Playground Gone on Powelton Ave., Apartment Building Has Risen

Non-profit West Powelton Community Council took possession of the lots at 4055 and 4057 Powelton Ave. in the late 1990s, after the properties were owned for several years by City agencies. The community group quickly cleaned up the lots and built a playground on the site, offering a wonderful amenity for a neighborhood that had plenty of open lots but no play areas nearby. We can't begin to guess how many kids played here over [...]
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What’s With the Vacant and Blighted Deco Building on North Broad Near Temple?

There's a vacant and blighted building located at 1512-16 N. Broad St. that a couple readers have asked about of late, and with good cause, as it sticks out like a sore thumb. This building is not only a partially demoed shell right on the edge of Temple's campus, but it also has a very unique facade, with wonderful Deco details. This facade led us to believe that the building was constructed in the late [...]
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Aramingo Avenue Project Does What it Can With a Hidden Site

2750R Aramingo Ave. is a huge vacant lot that sits adjacent to the freight lines that separate Olde Richmond/East Kensington from Port Richmond. It's not an accident that it's sitting vacant though- it's served as a buffer between the rail lines and the neighborhood for years, with mature trees mostly blocking the views and barely blocking the sound of the trains. Conrail, perhaps seeking a windfall or alternately trying to avoid owning superfluous real estate [...]
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Eastern Lofts is Getting a New Neighbor on Glenwood Avenue

Developers and builders love right angles for obvious reasons. And the proof is in the pudding, as just about every building you encounter in this town or any other is rectangular in shape. But the lots upon which buildings get built don't always cooperate with a laser level, sometimes due to non-perpendicular streets and alternatively due to non-perpendicular lot lines. Unfortunately for the property at 3029 W. Glenwood Ave., it suffers from both afflictions, fronting [...]
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Two Apartment Buildings Will Soon Rise on Richmond Street

3045 Richmond St. is a bit of an odd property which we would argue has been underused for a very long time. It's positioned on the Richmond Street commercial corridor, right next door to a building that was once a movie theater and has more recently been used as a book shop. And there are plenty of mixed-use buildings in either direction, or simply buildings that are apartment buildings of various sizes. For whatever reason [...]
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We’ve Got Renderings For Fairmount Manor’s Proposed Replacement

Not even a month ago, we broke the news that developers had purchased Fairmount Manor with an eye toward redevelopment. Fairmount Manor, in case you're not familiar, is a low-rise affordable housing development that covers all but a small section of the city block bounded by Fairmount Avenue, Green Street, 6th Street, and 7th Street. Like we told you before, this development has an interesting history, having been constructed in the early 1970s, against the [...]
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Give the City Your Two Cents on How to Improve Spring Garden Street

Like any major city, Philadelphia has a mix of street sizes, ranging from narrow alleyways to major arteries to federal highways. Today, we are going to focus on one particular arterial road, Spring Garden Street. This four-lane street suffers from a familiar malady that we've seen with similar streets, like Washington Avenue or even Broad Street. Sure, its width allows it to accommodate more traffic than narrower roads and it usually offers a quick route across town [...]
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At Last, Big Changes Coming to 13th & Washington

December is going to be a huge month for Civic Design Review, as numerous developers rush to get building permits before the scheduled change to the 10-year tax abatement at the end of the year. Perhaps this race to the finish line will be for naught, with the continued possibility of a delay to changes to the abatement, but it's better safe than sorry for these large projects coming down the pike. Millions of dollars are at stake [...]
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Rose Garden 2.0 is a Positive Step for a Small Patch of Frankford Avenue

The 1400 block of Frankford Avenue has experienced staggering changes over the last decade, with highlights including the arrival of two large mixed-use buildings and the conversion of an old industrial building into the largest City Fitness location in the city. The City Fitness building was previously home to the Chalmur Bag Co., which is now fulfilling all your polyethylene, cellophane, and polypropylene needs in a new space in North Philly. Next door, a three-story building with nine [...]
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Multi-Unit Buildings at Various Stages on Baring Street and Lancaster Avenue

Over the last decade or so, we've seen an explosion of development in West Powelton, with the intersection of 40th & Baring serving as an epicenter of sorts. Projects in this area generally target the student population and have ranged from single family homes to duplexes, triplexes, quadplexes, to buildings with dozens of units. Many of these projects have sprouted on previously vacant lots, but we've also seen a number that have entailed the demolition [...]
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