Abigail Vare Renovation Proceeding Along, Plus Some New Homes Next Door

It was about a year ago that we last checked in on the former Abigail Vare school at 1619 E. Moyamensing Ave., a visit that came four years after the school closed its doors and three years after the School District sold the building to the Concordia Group. As we told you back then, the redevelopment of the school building was put on ice for quite some time as the sale was tied up in [...]
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Albert Street Trading Basketball Court For New Town Homes

Historically, the large parcel at 2308 E. Tucker St. was the site of a public bath house, a place that allowed people in the neighborhood to wash themselves in an age before indoor plumbing was commonplace. As personal baths and showers became more of thing, bath houses faded away, and like some others we've pointed out previously, this particular bath house transitioned into a public pool. For reasons that we couldn't tell you, the pool [...]
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City Selling Historic Firehouse in South Kensington

Just south of the corner of 4th & Thompson stands a stunning edifice that's been mostly mothballed for many years. The building at 1221 N. 4th St. was constructed as Engine House 29 in the 1890s and was used by the fire department for over eighty years, until they opened a new and significantly less attractive station around the corner at 4th & Girard in 1979. Since then, according to Philly.com, the building has been used as a [...]
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Goddard School Coming Soon at 22nd & Pine?

As much as things have changed in the Rittenhouse neighborhood over the last century or so, the parking garage at the northwest corner of 22nd & Pine has remained a constant. This building has likely caught the eye of just about anyone that's ever walked past this intersection, as it sticks out like a bit of a sore thumb when compared to all the handsome architecture in the area. The building is not only notable [...]
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Addition Appears on Berks Street, Across From Cousins Supermarket

When we were taking the photos for last week's story about the new dog park / graffiti park where Germantown Ave. hits 5th St., we spied some additional construction just up the block, on the other triangle formed by this intersection. This triangle hasn't hosted a pallet business, but has traditionally been home to an auto repair shop and a dance club. The auto repair shop isn't going anywhere at the moment, but for Club [...]
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Spring Arts Point Continues to Move Toward the Finish Line

The Spring Arts Point project was originally conceived by developer Lawrence Rust over a decade ago as a plan to build a few dozen units on several large assemblages on the eastern side of the West Poplar neighborhood. The first eighteen homes came into focus quickly, on the block bounded by Percy, 10th, Mount Vernon, and Wallace Streets. In that same time period, the developer poured foundations for the second phase on the block to [...]
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Checking in on the 1600 Block of Point Breeze Avenue

In its heyday, Point Breeze Avenue was a paragon of a neighborhood commercial corridor. According to articles we've read and longtime residents we've spoken with, Point Breeze Avenue had such a diverse array of retail options that people hardly ever had to leave the neighborhood to do their shopping. In today's Age of Amazon (TM), this kind of neighborhood commercial corridor has gone extinct outside of the very center of town and even still looks very different than [...]
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Apartment Building is Replacing a Rowhome Church in the Middle of Sharswood

If you're traveling from South Kensington to Brewerytown, as we were the other day, might we recommend Master Street as a convenient and clear shot across town? Your first inclination might be to take Girard, but there's all those traffic lights, plus Girard College interrupts the flow of the street. So trust us, Master Street's the way to go. As we said, we were taking our own advice and traveling across town on Master Street a [...]
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Graffiti Slash Dog Park Appears at 5th & Germantown

Roughly a week and a half ago, we shared the news that 408 Cecil B. Moore Ave. will likely be redeveloped from a pallet business into a mixed-use building with 146 apartments, some retail, and a bunch of parking. This project is a no brainer for just about everyone. Residential development is popping up all over South Kensington, and there's seemingly an unquenchable demand for additional housing (and associated retail). And while it's true that Pallets [...]
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Triangular Development Opportunity Near Meredith School

Most of downtown Philadelphia is organized on a grid, thank goodness, which makes it really easy for tourists and locals alike to get around town. An extension of this idea, the grid is helpful for developers too, as it generally results in rectangle-shaped lots, which helps produce those desirable right angles in new construction. But we don't have to tell you that the grid gets interrupted from time to time by diagonal streets like Passyunk Avenue, [...]
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