New Construction and a Long Awaited Renovation on the 1100 Block of Christian

The 1100 block of Christian Street is a mostly residential block, featuring a mix of townhomes, duplexes, triplexes, and one of the best auto shops in town at the corner of 11th Street. The block is complete and well established, and most of the homes are original, with only a few newer buildings or altered facades. Nevertheless, there's still a little bit of construction action that we can share here, covering two projects at either [...]
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Consolidation Could be the Key at 16th & Washington

It's been a lengthy saga over the last decade for the 70K+ sqft site that includes most of the city block encompassed by Washington Avenue, Carpenter Street, 16th Street, and Chadwick Street. And today we can share some news that adds another chapter to a tome that will hopefully end with the redevelopment of the property. Way back in the spring of 2013 <gulp>, we told you about a plan for a new mixed-use building at the [...]
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Another Home Planned For Lincoln Drive But it Will Need Historic Approval

Last spring we reported on three houses under construction on the 6600 block of Lincoln Drive, all on the grounds of the Nichols-Goering House. Said mansion is a relatively recent addition to the local historic register, “a representation of Colonial Revival architectural style.” This is a good time to mention that the property's historic designation means that the Historical Commission has jurisdiction over the entire site, not just the building. The historic Nichols-Goering House Back in May [...]
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Horn, High, Yo! Philadelphia’s Second Casino is Open in South Philly

Not too long ago, we retold some of Philadelphia's casino history as we explored the latest proposal for 1401 S. Columbus Blvd., also known as the original site of the unrealized Philadelphia Foxwoods Casino. Please allow us to provide another lesson today. As we said previously, Foxwoods officially fell through in 2010, though the lawsuits continued for years after that. For awhile, it was an open question as to whether the Foxwoods casino license would remain in [...]
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13th & Bainbridge Redevelopment Finally On Tap

If you're relatively new to Philadelphia, and by that we mean if you've been here for less than 20 years, you might not have an appreciation for the history of the Hawthorne neighborhood. So please allow us to fill in some blanks for you. From the 1960s through the late 1990s, Hawthorne was dominated by four residential towers, collectively known as MLK Plaza and operated by the Philadelphia Housing Authority. These towers were built to a [...]
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Apropos of the Date, Downey’s Pub is For Rent and For Sale

Then put your little hand in mine There ain't no hill or mountain we can't climb Babe I've got you babe Ok campers, rise and shine. And don't forget your booties, 'cause it's cold out there today. It's cold out there every day, what is this, Miami Beach? Not hardly. And you can expect hazardous travel today, with that blizzard thing. A little too on the nose, woodchuck chuckers? Maybe. Nevertheless, in honor of today's [...]
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Will an Apartment Building on E. York Get Community Support?

The little square block that's surrounded by E. York, Gaul, E. Gordon, and Belgrade Streets, has experienced some dramatic changes over the last handful of years. Turn the clock back about a decade, and Mercy Meats was actively engaged in the meatpacking business at the corner of York & Gaul and a plumbing and heating business operated out of a large industrial building that ran along Gordon Street. Mercy Meats moved away and their building was mostly [...]
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Renovation and New Construction For Historic Clifton Mills on Berks

There's an awesome building at 1813-55 N. Howard St. which is currently undergoing some renovation work, and there's some additional development coming soon as well. First, allow us to share some history. The building, or rather, the collection of buildings, dates back to the late 1800's and was originally known as Chatham Mills and later Clifton Mills. Like many other factories in this part of South Kensington, these companies were engaged in the milling and manufacturing of [...]
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We Visited the Recently Opened South Philly Food Co-op

After a decade of planning and development, the South Philly Food Co-op officially opened for business last month. You may recall, we first reported on this project back in 2016, when leaders of the organization had just settled on their storefront location. We checked in again in 2017, anticipating an opening the following year, but clearly things took a little longer than expected. Despite the extended timeline, the opening of the new store represents the final [...]
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Three Homes Replacing Indoor Skate Park on the Point Breeze Border

If you're a member of the Philly skateboarding community, you probably visited 1702-08 Alter St. at some point in the last dozen years. From 2007 through the end of 2018, this building was commonly known simply as Alter Street and was home to a huge indoor skate park, also hosting fundraisers, concerts, and art shows during its run. Certainly, when Alter Street opened, the use made perfect sense for this old industrial building, looking out at [...]
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