We Got Renderings of El Magnet, Which Loosely Translates to El Magnet

A couple months ago, we brought 1141 N. Front St. to your attention. Construction had recently gotten started at this long vacant lot on the Fishtown/Northern Liberties border, and we shared the details that a 6-story mixed-use building with 43 apartments, 13 parking spaces, and roughly 1,800 sqft of retail space was in the works. We were naturally stoked about the project, not only because of the elimination of yet another vacant lot, but also because it offered [...]
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Contemporary Apartment Building Will Land Near 7th & Girard

Around 2008, the four story building at 629 W. Girard Ave. was demolished. Well, that's not entirely true- it was only mostly demoed, if we're striving for accuracy. The upper floors of this long vacant structure certainly went away, but some elements of the first floor of the building remained for some reason. Behind what little was left of the building was an overgrown vacant lot, crying out for redevelopment. Back in 2007 Looked like this for [...]
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Demolition at 17th & Federal Means What?

The northwest corner of 17th & Federal has looked pretty rough for as long as we can remember. Since developers bought it in 2015, the building at 1701 Federal St. has been sitting vacant and blighted, with its ground floor retail space unoccupied and plywood in its 2nd floor windows. The building didn't look so hot even before developers stepped in, with a windowless corner store occupying the commercial space, and some faded signage advertising cold cuts [...]
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Huge Project Under Construction at Lehigh & Kensington?

A few readers have reached out recently, wondering about some significant construction activity ongoing at 339 E. Lehigh Ave., which is where Lehigh hits Kensington Avenue and the El. Incidentally, this intersection is also the beginning of a stretch of submerged Conrail tracks which were used as an encampment for drug users for years until a 2017 City cleanup effort. In recent years, the property at 339 E. Lehigh Ave. was a U-Haul location, offering truck [...]
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Large and Small Projects Progressing Near 8th & Poplar

We were heading from one side of town to the other recently, and some ongoing construction on 8th Street just south of Girard caught our eye. Walking down the 900 block of N. 8th St. we felt a vague sense of recollection of having written a story about the block in the past, but couldn't quite put a finger on it. Thinking some more, we realized that we wrote about this block almost two years [...]
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End of the Line at Last for the Galvo?

Whether you've lived in Olde Richmond for 50 days or 50 years, you're surely aware of the old industrial building at 2501 E. Hagert St., and you've probably given its future quite a bit of thought. This building, commonly known as the Galvo, was home to the Cattie Galvanizing Company for many decades. As the name suggests, this company was in the galvanization business, which entails dipping steel or iron into molten zinc baths to [...]
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Duplexes Coming to York Street Corner, Look For More Construction Here Soon

The corner where E. York Street hits Jasper Street has been vacant for decades. Until quite recently though, this felt quite natural, as the surrounding blocks were chock full of vacant lots, some of them measuring well over an acre in size. Slowly but surely though, development from Fishtown has tracked its was through East Kensington, moving from Amber to Coral to Emerald, and finally to Jasper Street, the last block before Kensington Avenue. We've seen [...]
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More Apartments Under Construction on 2600 Blocks of Federal and Annin

The 2600 block of Federal Street has undergone some rather unbelievable changes over the last few years. As recently as 2017, the properties just off the northwest corner of 26th & Federal, next door to the Progressive Worship Center, were sitting vacant and overgrown. You may recall two summers back, we told you that a couple apartment buildings were in the works here, and now a six unit building and a four unit building are both completed and occupied. Like [...]
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Peering at the Scant Remains of the Former Girard Theatre

The Girard Theatre was located at 625 W. Girard Ave., opening to the public way back in the 1890s, and operating as a performance venue and later a cinema through the 1960s. The building was eventually converted into a supermarket and all of the facade details that suggested that the place was once a theater disappeared as the years went on. A couple of things still indicated the building's past, with the back of the building on Marshall Street [...]
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Chocolate Factory Project is Coming Into Focus at Last

Frankford Candy is the largest marketer of licensed confections and gifts in the country and if you've ever eaten a chocolate bunny around Easter, it was probably made and/or distributed out of their sizable facility in the Northeast. Before moving there in the early 2000s, Frankford Candy was located much closer to downtown, in a sizable industrial building at 2101 Washington Ave., which people in the neighborhood still refer to as the "Chocolate Factory" property. This building, which [...]
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