplex Caught Our Eye

You may recall, last week we did an update on a significant development in Brewerytown, a collection of duplexes, triplexes, and quadplexes replacing a surface parking lot on 27th Street. The buildings making up the first phase of the project have frontage on 27th Street and they're now finished and mostly occupied. The property is quite large though, and runs all the way to Taney Street, where additional buildings are now under construction. As we were [...]
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Philadelphia Got a 2nd Trader Joe’s Location Today

You love Trader Joe's but you hate waiting on line. This is a quandary for many Philadelphians, since long lines are almost as synonymous with this supermarket chain as happy employees and Trader Giotto's tomato sauce. With just one location in town at 22nd & Market, a trip to Trader Joe's sometimes requires just as much time waiting to check out as it takes to pick out your groceries. There should be some relief now, though, since the [...]
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Baltimore Crossing Project Will Offer New Construction Condos in Cedar Park

As opposed to many other parts of town, condos really aren't a thing in West Philadelphia. And you can probably figure out why without thinking too hard on the subject. The most obvious reason is that student housing rentals are a very attractive and lucrative market, so the overwhelming majority of multi-family projects in West Philadelphia neighborhoods near Penn and Drexel are built with that approach in mind. There's also a fairly robust market for single-family [...]
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Rentals Are Slowly Overtaking a Surface Lot on 27th Street

As Brewerytown has transformed over the last decade, some blocks have changed more than others. Especially on the western end of the neighborhood, huge vacant swaths have turned over, with the construction of a shopping center with a supermarket and numerous apartment buildings (we see you, Westrum). The changes on the 1200 block of N. 27th Street are perhaps a bit more low key, but no less transformational, as both sides of the block have seen [...]
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Former Industrial Building at 2nd & Spring Garden Taking Another Residential Step

The building at 201 Spring Garden St. hearkens back to the industrial past of Northern Liberties, and its relatively recent changes speak to the current direction of the neighborhood. The building was originally constructed in 1913 by Valentine H Smith & Co. wholesale druggists and manufacturing pharmacists. Over time, the building housed a toy concern as well as a door hardware business run by the on-the-nose Doorcheck family, and was eventually converted to office use about a [...]
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