Orens Brothers Trying Again For a Chestnut Street Apartment Building

We've covered several Orens Brothers projects over the years, like their successful redevelopment of Croydon Hall at 49th & Locust. Shortly after they wrapped that project, we told you about another significant project from this developer on the 4400 blocks of Chestnut and Ludlow Streets. The plans called for roughly 150 units over two buildings, with one structure running from Chestnut to Ludlow and another building on the north side of Ludlow Street, potentially with [...]
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The Point on Federal Would Be Something Altogether Different For Grays Ferry

Once you get past Washington Ave., Grays Ferry Avenue serves a few purposes, like access to Southwest Philly, the location for the neighborhood supermarket, and the site of the "central" post office in 19146. Otherwise, it's nothing to write home about, with fast moving cars and various industrial businesses making the streetscape generally unfriendly for all. It's somewhat analogous to the situation, historically, on Washington Avenue, but we believe that things will continue to change on Washington as [...]
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Another Center City Wawa In Store for 13th & Chestnut

Looking back on our childhood, we hated going to I. Goldberg. A trip to Goldberg's meant it was time for a new jacket or a new backpack or a tent for a family camping trip, and shopping in general was no fun back then. Years later, we remember meandering through the aisles at I. Goldberg, admiring military jackets we weren't cool enough to wear and wondering why anybody would purchase an old gas mask or a [...]
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Mixed-Use Building is Cooking at 2333 Fairmount Avenue

A couple years back, we showed you some demolition activity on the north side of the 2300 block of Fairmount, and told you about plans for a new mixed-use building from Loonstyn Properties. In case you've forgotten, the project called for three retail spaces on the first floor, 33 units on the upper floors, and 21 basement parking spots. And it made sense to us, with the combination of a large Fairmount Avenue parcel and a [...]
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76ers Will Trust the Process at 30th & Market

The 76ers have played their home games at the Wells Fargo Center since 1996, having spent the previous twenty-nine seasons at the Spectrum. Well, that's not exactly accurate. In point of fact, the arena was known as the CoreStates Center when it first opened, then got the First Union Center moniker (loved this one), transitioned to Wachovia Center for a bit, and has been called Wells Fargo Center since 2010. As sports arenas go, it's... fine. It's a palace compared to [...]
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Former Church Will Be One of the Most Unique Homes in Graduate Hospital

It was a little more than two years ago that we shared the news that the First Colored Wesley Methodist Church at 17th & Fitzwater was listed for sale for $3M. The congregation has an incredibly rich history which dates back roughly 200 years, and has spanned half a dozen locations. Their most recent location, the building at 1640 Fitzwater St., also has some history to it, having been constructed shortly before the Civil War and housing several churches before FC Wesley [...]
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2110 Walnut Condo Building Will Meld Old and New

The 2100 block of Walnut Street is one of the most desirable in town, and yet for years 2110 Walnut St. was sitting vacant, used as a surface parking lot. This represented a great development opportunity, though nobody ever took advantage for whatever reason. Roughly two years ago though, developers were looking to move forward with a plan to build a nine story building at this address, a project that also called for the full [...]
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A Phormer PhedEx Phacility is Phinally Back in Use, as Phield House

We've checked in on the huge property at 814 Spring Garden St. a couple times over the years, each time predicting redevelopment for this building, which was a Fedex terminal for a long time. Back in 2012, we told you about a plan to build a three story addition to the existing building, with 66 apartments on the upper floors and flea market space downstairs. Those plans evolved by 2015, when we told you about a new concept [...]
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Alpha Center Should Make a Huge Difference Near Temple’s Campus

As Temple University has sprawled in all directions over the last number of years, Diamond Street has held as a northern campus border, for the most part. And just to be clear, we know that a whole bunch of students live north of Diamond, and we're also aware that a few significant buildings associated with the university are on the blocks beyond Diamond Street. But once you cross Diamond Street, at least off of Broad, the [...]
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Pod Hotel Will Bring Tiny Rooms to Center City

The 12K+ sqft property at 29-31 N. 19th St. has a funny shape, strongly resembling a thumbs up. The thumb, in this case, is a small amount of frontage on 19th Street, while the fist is a larger space on Ludlow Street. Until roughly six years ago, there was a small building on 19th Street that was the storefront for a Hertz car rental business, and there was a small parking garage on Ludlow Street, used for [...]
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