Small Pocket of East Kensington Turning the Corner From Blight to Development

From the late 1800s through the early decades of the 20th century, the triangular parcel bounded by Front Street, Jasper Street, and York Street was home to several buildings associated with the Bromley Carpet Factory. This made sense, since this part of town was then known as the Workshop of the World and was home to countless factories, producing all kinds of consumer and industrial goods. As Kensington has transitioned away from being an industrial hub, old [...]
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Bryant Coal Building at 10th & Washington Will Grow By a Few Stories

It was way back in 2013 that we wondered about 943 Washington Ave., a clearly reused industrial property that was home to a discount furniture store. We did a little digging and learned that the property had been used by coal interests since the late 1800s, eventually owned by the William Bryant Coal Company and used in concert with a large coal yard across the street. As downtown coal became less of a thing into the middle of the [...]
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Plans Coming Into Focus For Redevelopment of Municipal Complex at 1100 Wharton

The sizable property at 1100 Wharton St. has been used for municipal purposes for well over a hundred years. This surely made sense when the Moyamensing Prison was in operation across the street. But in the decades since then, as Passyunk Square has thrived as a residential and commercial community, it has become increasingly clear that the property could be improved considerably with careful planning and redevelopment. Currently, the property features a police station at the corner of [...]
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Unexpected Reuse, Plus Significant New Construction at 2nd & Oxford

175 W. Oxford St. is a large parcel bordered by 2nd Street, Hancock Street, Turner Street, and Oxford Street which covers just shy of 60K sqft. The property is less defined by what's there- a 2 story building that was originally built for industrial use- as it is defined by the fact that 80% of the property is vacant land. As is the case with many large and largely vacant properties in this part of town, this parcel [...]
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Former Southwark House Will Be Demoed, Five Homes Coming

A little over two years ago, we called your attention to 101-109 Ellsworth St., noting that the collection of buildings was listed for sale for $1.2M. This property was known as Southwark House for over a hundred years, offering social services to the community. Southwark House merged into United Communities of Southeast Philadelphia somewhere along the line, but has continued to assist the needy with a variety of services. We didn't know whether Southwark House was closing or moving or what, but [...]
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A Couple Projects and Some Opportunities on the 2800 Block of Cecil B Moore

Turn back the clock a decade, and the 2800 block of Cecil B. Moore Ave. was in pretty rough shape. After many years of disinvestment, it was littered with blighted buildings and vacant lots, and it didn't seem likely that anything would be changing any time soon. 2800 block in 2009 Then Brewerytown happened. Over the last several years, we've seen maybe a couple thousand new units appear in this neighborhood, with small, medium, and large projects [...]
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Toll Bros. Will Transform Broad & Noble Corner

When we think of Toll Bros., we think of condos. Projects from this developer in Philadelphia have included Naval Square, Stamper Square, 2400 South, and a now under construction tower on Jewelers' Row. But Toll Bros. is a huge company and also has a rental arm, and that business is finally dipping a toe in the Philadelphia market. This effort will take place at the corner of Broad & Noble, on a property that's currently used as a [...]
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Apartment Building Sprouting on Front Street Near Carvana

If you find yourself on Front Street just south of Girard, you'll probably notice a large sign telling you that you're across the street from the Notorious Galdo Parcel. This property, located at 1101 N. Front St., has technically been owned by the City of Philadelphia since 1974. John Galdo bought a home across the street in 1989 and soon after started making improvements to the lot, including paving a portion of it and building [...]
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Little South Philly Surface Lot Should Disappear in Favor of Homes

It's not entirely clear to us exactly how a small surface parking lot came to exist spanning the 700 blocks of Latona and Manton Street. Lookin at historic maps, we can see that there were homes here at one point, but the properties have been vacant since at least the 1940s. At some time over the last several decades, a parking lot appeared at 725 Latona St., with access from Manton and space for roughly a dozen [...]
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Seventeen Units Progressing on Noble Street With Not So Steamy Views

We stumbled onto a row of new construction recently at the intersection of 9th & Noble and had a funny feeling we'd written about the project before. As is usually the case when we have these feelings, we have indeed covered this project before, back in 2016, when the property was an overgrown, fenced-in vacant lot. Back then, we told you that developers were planning six triplexes and a duplex for a total of 17 [...]
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