Duplexes Will Fill a Sizable Lot at 6th & Cecil B Moore

In covering just about any new project in South Kensington, we're legally obligated to mention the neighborhood's industrial past, even as that history relates less and less to the neighborhood's present and future. As we're generally believers in abiding by the laws of the land, let's look together at 1643 N. 6th St., which is currently a large and vacant grassy lot that measures about half an acre. Looking at some historic maps though, we see [...]
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Dueling Demolitions on Frankford Avenue Will Result in a Pair of New Buildings

Frankford Avenue will soon have a pair of new mixed-use buildings, located pretty much across the street from each other. We suspect that the timing of the construction for both of these projects will be more or less aligned, as the timing of their demolition is lined up pretty closely. First, let's take a look at 1538-44 Frankford Ave., which developers purchased about a year ago for a combined $1.25M. In the past Current view We covered [...]
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New Building Will Appear on Chester Avenue, Next to the Tracks

There's an irregularly shaped parcel at 4921 Chester Ave. which measures about 1500 sqft, and you'd never know it's there unless someone told you. The reason its existence isn't obvious is because it sits immediately adjacent to the submerged Media-Elwyn Regional Rail tracks, and its frontage is hidden by a metal fence and some jersey barriers. It's there though, and it's been sitting vacant for decades - but that won't be the case for much [...]
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More Apartments Plus Office Space Coming to the 4200 Block of Chestnut

Intercultural Family Services is a non-profit organization which provides critical services in the local community. They provide Family Empowerment Services, serve as a behavioral health provider for children, assist participants with money management, and pursue truancy prevention with children, among other things. The organization is based out of a couple buildings on the 4200 block of Chestnut Street, with their main office located on the north side of the street, and a behavioral health center in a [...]
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Progress For Two Projects at 25th & Dickinson, on Opposite Sides of the Viaduct

Ah, the 25th Street viaduct. There's no better way to know that you're leaving Point Breeze and entering Grays Ferry, or vice versa. This cement structure which covers 25th Street in a perpetual shadow has one purpose, and that's to transport CSX trains across town. While that's awesome for CSX, it's less than optimal for everyone else, as the viaduct not only casts those pesky shadows, but it's also in a state of horrible disrepair. [...]
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Historic Mt. Airy National Bank Should Likely Getting Converted to Apartments

Since 1965, the 4500-6600 blocks of Germantown Ave. have been listed as a district on the National Historic Register. The blocks of Germantown Ave. in Chestnut Hill were listed in 1985, and the gap between these districts was closed in 1987, as the 6700-7600 blocks joined the register. We were under the impression that some of these blocks had been listed on the local historic register for years, but we've learned that this is not the [...]
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Development Opportunity on the Edge of Port Richmond

We were skimming through listings on Loopnet the other day when a listing on Lehigh Avenue caught our attention, thanks to some strong marketing work by the group listing the property. 2640 E. Lehigh Ave. is available and here's the listing, in case you don't believe us. This building has been home to Gordon & Sons Glass & Mirrors for years, but the building dates back to the early part of the 20th century, when the neighborhood was [...]
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Old Warehouse Will Disappear on N. 2nd Street, Unique Apartment Building Planned

Just yesterday, we told you about a 200 plus unit building in the works on the 1700 block of N. Front Street. It turns out that at the same community meeting, different developers presented plans for a new project nearby on the 1700 block of N. 2nd Street. This project will take place at 1730-54 N. 2nd St., on a parcel that's currently a one-story warehouse and a surface parking lot. Though the project won't approach [...]
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Front & Cecil B Moore Will Lose a Huge Lot and Pick Up an Urby

1700 N. Front St. is a huge property that's been used a surface parking lot for at least the last couple decades. Given its size and its location in Kensington, one might think that the property was once home to a factory of some sort, but that's not the case. Historically, the property was split into a couple dozen different parcels, some of which were used for commercial purposes while others were used as residences, [...]
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Three Slim Homes are Buzzing Across From Greensgrow

A "vacant" lot at 2511 E. Firth St. is filling in, and three new homes are shaping up. This property was owned by the owner of the adjacent home, who bought it from the City about twenty years ago, for use as a side lot. As $1 side lots go, this is one of the better deals we've seen, as the property is quite large, measuring about 36' wide by 69' deep. It appears that the [...]
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