Apartment Building Planned For Long Vacant Lot at 48th & Chester

Way back in 2013, we told you about some demolition activity on the 4700 block of Chester Ave., where a vacant twin Victorian that somewhat resembled a Swiss chalet was getting torn down. This block is more famously known as the home of the Renaissance Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, a short and long term care facility, which was undergoing improvements at the time as well. The nursing home not only owned the demolition site, but it also owned a large [...]
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Plans Toned Down For eModa Site, But a Project is Coming

Let's look at the odd setup at 1810-20 E. Moyamensing Ave., where an industrial building bears a sign that reads eModa.com. You'll be forgiven if you don't know what that business is or what they do, and to be honest, we don't know ourselves. Attempting the obvious, we visited the website, and were directed to a site offering the domain name for the low low price of $500K. We'll have you know, we wouldn't pay a penny over $300K [...]
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Demolition and Apartments Coming Soon on E. Berks, Near I-95

Heclyn Gear Company operated for a few decades out of the industrial building at 1112 E. Berks St., before closing up shop last year. So sad to hear about yet another victim of the Gear Wars. It's been over 700 years, can't we just have peace?!? How familiar are you with the Gear Wars, exactly? The gear company sold its building to developers last summer, at a $1.85M price point. Needless to say, this acquisition [...]
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Another Addition to Our Favorite Block of N. Front Street

Things continue to boom on Front Street, with new construction and renovation activity changing the face of the long ignored stretch under the El. It still amazes us that developers are giving so much attention to Front Street, given the looming presence of the elevated rail tracks and the rumble of the El passing by every few minutes. But location is key, and the fact remains that Front Street runs between Fishtown and South Kensington, [...]
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Eighteen Units Under Construction Near 40th & Brown

Some new construction caught our eye on the 800 block of N. 40th Street and it serves as both an example of the continuing trek of development northward into Mantua and the inability of the City of Philadelphia to properly manage its inventory of vacant land. Back in 2014, City agencies owned 7 out of the 8 vacant lots on the east side of N. 40th Street just north of Brown Street and surely could have [...]
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The Howard Will Add More Density to South Kensington

If you've been following the trajectory of South Kensington over the last several years, the replacement of an old industrial building with a mixed-use project is perhaps a bit old hat. Nevertheless, it's our job to tell you about new projects as they come along, and here we are with another example of the continuing trend in this neighborhood. So please stop your yawning and take a look if you don't mind at 1805 N. Howard [...]
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Engine 29 Firehouse Renovation Seeking Historic Approval

We told you about 1221 N. 4th St. back in the summer of 2018, noting that the attractive edifice was originally constructed in the 1890s and was used as the Engine House 29 until the opening of the less than picturesque fire station on Girard Avenue in 1979. It's actually a little shocking, given the state of Kensington in the late 1980s and the lack of a predilection for historic preservation at the time, that the [...]
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Checking in on Riverwalk in the Snow

If you've walked through the western section of the Logan Square neighborhood or if you've driven on I-76 through Center City of late, you've surely noticed the Riverwalk project progressing at 23rd & Cherry. This development is being constructed by PMC Property Group and includes a pair of apartment buildings on a site that served as a surface parking lot for decades. While a surface lot is pretty much never the highest and best use for a property, the [...]
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Cumberland Nine Will Replace Demoed Warehouse Near Greensgrow

A few months ago, we brought 2508 E. Cumberland St. to your attention, noting its recent demolition. We shared some of the history of the property at the time, noting that it had been built in the late 1930s as a machine shop, and that it was later used for industrial storage, auto painting, and contractor offices. We also pointed out the way that the neighborhood changed during the lifetime of the building, transitioning from a center of [...]
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McDonald’s is Closed at Broad & Carpenter – What Does This Mean?

The northwest corner of Broad & Carpenter has been home to a McDonald's since the early 1970s, as far as we can tell. Needless to say, much has changed about the general area and Philadelphia as a whole in the last five decades. And yet, this McDonald's location has kept on keeping on until just this week. Kind of an amazing run, if you ask us. McDonald's With McDonald's closing its doors, people are asking the [...]
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