Surface Parking Lot Sticking Around at 15th & Bainbridge

As surface parking lots go, the lot on the northeast corner of 15th & Bainbridge is rather innocuous. It's got a relatively clean look, with two rows of cars with a drive-aisle in between, it's fenced-in, and there's landscaping to blunt the impact of a vacant lot full of vehicles. Perhaps the most surprising thing about the lot is the cost of a space, a well below market price of $140 per spot. Good luck getting [...]
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Philadelphia Courts Moving From Broad & Arch

We've never paid much mind to the building at 1401 Arch St., despite its prominent location. City Hall, the Municipal Services Building (home of L&I), and 1515 Arch St. (home of the ZBA and other City offices), are all very close by, so we've certainly had countless opportunities to think about this building, but we've never taken the time. We should confess, we've visited the McDonald's on the first floor for some ice cream in the [...]
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Demolition on the Horizon Across From Liberty Lands

We had a meeting in Northern Liberties this morning, and after it wrapped up we were scrounging around the neighborhood, thinking about grabbing a bite to eat. Heading up 3rd Street, we were momentarily distracted from our belly rumblings by a fresh looking demolition notice. The industrial building at 952-56 N. 3rd St. is a throwback to the history of the neighborhood, a streetscape that was once dominated by manufacturing. Now, of course, fancy homes filled [...]
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So Much is Happening Around the Jasper & Hagert Intersection

It wasn't that long ago that construction on Amber Street in East Kensington was cause for celebration, a sign that development in Fishtown was spreading to the other side of Frankford Avenue. Today though? Amber Street is so 2011. As we've told you time and again, development has spread throughout this neighborhood, with some of the newest projects almost kissing the El on Kensington Avenue. As such, it's no shock to see projects happening on and [...]
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Ortlieb Square Project Moving Along Nicely But We’re Haunted By Ghosts

As Northern Liberties was home to countless manufacturing interests back in the day, it makes sense that several breweries once populated the neighborhood. Schmidt's was an especially large and famous brewery which continued to operate through the late 1980s. Then it sat vacant for over a decade, until Tower Investments bought the large property and eventually built the Piazza on the site. Ortlieb's has a similar story, dragged out over many additional years. Ortlieb's brewery was located [...]
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V2 Properties Going Bonkers on Myrtlewood Street

The 1400 block of N. Myrtlewood Street has had a pretty tough run in recent years. According to public record, there are 56 properties on the block and as far as we can tell, nearly half of those properties have been sitting vacant for a number of years. Along with the copious vacant land, many of the homes that have managed to survive are blighted, in need of total rehab or demolition and replacement. As [...]
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Craft Hall Will Replace Yards Brewery on Delaware Ave.

Yards Brewery splintered in 2007, with the newly spawned Philadelphia Brewing Company taking over the former Weisbrod & Hess building in East Kensington, and Yards opening a new brewing facility at 901 N. Delaware Ave. after a serious buildout effort. Now here we are, nearly a decade later, and both companies are thriving. PBC beers are all over the city, and they opened a bar next to their brewery earlier this year. And Yards has outgrown their [...]
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Corn Exchange National Bank Hiding Behind a Veil

The Corn Exchange National Bank building has always been one of our favorites, both because of its impressive Neo-Classical architectural design and our desperate desire to open an account at an institution with such an amazing name. Alas, there hasn't been a corn bank in Philadelphia for decades, leaving our dreams unfulfilled. Over the years, the former bank at 3rd & Arch has led an interesting life, as it was used for housing for the Seaman's [...]
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Framing Underway at 25th & Washington!

A few readers have reached out to us over the last few weeks, passing along the news that construction is finally moving forward at Graduate Square. What is Graduate Square? We're glad you asked. The folks at Hightop Real Estate & Development have been working on this project, located at 2501 Washington Ave., for almost two years. They first presented preliminary plans to SOSNA in the winter of 2016, with a concept of a six-story [...]
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We Toured a Strange Queen Village Mansion

Perhaps you recall, we told you a few weeks ago about a mansion at 113 Bainbridge St. that will soon be going up for auction. To satisfy both potential buyers and the hordes of real estate bloggers in this town, Max Spann Auction House held a couple of open house events for people looking to poke around the property. One such open house took place yesterday. The Eagles didn't play 'til 4pm, so we had some time to kill, [...]
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