PHA Building Sells Near 16th & Fairmount

The Philadelphia Housing Authority is perhaps best known for its sizable developments that cover several consecutive city blocks (often with unfortunate suburban-style architecture), but PHA also owns a ton of scattered site properties which are supposed to blend in with their surroundings. Not surprisingly, these units are much more difficult to manage than the concentrated PHA properties, and they tend to experience more wear and tear and have traditionally been much more likely to sit vacant and [...]
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Shopping Center Coming Soon on Ridge, Next to PHA HQ

If you've traveled up Ridge Avenue through Sharswood any time recently, you might have noticed that the Philadelphia Housing Authority has completed their new headquarters, covering the bulk of the triangular block surrounded by Ridge Avenue, 20th Street, and Jefferson Street. While this building isn't exactly an example of peak urbanism, it's still a step up for this property, which was sitting vacant for a very long time. Speaking of vacant land, there's still no shortage in [...]
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Pennsylvania Ballet Planning New Building on North Broad

Journey with us, if you will, to the Naked Philly vaults, and revisit a story from eight years ago, about the Pennsylvania Ballet moving from their home in East Falls to a new location on North Broad Street. The dance company, which also has an associated school, purchased a pair of buildings at 321-323 N. Broad St. and demolished the structure at 321 N. Broad St. during the summer of 2012, ultimately reusing a one-story section of [...]
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New Mural Appears on Renovated Affordable High Rise at 40th & Market

Standing tall on the 3900 block of Market Street, the University Square Apartments building has recently undergone a massive makeover to prepare it for the (third decade of the) 21st Century. Much taller than its neighbors at 19 Stories, this tower has been the largest privately-owned affordable housing development in the city since it opened in 1978. The building The origins of this building go all the way back to the infamous plans made by the City [...]
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Renovation and Demolition Near 41st & Brown

It's no exaggeration to say that the boundaries of student housing development have exploded outward in the last decade in West Philadelphia, pushing farther north, south, and west than we ever could have predicted. In terms of northern projects, we've seen development all over Haverford Avenue, with the occasional proposal pushing to Mount Vernon Street. If Mount Vernon seems like it's a little far away from Penn and Drexel, how about the corner of 41st & [...]
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Red Herring Demolition on Schuylkill Avenue

Schuylkill Avenue sees a ton of vehicular traffic every day, as it provides one of two access points to the eastern side of the South Street Bridge. Befitting its most common role as a way to get from here to there, the four blocks of Schuylkill Ave. are far from pretty. Highlights include the Veolia Plant, a Peco facility, Peco transformers, some surface parking lots, a couple old industrial buildings, and the back of Naval Square. Perhaps the [...]
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The 2000 Block of Wharton Street Has Gone Through Some Serious Changes

As Point Breeze has experienced a significant wave of redevelopment over the last number of years, countless blocks have experienced major changes, generally swapping vacant land or blighted buildings for new construction. Among all these blocks, we'd nominate the 2000 block of Wharton Street as the one that's experienced the most significant transformation in the neighborhood. You may recall, the block was once dominated by a pair of warehouses on its southern side. Both of those buildings were [...]
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We Found a Couple More Projects on 6th Street, South of Snyder

A couple months back, we drew your attention to a little two-home development on the 2200 block of S. 6th Street, across from Mifflin Square. We commented that we don't typically write about projects of this size, but justified the worthiness of the post due to the location, south of Snyder Avenue and on the Whitman/Lower Moyamensing border. The fact is, we don't see a ton of construction in this part of town, so even a small sized development [...]
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23 Logan is Shaping Up at 23rd & Cherry

Anyone that's spent time in the Logan Square neighborhood is surely familiar with the Cresswell Iron Works building, even if they didn't know anything about its history. Between 1885 and 1969, Cresswell operated out of a low rise building at 113 N. 23rd St., producing a variety of iron products, like columns, lintels, brackets, girders, stairways, castings for bridges, and manhole covers. Over the last fifty years or so, the building was chopped up into a few tenant spaces, [...]
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Fairmount Laundromat Building Disappears at Marshall & Fairmount

As Northern Liberties has continued to gentrify, new construction has pushed farther and farther west, into the East Poplar neighborhood. This new construction has certainly changed the character of this part of town, where we see privately owned lower income housing that's been there for decades sitting alongside newer residential buildings, with a sprinkling of Eastern European churches mixed in for good measure. One day we'll order some pierogis from the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral, we swear. The commercial strip [...]
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