Longtime Surface Lot at 21st & Lombard Will Finally Disappear

2100 Lombard St. is a very desirable property, located on the edge of Fitler Square and just a few short blocks away from the heart of Center City. And yet, for whatever reason, this property has been building free since at least the 1940s and has been used at a surface parking lot since the 1950s. Granted, this area wasn't as compelling from a real estate perspective as it is today until maybe 20-25 years ago, [...]
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Church Property Pivoting to Student Housing in Mantua

Student housing will seemingly continue its inexorable march up into Mantua, as plans are coming down the pike for the redevelopment of a large site on the 3300 block of Fairmount Avenue. We can't say it's altogether shocking that such a project would be forthcoming, given the amount of new construction that's been creeping further and further north from Drexel and Penn, but we're still taken a little aback by something so large and so [...]
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DRWC Selects Durst Organization to Redevelop Penn’s Landing

A couple weeks ago, the Philadelphia real estate and sports worlds were both abuzz as we learned that the owners of the 76ers were one of the groups vying for the privilege of redeveloping the sites on either side of Penn's Landing in a project that would relocate the team to a new arena on the Delaware River. Over the last couple weeks, we have learned that three other groups were in consideration, including Hoffman & [...]
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Northern Liberties Corner Swapping Huge Yard For Giant Homes

The Aretz family moved to N. 4th Street in 1995, at a time that Northern Liberties looked rather different than it does today. The Piazza was still years away. 700 Club and Standard Tap hadn't yet opened their doors, and the first show at the Fire wouldn't happen for four more years. Liberty Lands was just an empty space. And many of the old industrial buildings in the neighborhood were either still in use or sitting vacant. [...]
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New Developments Abound in Roseville, Part II

A few days back, we covered some of the ongoing projects happening in Roseville, AKA the area northwest of Penn's campus that's seen an explosion in new construction over the last several years. Today we have a few more projects to bring to your attention, starting with a giant development on Chestnut Street. The Next LVL, lvling up It’s quite impossible to miss the largest construction site in old Roseville- Alterra's 6-Story, 287-unit, modular-built apartment building [...]
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New Buildings Change the Landscape on the 700 Block of Carpenter

Given its prominent Bella Vista locale, you wouldn't necessarily expect a whole lot of change on the 700 block of Carpenter Street. Despite experiencing a few huge projects in recent years, this neighborhood is incredibly well established and we simply don't see that many development opportunities around here. Sure, maybe the occasional one-off, but multiple projects on a single block is not the norm. And yet, three different projects have absolutely changed things on this [...]
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A Slim Home Indeed Has Appeared in the Heart of Northern Liberties

We were making our way through Northern Liberties the other day and stopped in our tracks as we approached the corner of 4th & Poplar. 907 N. 4th St. has been a vacant lot for a very long time, decades at least, but a new home has appeared here in the last couple months. We wouldn't typically bring the construction of a lone home to your attention, but in this case it's worth it, due [...]
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Lots of Construction on and Around Ludlow Street in West Philly

Over the past several years, numerous multi-unit projects have been built in and around University City. The reason behind this is a no-brainer- the proximity to multiple universities, the easy access to transit, and the developer-friendly zoning combine to make an ideal situation for builders who intend to target the multitudes of new residents that show up in this area every fall. This influx of development is also getting bolstered by the University City office [...]
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Last Chance Bar Runs Out of Chances, Gets Demoed

Last Chance Lounge was a corner bar which had a nice run at 1800 W. Girard Ave., though it closed its door permanently a few years back. Looking through some old permits, we see that the building was used as a tavern and tap house for a very long while, at least since the 1960s, and notably in the early 1980s whatever business was there at the time expanded its offerings to the 2nd floor to include disco [...]
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Broad and Washington Northeast Corner Finally Happening?

The intersection where Broad Street meets Washington Avenue should be a trophy intersection in Philadelphia, a proverbial corner of Main and Main. It took a step in the right direction a couple years back when Lincoln Square opened at the northwest corner, adding hundreds of apartments, a supermarket, a Target, a liquor store, and several other businesses to a property that was previously used mostly for surface parking. Despite the apparent success of this development, the even larger [...]
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