Apartments Coming to Former Murry’s on Lancaster Avenue

Development, generally of the student housing variety, continues to push northward in West Philly. Over the years, we've seen construction creep further into Mantua and West Powelton, and every time we think it's reached a stopping point, a new project comes along and moves things a bit farther north. So today we bring you a story about 4077 Lancaster Ave., a property that's technically in the Belmont neighborhood, an area where we've seen relatively few projects to date. But [...]
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So Long to Trios, Construction Starting at 4th & Girard

We last looked at the southeast corner of 4th & Girard a little less than a year ago, noting that local pizza joint Trios would soon be closing after about a decade holding down this corner. At the time, we noted that Trios occupied a sub-optimally utilized property on the border between Northern Liberties and South Kensington, with only a small one story building surrounded by surface parking. This surely made sense when the building [...]
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Amazing Mix of Adaptive Reuse and New Construction at Mount Airy Presbyterian

We confess that we don't make our way up to Mount Airy or Chestnut Hill on the regular, but given that these areas are seeing some interesting and relevant projects at the moment, we might need to up our game in the northwestern section of town. Today, we are pleased to pass along news of a project that appears to be complete, and represents one of the more unique offerings we've seen. The congregation of [...]
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Point Breeze Avenue Picking Up Some Units in a Couple Small Projects

We were traveling down Point Breeze Avenue the other day when a couple new projects caught our eye. Remember, this street was once a vibrant neighborhood commercial corridor to the extent that people living in the neighborhood didn't need to venture into Center City to buy stuff. While it's true that Point Breeze residents don't need to travel downtown to purchase their necessities today, that's thanks to Amazon and not due to a return to form [...]
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Plans Afoot to Combine a Couple Properties and Build a Hotel at 10th & Arch

A historic building that was once the home of the Methodist Episcopal Board of Church Extension and more recently art collective Space 1026 could soon undergo a rather massive evolution. 1026 Arch St. is a pretty awesome building which is difficult to photograph because of the sizable tree out front. Looking at a historic image, we see the building in its High Victorian Gothic beauty. Even though the first floor has been significantly modified over the years, [...]
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Addition and Apartments for Non-Historic Industrial Building on E. Huntingdon

Scattered across the River Wards are countless industrial buildings which once represented, collectively, the engine that ran the "Workshop of the World." The buildings we see today are all that's left of a powerful industrial presence which reached its peak at the beginning of the 20th century, with many buildings having been demolished over the years, some repurposed for light industrial or residential use, and others left to rot. The industrial building at 1838 E. Huntingdon [...]
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Seriously, Chestnut Street is Getting Yet Another Apartment Building

Chestnut Street is drunk, and the fall semester hasn't even started yet. Over the past week and change, we've already brought two projects to your attention on Chestnut Street in Spruce Hill. Eight days ago, we told you about a 100-unit project coming soon on the 4200 block. A mere two days ago, we shared the news that a massive 327-unit building was in store for the 4500 block. And don't forget, last month we told [...]
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Lawsonia Building Demolition Imminent, Plans Emerge for Replacement

It's been a bit of a slog for 1106 Spring Garden St., a property with some interesting history and a future that's less exciting than we would have hoped. The building dates back nine decades, per Hidden City, and was initially home to a plumbing supply business. An upholstered furniture maker called Lawsonia Manufacturing Company moved into the space in 1949, operating there until 2002. Soon after, a project came down the pike to convert [...]
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Huge Apartment Project Planned Next to West Catholic Prep

It was not even a week ago that we shared news about a new 100-unit building in the works for the 4200 block of Chestnut Street, adding to the rapidly growing list of new apartment buildings on Chestnut Street near Penn. While a hundred new units is no small project, it pales in comparison to the nearly completed Next LVL building nearby at 43rd & Chestnut, which includes 281 units over its seven stories. Offhand, we believe it's the [...]
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Sophy Curson Building Should Pick Up Some Much Needed Height

As far as small business success stories go, Sophy Curson may well be one of the best in Philadelphia. Remarkably, this business has operated since 1929, selling designer dresses to generations of the city's well heeled denizens. First the eponymously named store operated out of a second floor space at 124 S. 19th St., and focused on petite women's fashions. The product lines slowly expanded and in 1951, Sophy Curson relocated to a larger space in a new [...]
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