Classic Porn Theater To Office Building Story on the 2200 Block of Market

Let's say you're an important business person living in New York or Washington or Boston and you take Amtrak into Philadelphia for some kind of important business meeting. On a day like today, you're arriving at 30th Street Station and hopping in a cab or an Uber to get right to your destination. But let's pretend it's a mild day in April and you've got a little time to kill before your meeting starts. Strolling down Market Street [...]
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More Student Housing Coming Near the Tracks on 51st Street

Student housing has inexorably marched north, west, and south from Penn and Drexel, spreading to various degrees into Mantua, Walnut Hill, Spruce Hill, Powelton Village, Squirrel Hill, and Kingsessing. These types of projects have been slower to move into neighborhoods in Southwest, but in the last few years we've definitely seen an uptick in construction south of Baltimore Avenue as other areas have grown more saturated. We've even been surprised by some of the projects that have [...]
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Broad Street Picking Up Four Mansions Next to Brandywine Workshop

Non-profit Brandywine Workshop bought 730 S. Broad St. roughly 40 years ago, a purchase that included a historic double-wide building, a beat up warehouse, and a sizable vacant lot. According to a story from Hidden City, the historic Italianate building on the property was designed by architect Samuel Sloan and dated back to 1849. It was originally built as a volunteer fire house and was used as a police station and a starch works over the years, but when Brandywine bought [...]
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Subaru Dealership Makes All the Sense Next to I-76 in Grays Ferry

In writing about Washington Avenue countless times over the years, we've railed against its outdated industrial zoning and hoped for a speedy remapping process which would permit mixed-use development by right on the corridor. Hasn't happened, obviously. This isn't to say that we're opposed to industrial uses or industrial zoning in Philadelphia- it's just that we grew up playing Sim City and locating industrial zones right in the middle of residential zones never made any sense [...]
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Washington Avenue Property Wants to Keep Industrial Use While Adding Residential

The triple-wide building at 2031-35 Washington Ave. has a decidedly backward looking approach to the corridor on which it sits. This two-story industrial building stretches all the way to Kimball Street and dates back at least over half a century. For many years, a tire business occupied the majority of the building and more recently a small restaurant occupied a small space as well. We had a lousy breakfast sandwich from this place maybe ten [...]
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Apartment Building Coming Near the Bottom of Point Breeze Avenue?

Passyunk Avenue runs on an angle through several neighborhoods east of Broad, offering walkable retail and an impressive mix of different types of businesses. Over the last twenty years or so, this corridor has changed dramatically, shifting away from a focus on the surrounding neighborhood and becoming a retail and dining destination for people from all over the city. During those years, we've also seen changes in the neighborhoods around Passyunk, as home values have gone up [...]
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Office Building Has Lost Its Facade on Grays Ferry Avenue

When we think about the potential upside for real estate in the Grays Ferry neighborhood, a fewf things always come to mind. Its location is a definite strength, sitting adjacent to Grad Hospital and Point Breeze, and with easy access to the highway and West Philadelphia. Another plus for the neighborhood is the waterfront access, through the Grays Ferry Crescent section of the Schuylkill River Trail. We can only imagine what will happen when Center City people discover Grays Ferry, [...]
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Fishtown Says Farewell to Xynatech and Will Say Hey to a New Apartment Building

It wasn't so long ago that an enterprising manufacturer or artisan could easily and inexpensively set up shop in Fishtown, in one of many old industrial buildings scattered around the neighborhood. With the rapid gentrification of the neighborhood and the influx of retail to Frankford Avenue, this area has transitioned into a neighborhood where people want to live and work and hang out, and are willing to pay good money for the privilege. As a result, [...]
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Three Homes Near 23rd & Wharton, On Lots Long Owned By the City

Did you know that a few different agencies associated with the government of the City of Philadelphia own several thousand vacant properties, scattered across the city? The City is set up to own specific types of properties, including government buildings, parks, recreation centers, police stations, and the airport. Things are far less streamlined when it comes to the staggering number of vacant lots the City owns. Remember, when you own property you are responsible for its upkeep, including [...]
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Will We See a New Apartment Building at Belgrade & York?

The stretch of E. York Street between Frankford and Aramingo is a unique animal, different from just about any block we can think of in town. It's extra-wide, and a section of the street had a rail line running down the middle back when this part of town still had a strong industrial presence. Today, the street is a mixed bag. Some blocks are filled with homes with corner commercial, while others still maintain large commercial or even industrial [...]
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