Sykes Bros. Carpet Mill Finally Going Residential?

A reader recently reached out to us, having spied a zoning notice posted on an old industrial building on the Norris Square / Fairhill border. Curious, we made the hike up to 178 W. Huntingdon St. to see what all the fuss was about. We found very little fuss at present, but assuming that the owners of the property receive the variance they're seeking, there will be soon be some fuss indeed. First, let's take [...]
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Atrium Design Has Another 3rd Street Apartment Building in the Works

3rd Street in Northern Liberties has seen an explosion in development over the last several years, with maybe two fistfulls of significant projects appearing between Green Street and Girard Avenue in recent memory. One could credibly make the argument that the 800 block of N. 3rd St. is the epicenter of 3rd Street development in this neighborhood, with half a dozen different projects on the block. And don't look now, but yet another property is set to join the fray. [...]
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South Broad Street Garage Picking Up Some New Stories

We always wondered about the parking garage at 725 S. Broad St. because of a curious sign posted to its front. The sign read 'Peace Mission Democratic Cooperative Garage,' basically begging for some additional context. For example, what makes a garage democratic and cooperative? Had we bothered to perform a simple Google search at some point, we'd have at least gotten answers to some of our questions- alas we never did until now. In the past [...]
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Senior Housing Tower Will Replace Garage at 12th & Sansom

Center City is set to lose another low rise parking garage, and this time it's the unexciting two-story structure at 123 S. 12th St. that's on the outs. This isn't the first time we're bringing this building to your attention though - remember about two and a half years ago, we told you that Brickstone Companies had purchased this property and were considering their options to add to their portfolio of Market East projects. At that [...]
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30 Units Coming Soon Near 41st & Haverford

We were traveling around West Philadelphia the other day and stumbled upon a property that felt as if it had looked quite different not so long ago. Looking at the Google Maps Time Machine, we confirmed our suspicion that indeed, 525 N. 41st St. has changed considerably of late. For decades, there was a large warehouse building on this site, labeled as "laundry" on historic maps. More recently, we imagine it was associated with a nearby church, with the [...]
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Batter + Crumbs Brightens Up a Corner With Untapped Potential

Philadelphia's newest vegan cafe/bakery opened recently in a building that had previously sat empty and blighted for a number of years. Perhaps you remember, we told you about a year and a half ago that Batter & Crumbs Cafe would be opening at 1401 Reed St., marking the end of a lengthy and successful renovation to this property. Needless to say, there was considerable work to be done on the exterior of the building. And [...]
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Another Student Housing High Rise Coming Soon on North Broad?

There's been a church at the southeast corner of Broad & Jefferson since shortly before the Civil War, with the Incarnation Protestant Episcopal Church making its home here for about a century. We don't know what that church looked like, as it was torn down in the 1960s and replaced by a new edifice, the current home of the Mount Olive Holy Temple. As churches go, this is not one of the finer structures you'll find, though [...]
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A Vacation Rental Company You’ve Never Heard Of is Driving Some Major Projects Downtown

We never really want to leave the comforts of Philadelphia, but still find ourselves going on the occasional vacation. And when planning a trip, a major decision point is whether a hotel or an Airbnb is the right choice in terms of accommodations. This decision-making process has become so second nature, one can easily forget that Airbnb wasn't even a thing until about a decade ago. For anyone who hasn't stayed in one before, Airbnb is generally awesome. Getting [...]
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Komplete Welding Moves to the ‘Burbs and Its Former Home is Going Residential

We've always appreciated the architecture of two yellow buildings at the corner of 19th & Harper, even though they've been showing their age for quite some time. That condition is probably due to the fact that metalworker Komplete Welding occupied the two buildings for a number of years, and let's agree that metal fabrication is going to have more of an impact on a building than a residential use. The relatively poor condition of the building [...]
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Plans Change Significantly For Large East Kensington Lots, But Should Actually Move Forward Soon

East Kensington has flourished over the last several years, mostly because it's directly adjacent to Fishtown, and its lighter home prices have attracted buyers that want to live in this part of town on a lower budget. After years of disinvestment thanks to the departure of industry, there was a considerable amount of vacant land in East Kensington, and developers have bought up most of it and built hundreds of new homes. Also due to the [...]
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