Robert Purvis House is Finally For Sale, But Who Will Buy It?

A reader reached out recently and gave us the heads up that 1601 Mount Vernon St. is listed for sale. This is exciting news, as the building has quite a bit of history, with some of it dating back over a century and a half, and the rest relating to its slow decline in recent decades. Looking far back into the past, the building was constructed in 1859 and was once home to Robert Purvis, a man that helped [...]
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Massive Project Replacing Fairmount Manor on the Edge of Northern Liberties?

Fairmount Manor is a garden style apartment complex that covers most of the city block bounded by Fairmount Avenue, Green Street, 6th Street, and 7th Street. The apartments were constructed in the early 1970s as privately owned low income rental units, replacing traditional Philly row homes, and were subject to a lawsuit from the neighbors because they not allowed to participate in the planning process for the project. The lawsuit was ultimately successful, but by the [...]
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We Didn’t Expect 32 Homes to be Proposed at 29th & Tasker

On Facebook over the weekend, we learned that developers had something cooking at 2844 Tasker St., which isn't a surprising fact, on its face. As we've seen many times over the last couple years, there's been an increasing interest in Grays Ferry, spreading west from Point Breeze. Most of the development in Grays Ferry has taken place in the northern and eastern parts of the neighborhood, making 29th & Tasker a bit far south and a [...]
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Wanna Buy This Funky House on Porter Street?

A reader reached out to us the other day, pointing us to the listing for 1319 W. Porter St., a single family home in South Philly. Ordinarily, we don't bring random listings to your attention- but this one is truly unique, which might explain why it went under contract after a mere four days on the market. Still, the fact that it was listed at all provides us with a peek within, even if we probably [...]
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Apartment Building Under Construction Behind Billy Penn Studios

Another former industrial property is South Kensington is taking a step toward multi-family, after a brief fling with vacancy. Allow us, if you will, to draw your attention to 528 W. Oxford St., a property that was originally used as a morocco factory. If you're anything like us, you probably don't know what that means, so please allow us to enlighten you. Morocco is a type of leather which is typically made from goat skin and [...]
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Changes Continue at the Corner of 11th & Brandywine

Turn back the clock just a handful of years and the corner of 11th & Brandywine was a fairly depressing place to find oneself. The southwest corner was the back of a gas station, the southeast and northwest corners were vacant and used for surface parking, and the northeast corner was a shuttered industrial building. But there was hope on the horizon. Said industrial building, formerly home to Independence Press, was listed for sale with [...]
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Another Front Street Apartment Building Coming Soon, This Time at Berks

Two changing corridors are crashing into each other as a new project will soon come down the pike at the northwest corner of Front & Berks. Over the years we've detailed several sizable developments on Berks Street, most recently covering a pair of projects on the 100 block which will combine for 28 apartments, 23 townhomes, and some smaller mixed-use buildings. Along Front there are simply too many projects to mention, though the upcoming project at [...]
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Northern Section of Northern Liberties is Being Completely Reinvented

Just a month ago, we told you that Post Brothers had plans to demolish the middle section of Liberties Walk and replace it with a new mixed-use building with 76 units over retail and basement parking. Toward the end of the story, we also noted that the third (westernmost) Liberties Walk building would also be demoed in favor of a smaller mixed-use building with 28 units over retail. We were pleased to hear about these [...]
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Four Homes Coming Behind Clinton Court Apartments?

Clinton Court is a five-story apartment building at the northeast corner of 10th & Clinton with more history and less luck than we ever realized. For a good chunk of the first half of the 20th century, the Clinton Hotel stood at this location, running from Clinton to Cypress Street and rising seven stories. From what we can tell, there was a fire here, either in the late 1940s or the early 1950s, which resulted [...]
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Mixed-Use Building Under Construction Next to Northern Liberties Target

Destination Maternity is, according to Wikipedia, the largest designer of and retailer for maternity clothes in the world. Somewhat surprisingly, Destination Maternity was based for years in Philadelphia, in a large building at 5th & Spring Garden. In 2013, the company moved to New Jersey, leaving a sizable hole in the fabric of the largely industrial area just south of Northern Liberties. Then more stuff happened to this company, but we digress. Perhaps if the building [...]
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