Etting Street Keeps Filling In, But Unexpectedly, the Street Itself is Historic

It was just a few years ago that the 1200 block of Etting Street was sitting empty and desolate, a Brewerytown block with nary a building. But times have changed, and they've changed rather quickly. View in 2014 Current view The transition is nothing short of amazing, as the block has gone from zero buildings to over a dozen new residential structures. The block has been developed with a mix of market rate homes and [...]
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Soko Lofts Project Rising From the Dead in South Kensington

There's a huge vacant lot at 1300 N. 2nd St. that's been in development purgatory for over a decade. Back before the 2008 recession, developers were planning a significant for-sale project for this 2.5 acre property, eyeing 160 condo units and 16 artist studios. After everyone finished licking their wounds from the economic downturn, the same developers came back five years later with a project called Soko Lofts, a Piazza-like 311-unit development centered around a courtyard. We [...]
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Will Love Kingdom Fellowship Be the Next Church to Disappear?

A reader reached out to us over the weekend and gave us the heads up that the Love Kingdom Fellowship Church at 1009 S. 3rd St. was recently purchased by developers. We took a peek at public record, and indeed, a developer based in Packer Park purchased this property back in February, paying $2.8M. Further confirming the situation, we looked at the website for the church and saw that they're currently operating out of a temporary [...]
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Banca Calabrese Building Sticking Around After All

A few months back, we told you about plans to tear down some buildings at the corner of 7th & Christian in favor of new construction. To review, developers had 630-638 Christian St. under agreement, with plans to build seven homes with ten parking spaces in place of the existing buildings on the site. Though none of the buildings in question are designated historic, one of them was the childhood home of famous tenor Mario Lanza, while the [...]
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New Zoning Applications Appear at 18th & Washington

A Washington Avenue project we've been eyeing since 2011 looks like it's finally coming into focus, just in time to join several other new developments on the corridor. Seven years ago, we told you that Michael and Mario Carosella from C&R Building Supply had purchased the building at 1731 Washington Ave. and were planning to demolish the warehouse on the property and replace it with a four-story mixed-use building. The details of that project called for 15 [...]
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Sixteen Stories For Long Vacant Triangle on Spring Garden Street?

There's 30K sqft triangular lot that's bounded by Ridge Avenue, Buttonwood Street, and 12th Street, but the address is 1126 Spring Garden St. because it's got a little bit of frontage on Spring Garden Street as well. It's been sitting vacant for as long as we remember, but back in the day it was home to a lumber yard and before that, a brass works. We wondered about the property back in 2013, noting that it had been [...]
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Long Vacant Home Demolished Next to Liberties Walk

We don't remember the 1000 block of N. Bodine St. before the arrival of Liberties Walk about a dozen years ago, and sadly, neither does Google Street View. Old maps show that the eastern side of the block was traditionally used for industrial purposes, while the west side of the block was more of a mix of industry and residences. More recently, both sides of the block have been dominated by the aforementioned Liberties Walk, with [...]
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In Olde Richmond, Saga Continues for “the Galvo”

When the Hagert Square project came along on the 2400 blocks of E. Hagert and E. Letterly Streets a few years back, we also directed your attention to 2501 E. Hagert St., wondering whether the large industrial building covering the entire property could also get redeveloped. We made fun of the fact that the building looked like it was covered in South-Philly style vinyl awnings, and figured it would eventually get torn down and replaced by [...]
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Fishtown Tour on the Horizon, With a Side of Johnny Brenda’s History

In just a handful of years, Fishtown went from typical quiet Philadelphia neighborhood-- unknown to outsiders-- to a bustling enclave with glowing write-ups in travel guides, and most recently in Forbes Magazine. Considered one of the primary catalysts to the neighborhood’s re-birth, Johnny Brenda’s has become with synonymous with Fishtown-- a hip and quirky place with great food and booze. However, this notable curved corner building at the nexus of Frankford and Girard Avenues has worn many hats over [...]
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Will N. 3rd Street Lose Another Old Industrial Building?

Perhaps you recall, at the end of 2016, we told you that developers were planning to demolish the Cristalvetro Glass building at 1143 N. 3rd St., with the intention of building a five-story, 26-unit apartment building with industrial uses in the basement and on the first floor. After the developers made some some tweaks at the request of NLNA, they got approval from the ZBA a little over a year ago. Construction hasn't yet begun for [...]
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