Student Housing Replacing Stubby Homes on 35th Street

When we think about West Philadelphia, wonderful architecture is one of the first things that comes to mind. With a mix of Victorian homes with colorfully painted bays and a range of aesthetically pleasing apartment buildings, we can geek out in numerous West Philly neighborhoods for hours on end. As we've detailed over the years, an explosion in student housing development over the last handful of years has resulted in the demolition of some terrific buildings on this side of [...]
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New Bridget Foy’s Progressing at 2nd & South

The restaurant Bridget Foy's operated at the corner of 2nd & South since 1978, a constant in the sea of changing urban landscape. Sadly, a 2017 electrical fire severely damaged the building out of which the restaurant operated, thanks to a combination of fire, smoke, and water. The fire was not only unfortunate because it closed a longtime business, but also because it resulted in the demolition of a rather unique building that dated back to [...]
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Eight Units Under Construction Next to the 34th Street Bridge

We were trekking through Mantua the other day and were cheered when we noticed some significant progress at a long vacant property where 33rd Street hits Mantua Avenue. We brought this triangular 13K sqft parcel to your attention about a year and a half ago, noting that it had been sitting vacant for as long as we could remember and feeling no sense of shock that the property was City-owned. As is often the case [...]
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Five Homes Replace a Church on Corinthian Avenue

We've been tracking the situation at 875 Corinthian Ave. for a few years now, and indeed things have changed quite a bit during that time. Back in 2016, we noticed a 'For Sale By Owner' sign at the property and we wondered whether the party that would eventually buy the property would demolish the building on the site or convert it into apartments. A reminder, this building was the site of the New Macedonia Church, a handsome though [...]
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New Owners For a Pair of Vacant Lots on Grays Ferry Avenue

Grays Ferry Avenue has experienced a significant transformation over the last twenty years, reflecting the major changes in the rest of the surrounding Graduate Hospital neighborhood. The most noticeable difference of course, is the construction of Naval Square on the 20 acres of land that was once home to the original US Naval Academy and sat vacant and blighted for years before Naval Square happened. The project added over 600 units to the area, a staggering number [...]
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Another Walnut Street Building is Gaining Some Height

If you want to live in downtown Philadelphia and want to be in the middle of everything, you could do a lot worse than Walnut Street. Many people want to live in downtown Philadelphia, and many people want to live on Walnut Street, but one can only buy a place on Walnut Street if there's one for sale, and one can only rent a place on Walnut if there's one for rent. Despite the desirability [...]
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Plans Shift From Apartments to Homes to Apartments at 26th & Poplar

Like the slowest ping pong match in history, things keep going back and forth for the long vacant parcel on the northwest corner of 26th & Poplar. Three years ago, the owners of the property had a plan for an apartment building with 75 units and 38 parking spots. That never came to pass, and a year ago we told you about a shift in plans for the parcel, to 23 homes with fully underground parking. But if you visit the [...]
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A Pair of Projects Progress on 16th Street in Spring Garden

The Spring Garden neighborhood doesn't see a ton of construction activity because there aren't too many properties in need of redevelopment and also because its classification as a historic district makes development more complicated and expensive. In certain historic districts, developers can skate by with new construction that sort of resembles the surrounding buildings, as we're seeing with an upcoming project in Parkside. In other areas, like Spring Garden or Society Hill, the local community groups [...]
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New Apartment Building Planned on Historic Parkside Block

If you've got kids, you've surely visited the Parkside neighborhood, perhaps without even realizing it. Parkside's boundaries run roughly from the Philadelphia Zoo to 52nd Street, from the railroad tracks in the south to Fairmount Park in the north. You've probably visited this neighborhood because of trip to the aforementioned zoo, or maybe to the Please Touch Museum. Please Touch was located in Logan Square for decades and moved to Parkside in 2008, taking over Memorial Hall. [...]
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Sweet Renderings for Apartment Building Coming to 10th & Girard

Girard Avenue could and probably should be one of the most vibrant commercial corridors in Philadelphia. It's wide but walkable, has good public transportation, and has a great mix of smaller properties to accommodate local businesses and larger properties for the national chains. And yet it's like a roller coaster. It's vibrant east of Front Street and for a few blocks just west of Front. Then it takes a dip until it gets close to [...]
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