Stone’s On the Outs, Mixed-Use Building On the Way at 17th & Fairmount

Some projects we cover are from way out in left field, like a 32-unit apartment building in the middle of Port Richmond, or a random triplex near 8th & Master. Other projects though, are so intuitively logical that when they finally come around, we find ourselves feeling like we're gonna have a heart attack and die from not surprise. As you might imagine, it's the latter case with this particular story, a plan to redevelop the [...]
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Sixteen Condos in the Works at 17th & Bainbridge

Over the summer, we directed your attention to the northwest corner of 17th & Bainbridge, where we found a demolition notice affixed to the New Light Beulah Baptist Church. We noted that the building was constructed around 1870 as the First Church of the Covenanters Presbyterian Church, but made the observation that the stucco exterior was a relatively recent change. We also pointed out that the building was not listed on the Historic Register, which meant that [...]
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PHA Auctioning Off More Scattered Site Properties

The Philadelphia Housing Authority serves a crucial role in our city, providing over ten thousand units of affordable housing to low income residents. Most of those units are located in large developments, like the Richard Allen Homes in Poplar or the Southwark Homes in Queen Village. But PHA also owns a few thousand units of what's known as "scattered site housing," homes that are located in neighborhoods all over town which are meant to blend [...]
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We Took a Tour of the Pyramid Lofts

Wow, MM Partners. That didn't take long at all. It was only about 15 months ago that we first told you that MM Partners had purchased 3101 Glenwood Ave., a six-story industrial building that was home to the Pyramid Electric Company from 1980-2000. The building was designed by Leroy B. Rothschild and constructed in 1922, originally housing a furniture business. We told you that the developers would be thoroughly renovating the building, with plans for 50 residential [...]
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How Will New Construction Fit In On E. Cumberland Street?

East Kensington has been on a rather dramatic upswing over the last several years, but the neighborhood was struggling for decades before this recent boom. We believe it was likely the NTI efforts by the Street administration that knocked down hundreds of blighted buildings in the neighborhood, leaving it with a ton of vacant land. An extreme example can still be found on the 1900 block of E. Cumebrland, which was pretty much an open field [...]
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Wanna Buy a Penthouse Unit at 10 Rittenhouse?

10 Rittenhouse has been a fixture on the northern end of Rittenhouse Square for several years now, so it's easy to forget the boondoggle surrounding its construction. The project was originally supposed to get underway in 2005, which would have meant its completion in 2007 into 2008. That would have been difficult timing, as you might recall the economy and real estate market both took a major dip around that time. Numerous delays pushed the start of construction [...]
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Massive Project Coming to 6th & Moore?

The neighborhood around 600 Moore St. is pretty standard South Philly, a bunch of row homes with some first floor storefronts mixed in, and the occasional large commercial or institutional building. For some reason though, the city block that's bounded by 6th Street, 7th Street, Moore Street, and McClellan Street has never fit that rubric. A hundred years ago, it appears it was used for a variety of industrial purposes and as recently as the 1960s [...]
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Plans Coming Into Focus For Red Bell Brewery

1500 N. 31st St. is a roughly 200K sqft building that was once home to the F.A. Poth Brewery, one of the many breweries that resulted in the neighborhood being dubbed Brewerytown. The brewery closed its doors shortly after the end of Prohibition, but the building survived and was used for furniture and appliance storage. Red Bell Brewery took over the property in the 1990s and closed down in the early 2000s, with the building sitting vacant ever since. [...]
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Former Harry’s Occult Blends In With New Building Next Door

Several years ago, before a new mixed-use building filled in a long vacant lot at the corner of 13th & South, we told you that Harry's Occult Shop had moved from its longtime home at 1238 South St. to a new space down the street. It seemed like a relevant piece of news, as Harry's had been in business for almost a century at the time, with the move coming because their building was changing hands. [...]
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You Could Own a Historic Society Hill Mansion

Have you recently won the lottery? Are you looking to pour your newfound wealth into historic real estate in Philadelphia? 238 S. 4th St. might be just what the doctor ordered. This property is listed for $4.95M, but it's been on the market for quite some time so maybe there's some wiggle room on the price. View from the street The home at the corner was constructed around 1750, which means it's older than America itself. According [...]
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