Check Out This Unusual Triplex on E. Susquehanna

The property at 2009 E. Susquehanna Ave. has gone through some significant changes over the last few years, but then again, you could say the same about countless other properties in this part of town. A building stood here until 2016, sitting vacant and blighted. It traded at sheriff's sale a few years back, selling for $125K, but the new owners either couldn't or wouldn't save the original building, and after demolition, the property has been sitting vacant. Recently [...]
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Demolition at 6th & Moore, Multi-Phase Project Coming Soon

At first thought, the 600 block of Moore Street may not seem like the most obvious development site in South Philly. It's a couple blocks away from Pennsport, and it's a seven block shlep from Passyunk Avenue. This block in particular is a challenge, with a beer distributor on the north side of the street and a cabinet manufacturer taking up the entire southern side of the block. Nevertheless, we saw a nine home project appear [...]
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What to Make of a Foundation at Front & Diamond?

Fishtown is a highly desirable neighborhood with one of the best commercial corridors in town. South Kensington has seen a dramatic spike in developer interest over the last several years, with projects large and small filling gaps throughout the neighborhood. Front Street is the border between these neighborhoods, and despite the fact that the El rumbles up and down the elevated tracks all day every day, this corridor has also seen a tremendous amount of [...]
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Seven Story Building Coming to 40th & Market?

Penn's campus ends at 40th Street on the western side and on Chestnut Street to the north, but student housing extends for many blocks in both directions. While Penn students have lived off campus forever, the last decade has seen a dramatic increase in the distance that students are willing to travel to get to campus while still living on the west side of the Schuylkill. The recently completed Irvine Apartments represents the largest and westernmost development of note, [...]
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We Didn’t Expect One, Let Alone Two Projects on the 2100 Block of Ridge

The past and present of Ridge Avenue in Francisville are pretty well worn territory on this blog, but in case today is your first day on the site, here's the (mostly) tldr version: This section of Ridge Avenue was once an active commercial corridor. Then the neighborhood endured decades of disinvestment, businesses left, and buildings crumbled. By the time developers starting operating in this neighborhood a few years back, there wasn't much left. But over [...]
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Additional Addition Planned on North Broad Street

It was just a few months ago that we directed your attention to a renovation project taking place at 925 N. Broad St., a property most commonly associated with the City Blue location on its first floor. The upper floors of this building have sat vacant for several years, an illustration of the underwhelming real estate performance on this stretch of North Broad over the last several decades. But it's already old news that this part [...]
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Bookend Mixed-Use Building Under Construction on Washington Avenue

At first glance, the property at 2501 Washington Ave. doesn't really present itself as a top notch development opportunity. Its shape is weird, with frontage on 25th Street, Washington Avenue, and Grays Ferry Avenue. It's directly adjacent to the elevated CSX train tracks which turn into the 25th Street viaduct on the other side of Washington Avenue. The Grays Ferry side isn't much better, with some infrastructure related to the Veolia plant, the nature of which we couldn't possibly fathom, [...]
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Five New Duplexes Are Under Construction at 24th & Master

As Brewerytown has boomed, development has continued to push northward toward Strawberry Mansion and eastward toward Sharswood. As you might be aware, there's only so much market rate development possible in Sharswood, since PHA is currently in the middle of a significant neighborhood transformation plan which will ultimately entail the construction of over 1,000 new units of affordable housing. As that plan also included PHA purchasing hundreds of properties via eminent domain, there's not nearly as much [...]
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Delorean Time Machine: Northside Lithuanian Republican Alliance of Philadelphia Clubhouse

At the corner of Camac & Wallace in the West Poplar (sometimes called Spring Arts) neighborhood stands a somewhat out-of-place building that doesn’t seem to fit in with its surroundings. Its glass block windows, strange cornice decoration, and unusual shape seem to want to tell a story. Would you like to hear it? View of the building Closer look From the east The origin of this building begins in the mid 30’s, when the Northside [...]
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Philadelphia’s Newest Slimmest Tower Will Rise at 11th & Walnut

Conventional wisdom says that small lots and tall buildings don't mix. But in the last decade or so, there's been a shift in thinking as land has become increasingly valuable while rents and sale prices have continued to climb. New York has seen a number of skinny buildings rise in recent years, with buildings sporting heretofore unprecedented slenderness ratios now dotting the skyline. Now, in true Philadelphia fashion, we are starting to catch onto this trend, albeit [...]
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