New Mixed Use on Point Breeze Avenue, With Additional Construction Next Door

Coming down Point Breeze Avenue, there's a new building at 2151-53 Cross St. that's visible from about a block away. Though the address of this property, for a long time a vacant lot, is on Cross Street, the majority of its frontage is on Point Breeze Avenue. So the property sits on a commercial corridor, but it's zoned CMX-1, which is a zoning designation where retail requires a variance if it's next door to residential properties. That [...]
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Three Different Projects on One Block of Bainbridge

The 1900 block of Bainbridge Street is one of our favorites in the Graduate Hospital neighborhood, mostly because the trees on the northern side of the block blossom in spectacular fashion for one week per year in the springtime. Some of the homes on the block are also pretty great, and wouldn't stick out on Pine or Spruce Street in Center City. But since this is south of South Street, none of the homes on [...]
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Milk Depot Progressing on a Changing Block of Marston Street

We first visited the 1300 block of N. Marston Street back in 2015, noting that developers had purchased 1327-33 N. Marston St., a long vacant industrial building. We told you that the developers were working to stabilize the building, a former milk depot, and predicted that redevelopment was probably in store for the property. We expected an addition and a partial reuse, hoping that the building's industrial history would remain apparent with any project. In the [...]
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Aldi is Getting Close Next to Divine Lorraine

The renovation of the Divine Lorraine was always going to be the key to unlocking the potential of North Broad Street. For years, the blighted beauty at Broad & Fairmount offered a window into the glorious history of this corridor and provided an example of architect Willis G. Hale at the height of his powers. Unfortunately, years of vacancy and a couple aborted renovation efforts had left the building in a precarious position, a tantalizing architectural gem with [...]
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New Lab at 32nd & Walnut Could Solve the Climate Crisis

As you walk east on Walnut Street from the corner of 33rd Street, the grade of the street pitches upward, starting the climb that allows the street to make its crossing over the Schuylkill River as the ground itself slopes downward toward the water. By the time you get to 32nd Street, Walnut is already about ten feet higher than the cross street, roughly the height of a single story of a building. Given that you [...]
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Will Market House Appear Soon on Washington Avenue?

Historically, the triangular parcel formed by 8th Street, Passyunk Avenue, and Washington Avenue was the site of maybe a dozen homes or small apartment buildings which we believe were torn down in the 1960s. A service station opened here by the 1980s, and by the 1990s, Captain Jesse Crab Company was hawking live seafood and fresh produce at the corner of 8th & Washington. After years on and off the market, the business closed up [...]
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Six New Homes Would Change the 2100 Block of Ellsworth

If you've spent much time in Point Breeze, you've surely noticed the atypical homes on the 2100 blocks of Alter, Ellsworth, Annin, and Federal Streets. As we told you way back in 2011, roughly two-dozen homes were constructed as for-sale affordable housing on these blocks in the early 1980s, eschewing traditional row home architecture. These homes are all two-story twins with driveway parking, gabled roofs, and a healthy dose of vinyl siding. They also happen to [...]
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Rendering For the Upcoming Building at Broad & Bainbridge

It was almost exactly a year ago (though it feels like at least a decade ago) that we brought 701 S. Broad St. to your attention. Back then, we told you that the property had been home to a KFC which closed in 2005 and was unused since then except as a parking lot. The old building remained though, and was covered in some terrific public art at some point in the last few years. [...]
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Robert Purvis House is Finally For Sale, But Who Will Buy It?

A reader reached out recently and gave us the heads up that 1601 Mount Vernon St. is listed for sale. This is exciting news, as the building has quite a bit of history, with some of it dating back over a century and a half, and the rest relating to its slow decline in recent decades. Looking far back into the past, the building was constructed in 1859 and was once home to Robert Purvis, a man that helped [...]
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Massive Project Replacing Fairmount Manor on the Edge of Northern Liberties?

Fairmount Manor is a garden style apartment complex that covers most of the city block bounded by Fairmount Avenue, Green Street, 6th Street, and 7th Street. The apartments were constructed in the early 1970s as privately owned low income rental units, replacing traditional Philly row homes, and were subject to a lawsuit from the neighbors because they not allowed to participate in the planning process for the project. The lawsuit was ultimately successful, but by the [...]
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