Renovated Home on Bainbridge Lacks a Front Door

The 2100 block of Bainbridge is a little unusual, for two different reasons. First, almost all the homes on the north side of the block have little front yards, a condition that we also see on the the south side of the 2200 block. We have no idea how or why this happened, but we've always been into these yards, as they create a little bit of extra architectural interest while also providing the residents [...]
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Changes Afoot For 2500 Block of W. Oxford

A little less than a year ago, we visited the 2500 block of W. Oxford St. and discovered a block on the edge of Brewerytown that was full of potential. If we're being less nice, we could alternately say the block looked like crap. The north side of the block was dominated by a large vacant lot. The south side had a few occupied homes and old industrial buildings, but also featured a row of half [...]
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Twenty Five Homes Next to the 25th Street Viaduct?

We were perusing the zoning calendar the other day and were suddenly reminded of a project we'd heard about half a year ago, next to the 25th Street Viaduct. The project in question is planned for 1500 S. 25th St., a roughly 30K sqft parcel that runs for the 400 feet between Dickinson and Tasker Streets. According to the zoning application, the owners are looking to build a building with twenty-five units with parking on this parcel, [...]
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Mixed Use Building Coming to Rough Stretch of Front Street?

South Kensington has experienced a major wave of development over the last half dozen years or so. The same could be said for Fishtown and East Kensington. As these neighborhoods have experienced a development surge, we've seen Front Street, the corridor that sits between these neighborhoods, undergo a serious transformation as well. Just a handful of years ago, we would have told you that Front Street could only hope for fringy development, perhaps the occasional [...]
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Indoor Weed Farm Coming to 19th & Washington?

We've been incredibly vocal about our hopes and dreams for the western side of Washington Avenue over the years. The corridor has historically been industrial, and building supply companies have operated as the overwhelming majority of businesses on the corridor for the last few decades. But when you consider the location of Washington Avenue, with the Graduate Hospital neighborhood and eventually Center City to the north and Point Breeze to the south, an industrial or even a purely [...]
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Micro School For Micro Humans Coming to 6th & Christian

It's been a complicated decade for the triangular property at 601 Christian St., as it's transitioned from gas station to vacant lot to public green space to vacant lot to construction site. We've covered the saga of this property on several occasions, and for a detailed summary that goes through last summer, you can click here. To make a long story short though, after extensive negotiations with the community and some legal fees, the owners [...]
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Large Apartment Building Coming to the 5000 Block of Springfield?

We were rather surprised, last month, when we learned about a plan for twelve units on 51st Street in Southwest Philadelphia, south of the Media/Elwyn tracks. At the time, we noted that it might be a tough sell to get students to live in a building in this location, as nobody really gets too excited about living "on the other side of the tracks." At this time, it remains to be seen whether any students (or [...]
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New Homes Looking Likely on the 3600 Block of Sears

Every six months or so, we direct your attention to the Forgotten Bottom neighborhood, optimistic that it will soon experience a development boom. So far though, it's been a pretty measured pace for development in this little neighborhood west of 34th Street and south of Grays Ferry Avenue. We still think the neighborhood has serious room to grow, as it's got several strong selling points. It's got a section of the Schuylkill River Trail on its [...]
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Courts Reverse the ZBA at 9th & Poplar

Last fall, we were excited to learn about a plan to renovate the long vacant and blighted Quaker building at 9th & Poplar into a sparkly mixed-use project. We first brought this building to your attention back in 2015, at which point we were hopeful that it would soon come back into active use. It may have taken a few years and some legal maneuvering, but it seems that's finally what's in store for this excellent [...]
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Apartment Building, Not Triplexes, Planned For Vacant Lot on Amber

It was a little over a year ago that we told you about plans for seven triplexes for a large vacant lot on Amber Street, near its intersection with Frankford Avenue. Even though a ZBA hearing was apparent on the calendar at the time, a commenter indicated that the project wouldn't be moving forward and we could expect a new plan for the property in the near future. It perhaps took a little longer than [...]
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