Student Housing For An Empty Lot on a Narrow Street?

The 4200 block of Filbert Street seems like it was a city planner's mistake a hundred plus years ago. The incredibly narrow block extends west from 42nd Street, and ends in a dead end before getting halfway to 43rd Street. We looked at historic maps, and the block has always been this way, and alas, we don't know that we'll ever be able to determine exactly why. Despite its odd nature, it's a nice enough block, [...]
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Garage Switching to Apartments Next to South Philly Food Co-op

For whatever reason, the 2100 block of S. Juniper St. has always been mostly industrial and commercial, despite its location next to a residential neighborhood and adjacent to the Passyunk Avenue commercial corridor. The combination of the conditions on the ground and the proximity to the commercial corridor make this block especially interesting for redevelopment. We've had our eye on 2027 S. Juniper St. for quite some time as a building that could stand to [...]
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Finally, Development For a Long Vacant Northern Liberties Property

It was maybe half a year ago that we spied some workers doing what looked like ground testing at 1102 N. 2nd St., and it got us wondering whether this large and curiously ignored parcel in Northern Liberties could soon get developed. We explained that the property was owned by Tower Investments, noting that this developer had built so much in this neighborhood, that it was hard to predict what they could do with the property. We [...]
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After Brief Delay, Look For Another Quadplex on Poplar Street

Development timelines can be impossibly tough to predict. Sometimes a project comes together in a linear fashion and hits milestones as expected, progressing from permitting to groundbreaking to completion in short order. Of course, if real estate development was this easy, everybody would probably do it, right? More often than not, projects run into snags at various points in the process, forcing developers and contractors to improvise in unexpected ways. We have to think that's [...]
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New Wawa Coming Soon, Next to Independence Hall

As the Founding Fathers gathered in the late 1700s to sign the Declaration of Independence and later, to write the United States Constitution, we suspect a common refrain around Independence Hall was "Yo where can I get a good hoagie around here?" Alas, for the last 2 1/2 centuries, or at least for the last decade or so that we can remember, there hasn't been a great answer to this question. But things are changing [...]
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Are Market Rate Homes Possible at Cambria & Trenton?

There's a vacant lot at the intersection of E. Cambria Street and Trenton Avenue which doesn't seem like the poster child for market rate development. This property sits on the fringe of Port Richmond, a neighborhood that seeing developer interest trickle over from Fishtown. But it's also on the edge of Harrowgate, a neighborhood that's been severely depressed for decades and has seen little in terms of development during the current cycle. Sure, there's a [...]
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Shirt Corner Will Rise From the Ashes of Suit Corner

Suit Corner held down the southwest corner of 3rd & Market for way longer than we can remember, selling sometimes garish suits at always reasonable prices. Shirt Corner, a similar store which we believe was owned by a member of the same family, had a similarly long run on the northeast corner of this intersection. A fire in 2014 moved Suit Corner to a new location a few blocks away, and Alterra Properties bought the building on [...]
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Construction At Various Stages on Former Saint Joseph’s Hospital Parking Lot

Saint Joseph's Hospital used the north side of the 1600 block of Cambridge Street as a surface parking lot for a long time, and it was no big deal. The hospital needed the parking and Francisville wasn't exactly a development hotbed. Times have changed though, on both accounts. With parent company NPHS dealing with financial issues that ultimately resulted in bankruptcy, the hospital closed its doors last year, thus making the surface lots rather superfluous. And [...]
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Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down For Unusual Home on 10th Street?

A number of factors conspire to make the 1300 block of S. 10th St. unlike other residential blocks in South Philly. Most noticeably, it flows, at its southern end, into a six point intersection of 10th Street, Passyunk Avenue, and Reed Street, which means it gets much more car and foot traffic than the average block. It's also got more than its share of commercial activity, with a bar and a small market at the end [...]
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Spring Garden School Rehab Looks Terrific

Despite being added to the National Historic Register in 1986, the former Spring Garden School, located at 843 N. 12th St., has been sitting blighted and vacant for decades, a white elephant in the middle of the Richard Allen Homes PHA development. We first pondered this building back in 2012, wondering whether market rate adaptive reuse would be possible at this location, and recognizing that affordable housing would ultimately be the most likely outcome. We frankly didn't [...]
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