Transition at Last for a Collection of Buildings on Moyamensing

The southwest corner of the Moyamensing Avenue and Moore Street intersection is home to a rather unusual arrangement of buildings. At some point in the early part of the 20th century, a company called Kamis Engineering occupied a large warehouse that started at the corner and wrapped around a few homes, only to continue a bit farther down the block. More recently, a company called eModa used this building, though we're pretty sure nobody has used it [...]
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Entrepreneurship Hub Would Bring Needed Services to 52nd Street

In the 1950s, 52nd Street was a destination commercial corridor in West Philadelphia, home to multiple movie theaters, jazz clubs, and enough stores that people in the neighborhood rarely needed to travel to Center City to do their shopping. Like many commercial corridors in town, 52nd Street fell on hard times as the years rolled on, experiencing disinvestment and reduced spending power from the neighborhood. By the time the early 2000s rolled along, a lengthy and [...]
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New and Improved Plan For Large Property Next to Sugarhouse, Er, Rivers Casino

About a year and a half ago, we told you that developers were planning a new project at 1121 N. Delaware Ave., a roughly 4-acre site on the Delaware Waterfront. This property, if you can't picture it, sits right between the ongoing but slow moving Views at Penn Treaty project and the artist formerly known as Sugarhouse. We told you to expect a 60-unit townhome development on this parcel, which would have been permitted by right and would [...]
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Kensington Courts Project Changing the Face of Lehigh Avenue

Back in 2017, we brought 2035 E. Lehigh Ave. to your attention, noting that the property was listed for sale for $5M. At that time, Paramount Auto & Truck Sales was utilizing the gigantic 177K sqft parcel, as they had for the previous decades. This use made all kinds of sense for a long time, as the site is located next to active freight rail lines and a few scrap yards operated nearby. But times have changed [...]
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Workforce Housing Underway on Some Scattered Sites in Grays Ferry

A reader reached out this week, wondering about some ongoing construction on the 2600 block of Reed. The construction seemed notable to them for two reasons, first because the new homes featured an unusual window alignment, and second because it appeared as though the homes would only be rising two stories. Both factors are obviously of interest to us, with the latter being especially worth exploring. For the most part, new construction will always rise three [...]
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Work From Home Growth Leading to Pivot at 2301 JFK?

PMC Property Group currently has two residential towers under construction in the Logan Square neighborhood which will combine for 711 units and will also bring a new grocery store to the area. These towers are together known as the Riverwalk project, and when we visited the project a few weeks ago, the southern tower was getting cladding installed while the northern tower hadn't yet risen from its base. While we've been pleased at the progress here, we've felt like something [...]
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Dirt Finally Moving at the Long Planned Cascia Center

Roughly half a dozen years ago, we told you about the demolition of the former Saint Rita's school at the southwest corner of Broad & Ellsworth. As the name suggests, the school was associated with the Saint Rita of Cascia Shrine, the handsome building located just next door, to the south. The demolition took place in anticipation of the construction of the Cascia Center, which was described at the time as "a place of healing, reflection, and assistance [...]
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Major Improvement in Store for 1600 Block of Sansom

While we recognize their necessity, we're none too fond of parking garages. And when those parking garages are located in prime locations and aren't very large, we find them all the more irksome. Take, for example, the parking garage at 1608 Sansom St., a three-level building which takes up maybe half of the frontage on the south side of the block. The circa-1950 building includes some storefronts on its first floor... and that's about the [...]
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Former Firehouse on 16th Street Won’t Get Entirely Demoed

A reader reached out to us the other day, worried sick about a demolition notice they'd spied on an old firehouse in Grad Hospital. Firemen haven't hung their hats at 752 S. 16th St. for a number of years, as the building was converted into a quadplex somewhere along the line, but the facade has maintained its historic appearance, and its original use is pretty obvious to anyone walking past. So we were pretty bummed when we heard about a [...]
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New Proposal and New Developer For 27th & Girard

The history of 2620 W. Girard Ave. is far from obvious, given that it's a sizable vacant lot in the middle of Brewerytown's primary commercial corridor. You'd never realize that it was once a rail depot, later transitioned to a bus terminal, and was eventually home to a supermarket. Since the site has been sitting vacant for almost two decades, most people in the neighborhood probably don't even remember the supermarket, nor do they remember the [...]
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