Micro Flatiron Building Coming Soon at 5th & Passyunk

Maybe two years ago, we drew your gaze to 715 E. Passyunk Ave., a triangular parcel created by Passyunk Avenue blazing its diagonal path into 5th Street. We shared a little history of this 1,100 sqft property, noting that it was used as a gas station back in the day, and featured a water ice business much more recently. For more than a decade though, the little commercial building on the south side of the property sat vacant [...]
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All The Thumbs Up For Proposal at 10th & Diamond

If you look around the 900 block of Diamond Street, the scenery isn't exactly top notch. There's a huge PGW property to the south which includes a handsome building that dates back to the end of the 19th century and a sea of surface parking. Looking north is a mix of rough looking buildings and vacant land, and it's the same deal looking east, but with an increasing number of new construction buildings as you move toward [...]
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13 Affordable Units Appear in West Poplar, Thanks to PCDC

For years, we've groused that the Philadelphia Housing Authority owns too much property. To be clear, PHA fills a crucial need in our fair city, providing affordable housing for thousands of people through a combination of housing developments, scattered site housing, and administration of various government programs to reduce rent obligations in non-PHA homes. Nevertheless, PHA has found itself with a surplus of scattered site properties that either need total renovation or are currently sitting vacant, [...]
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Hotel Weirdness Continues at 10th & Arch

932 Arch St. has certainly experienced a strange decade. We first covered this property back in 2012, sharing the news that the one-story building would be growing by five stories, with the newly renovated building containing 20 apartments and some office space. It didn't take long before construction got started, but for whatever reason, work froze for a couple years. We checked in on the building in 2017, and the facade of the building had [...]
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Second Quarters Coming Near Rail Park, Insert Change For a Dollar Joke Here

As we've said on more occasions than we can count, we are none too fond of surface parking lots. Of course, there are worse things out there than surface parking lots, like storage facilities, slaughterhouses, power plants, and coal yards. 1201 Callowhill St. then, is a rare case where a property's existence as a surface parking lot is actually a step up from its historic use. In this case, the property was a coal yard [...]
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Church Going Residential at 4th & Cambridge?

The building at 1150 N. 4th St. was originally constructed as Saint Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, dating back to the end of the 19th century. According to historical maps, the building transitioned to housing a "Singing Society" in the mid-1900s, but more recently it has gone back to being a house of worship, the 2CMC Church. This congregation, which touts itself as the a church of love, anointing, and unity, looks like it will soon be relocating [...]
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Row of Homes Under Construction Near 6th & Susquehanna, and There’s More to Come

6th & Susquehanna is a bit of an odd location to see development these days. It's a little too far north and east for Temple student housing. And it's a little too far north and west for South Kensington / Norris Square market rate development. And yet, when we were passing by this intersection the other day, we spied a row of new homes under construction on the 2100 block of Fairhill Street. We were [...]
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Apartment Building and Duplexes Will Replace Deli Company in South Kensington

1307 Germantown Ave. covers almost an acre in the southern section of South Kensington, but it's quite possible that it's never caught your eye. The sizable property has frontage on both Germantown Avenue and N. American Street, but neither side is especially notable, with corrugated metal fencing on the western side and some slightly more attractive metal fencing on the east side, joining a low slung warehouse building. Emils Gourmet, a deli meat manufacturer, has been based here for a [...]
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Clothing Store on Germantown Avenue Looks Like an Old Theater… But It Isn’t

We were making our way from North Broad Street to Northern Liberties the other day, and decided to take the path less traveled, taking Germantown Avenue pretty much the whole way. As we sojourned, Leo's Apparel at 2705 Germantown Ave. caught our eye. We noticed this business not because we need a new suit (though that's probably a good idea too), but because of the somewhat unusual nature of its signage. The sign for the business [...]
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Rehab on Frankford Looks Like a Rubik’s Cube

Stop us if you've heard this, but Frankford Avenue is a happening place these days. Remarkably, this hasn't been the case for very long at all. When Frankford Hall opened its doors back in 2011, Frankford Avenue was littered with vacant lots and old industrial buildings which were still used for industrial purposes. Fishtown had just started a meteoric rise in terms of development, and as new neighbors moved to the neighborhood in droves, the corridor [...]
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