Small Changes and New Renderings for Municipal Complex at 1100 Wharton

It was about thirty years ago, at the end of 2019, when we last provided an update on plans for the Municipal Complex that takes up the oddly shaped city block encompassed by 11th Street, Wharton Street, 12th Street, Reed Street, and Passyunk Avenue. If you're unfamiliar, this block is currently home to a police station at the corner of 11th & Wharton, a parking lot and a municipal office building south of the police [...]
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Finding Foundations at the Former La Finquita

We were making our way through South Kensington the other day and noticed some new foundations that have been in store for a few years. In fact, it was over three years ago that we first told you that 428 W. Master St. would be redeveloped, replacing a community garden called La Finquita which had occupied the site for about three decades. We discussed the controversial transition for the site, noting that the operators of the garden tried to prevent [...]
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Yet Another Apartment Building Will Drop on the 4200 Block of Chestnut

The 4200 block of Chestnut Street always felt to us like a sleepier West Philly block, home to a mix of older three-story apartment buildings, small businesses, office space, and the massive and gorgeous Christ Memorial Reformed Episcopal Church on the western end of the street. But let's get real - the edge of Penn's campus is three blocks away, making the properties on this block some of the most desirable in the city. And in the last half [...]
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Gretz Brewery Finally Ready For Another Round?

Considering its industrial history, South Kensington has numerous white elephants, though the former Gretz Brewery at 1524 Germantown Ave. might be the most obvious. We first wrote about this crumbling collection of industrial buildings back in 2012, sharing some history about the brewery that once occupied the property and wondering about its future. We noted, at the time, that South Kensington was seeing a burst of interest from developers and speculated about the potential for adaptive reuse or [...]
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Former Jeffries Theatre, Masonic Temple Going Residential

At the corner of Conarroe Street and Manayunk Avenue sits a building that obviously has some history to it, even if we can't find any old pictures. This edifice, located at 344 Conarroe St., was originally built in 1928 as the Jeffries Theatre. While it certainly isn't as architecturally impressive as many other theaters built during those years, it was surely an appreciated amenity in the community and we have to think that it got [...]
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Apartments, Not Hotel Rooms, Coming to the 1400 Block of Callowhill

The 1400 block of Callowhill is about to level up, just a few years after undergoing an initial and significant change. For decades, this block was dramatically underdeveloped, home to a mere three buildings and an ocean of surface parking. In 2016, Parkway Corporation and the Hanover Company partnered to build a pair of buildings at the intersection of Broad & Callowhill, bringing a combined 300+ units and some retail in a project called Hanover North Broad. The larger western building [...]
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Paper Factory Lofts Project is Resuscitating a Historic Building on Berks Street

Perhaps you've noticed 173 W. Berks St. at some point over the years and wondered about its history. From the looks of the building, it's clear it was constructed at some point in the 1800s, when Kensington was a manufacturing hub known as the Workshop of the World. There are plenty of leftover factories from that era in this area, though this is surely one of the finer examples you'll see, and even though the [...]
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Wanna Build a Duplex on a Triangular Grays Ferry Avenue Lot?

Do you want to be a real estate developer? Have you got an appetite for vacant land on Grays Ferry Avenue? Do you dream about owning a property that's immediately next door to a meat wholesaler? Buddy, have we got the property for you. Consider, if you will, 2701 Ellsworth St., which seemingly checks all of these boxes. This property is triangular in shape and covers 787 sqft, and has been used for billboards for [...]
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Apartments Coming to Former Love Kingdom Fellowship Church Site

Roughly three years ago, we told you that developers had purchased 1009 S. 3rd St., which had been home to Love Kingdom Fellowship Church for a few years, and before that the Nazareth Baptist Church for a few decades. The building was constructed, we believe, in the early 1980s, and was designed by Harold Wagoner, whose firm designed over 500 churches in the 20th century. We often write about older and more historic churches getting demolished, and this was a rare example [...]
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Demolition Ongoing at 10th & Washington, Addition Seemingly Upcoming

We've covered 943 Washington Ave. a couple times in the past, wondering if and when this underused property might level up. Back in 2013, we discussed the history of the buildings at this site, sharing that they had been constructed by a coal company in the early 20th century before transitioning to an auto shop by the 1950s. As far back as we can remember though, these buildings were used for the sale of mattresses [...]
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