Three Homes Under Construction Near Coral & Firth

It took us three tries to correctly type Coral & Firth and not Colin & Firth in the title of this post, and even now, looking at Coral & Firth, it just looks wrong. We're going to try to get this right throughout, but if we have a slip up, we hope you're in a forgiving mood. We're excited for this movie With that out of the way, let's look at a couple of construction [...]
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Germantown Avenue Apartment Project Gets Zoning Approval

Germantown Avenue in South Kensington has experienced tremendous change over the last several years, with the 1400 block seeing the bulk of the construction activity. And as we've told you previously, there's still more to come for that block, with the most notable projects being an adaptive reuse that will add 50 units to the block, and a new construction project that will include 120 new units. With new apartments apparently en vogue on Germantown [...]
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Not River City, Not River Walk, But Something Big is Coming to 23rd & Cherry

The huge surface parking lot at 23rd & Cherry has always struck us as a little odd, considering its prime location on the western side of the Logan Square neighborhood, with easy access to the Schuylkill River Trail. The site has been subject to a few development proposals over the years, the most ambitious of which was the River City project, which would have meant ten new towers, 3,700 apartments, two hotels, and an office building spread over [...]
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Lokal Hotel #2 Coming Soon in Fishtown

If we may generalize, many people find comfort in familiar brands. It's reassuring to get the same Starbucks iced coffee in Philadelphia and Los Angeles (you know, if Starbucks is your thing). If you still do your banking in person, it's convenient that you can walk into a Wells Fargo or a PNC Bank in most major US cities. When picking a hotel, you pretty much know what you're going to get if you book a room in a [...]
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At Last, Real Progress at Former Salvation Army Building

It's pretty rare that we find ourselves covering development in Society Hill, mostly because there's hardly any real estate to develop in the neighborhood. There are, though, some notable exceptions, one of which we've been eyeing since 2011. Back then, we told you that 212-218 S. 3rd St. was listed for sale for $5M and we wondered if and when a developer would step in to purchase the property. In retrospect (and this happens all the time [...]
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New Condos Coming Near Mighty Mick’s

Allow us to present to you our latest installment of our long running series, Development Near the El. On our last episode, we covered a collection of triplexes under construction on the 1900 block of E. Dauphin St., and before that we told you about new construction on Huntingdon Street, right next door to the El station. You might think that proximity to the El would dampen development enthusiasm, but with demand at an all-time [...]
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Hotel Coming to Spring Garden Street?

A reader tipped us off recently that the low slung building at 2225 Spring Garden St. will soon meet its maker, or at the very least, the wrecking ball. Because the building is located within the Spring Garden Historic District, any demolition plan will need to come before the Historical Commission. Since the building was constructed in 1958 and doesn't (at least as far as we're concerned) contribute to the historic neighborhood in any meaningful [...]
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Pair of Buildings For Sale at 29th & Master

We were killing time in Brewerytown the other day, randomly looking for anything of interest while awaiting a Rybrew lunch meeting. On 29th Street, we discovered a double-wide property with a 'For Sale' sign, and snapped a couple of photos with the plan of investigating later. Later has come, and now we can tell you a little something about this property, which sits at the northeast corner of 29th & Master. View at the corner Home [...]
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Six Units For Unusual Hicks Street Property?

Because Philadelphia has been around for so long, there are countless real estate quirks that have survived over the years as the city has evolved. We've covered some of them in the past, like the recessed home on the 2100 block of Fitzwater, or Harkens Place in Bella Vista. One oddity that we see play out pretty often is the 'rear property' phenomenon. What we mean by this is that some addresses occur twice in this [...]
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Prepare Yourself For Two Big Projects on the East Side of Pennsport

The new Target locations in town certainly make life easier, but every now and then we need to make a run to the big Target in South Philly. It was on our way back from such a run that we spied some relatively recently cleared real estate on Front Street, so we figured it was time to provide an update on a property we've covered a couple times before. A reminder, 1422 S. Front St. [...]
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