Say So Long to the Fishtown Beverage Building

We were jonesing for a za'atar and cheese man'oushe from Suraya, so we made our way to Frankford Avenue earlier today with a sense of excitement for a tasty meal to come. Along with quality food, Suraya also has traditionally provided an added benefit for customers, a little parking area at 1511 Frankford Ave., across the street. This parking lot was previously associated with Fishtown Beverage, which closed its doors several years ago. In the past As [...]
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Heaps of Zoning Applications Yesterday in West Poplar

We were looking through the docket for the ZBA yesterday, as we're wont to do, and noticed five different projects seeking variances within a very small area of West Poplar. This seemed odd on its face, so we started investigating. All of the properties are owned by City agencies, a good explanation for why they haven't been developed previously. This is also a pretty strong sign that they aren't actually being developed by the City, but are being [...]
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Next Round of Homes Under Construction Near Broad & Bainbridge

Way back in the summer of 2012, we told you about plans for twenty-two homes on the 1300 blocks of Bainbridge and Kater Streets, on a parcel that had been used as a surface parking lot for quite some time. The project caught us off guard at the time, as we openly wondered whether buyers would be willing to pony up top dollar for high-end homes next door to a gas station. But life is full of [...]
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Wawa Gas Station Plus Parking Garage Coming Soon at Front & Spring Garden?

A Northern Liberties neighbor reached out to us a few months back, having noticed some geotechnical work taking place on a parking lot on the east side of the 600 block of N. Front Street. We previously brought this property to your attention back in 2014, noting that it was listed for sale and thinking that the sole building on the property would make for a unique restaurant or retail space. With the soil testing taking place, we [...]
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Apartments Still Planned Above Family Dollar on North Broad

A little less than a year ago, we brought 906 N. Broad St. to your attention, dreaming of a better future for the building. We noted the likelihood that it was originally built as a car dealership, but showed you its current blah condition, chopped up into a Family Dollar, a seafood restaurant, and a mini market. We also made mention of the building's great potential due to its location on the fringe of Francisville and close to Temple's [...]
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1500 Block of Frankford Avenue Getting a Little More Commercial

In just a few short years, Frankford Avenue has exploded as a commercial corridor, and it's happened in a variety of ways. Some businesses have opened in repurposed industrial buildings, like Frankford Hall back in the day and Suraya much more recently. Plenty of other businesses have opened in brand new buildings, like the massive City Fitness or the collection of smaller businesses on the 1800 block. But perhaps the majority of businesses have opened in [...]
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Trading Blight For Triplexes on 20th Street

Our efforts to cover real estate development in Philadelphia take us across the city, from deep in South Philly to Port Richmond to Roxborough. Occasionally though, we're spared the travel when a project happens just down the street from the office. Such is the case with the recent demolition at 1121 S. 20th St., a property that has been sitting vacant for a very long time. It was owned by the Philadelphia Housing Authority for decades, finally changing [...]
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End of the Line For Community Garden La Finquita

Back when Kensington was the Workshop of the World a hundred years ago, industry boomed and the surrounding neighborhoods bustled with factory workers. As the years passed and manufacturers moved away or closed their doors, Kensington fell into a state of disinvestment and the neighborhood became overrun with blighted buildings and vacant lots. As we've seen in other neighborhoods that have faced similar circumstances, several vacant lots in Kensington were converted into community gardens. One of the oldest and [...]
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Change Continues on Hewson Street, With Five Homes Coming Up

Like so many other blocks in Fishtown, the only constant is change on the 1100 block of E. Hewson Street. We were in that neck of the woods the other day and spied some new homes getting framed at 1120-28 E. Hewson St., on a parcel that was previously worse for the wear. This property was partially vacant but also had a couple of older homes on it which have clearly been torn down over [...]
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Development at 3rd & Poplar Will Replace Doggie Style and Vet

Doggie Style opened a location at the southwest corner of 3rd & Poplar over a decade ago, in a junky looking industrial building. This was a great outcome for the property at the time, as it provided neighborhood pet owners with a go-to pet store. Over time, the corner has evolved as a pet center, with a veterinarian opening next door a few years back, and Saved Me adoption services operating here as well. The [...]
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