Developers File Demo Permits For Galvanization Plant on Hagert, RCO Keeping a Watchful Eye

If you're old enough, you remember when smoking on airplanes was a thing. Considering that through the lens of 2017, it seems crazy. Non-smokers were trapped in a smoky cabin for the length of every flight. People has lighters and matches on planes! Sheer madness. Then again, we've learned countless health and safety lessons as a society over the years, with cigarettes on planes resting pretty low on the totem pole of bad ideas. To wit, it [...]
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Dirt Moving Around, Unexpectedly, at 36th & Haverford

A couple readers have reached out recently, wondering what's happening on the north side of the 3600 block of Haverford Avenue. You may recall, several years ago, there was a plan floating out there to build a supermarket in Mantua, spanning four city blocks between 36th and 38th Streets, Haverford Avenue and Mount Vernon Street. Those plans included the taking of numerous privately owned properties by eminent domain, but they were ultimately thwarted when artist [...]
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Philly Tacos Opens in the Old Breezy’s Space

In early 2013, Breezy's Cafe opened their doors in a little commercial space at 2011 Reed St., a location that nobody would confuse for prime real estate. The space was in the middle of the block, with a funeral home across the street, a large warehouse next door, and numerous blighted properties nearby. At the time, we worried that the challenging address was going to make it difficult for the business to make a go of it, and our [...]
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Development Edging Closer For Vacant Francisville Triangle

We've covered the vacant 1.5 acre triangular parcel at 19th & Wylie numerous times over the years, always lamenting its persistent vacancy, which is only amplified by the torrent of development happening all around. We first wrote about this property back in 2013, telling you that the Hankin Group purchased it from the City back in 2010. They paid $900K, which was an aggressive offer at the time, but falls way short of what anyone might pay for the [...]
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Apartment Building With Fresh Food Market Coming to 2nd Street

721 N. 2nd St. has been used as an auto garage specializing in European cars for as long as we can remember, surely for longer than the decade than we can see in Google Maps Street View. Once upon a time, back when there was very little retail activity on this commercial corridor, an auto garage made perfect sense at this location. But those times are long ended. Next door to this building is a Green [...]
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Another Hole in the Ground on a Changing Block of Hagert

Hagert Street between Jasper and Emerald has undergone incredible change over the last number of years, and there's more change brewing. When we were in the neighborhood the other day, we happened upon a new hole in the ground at 1914 E. Hagert St., next to a large blue garage. This parcel was previously associated with the garage, though it seems it didn't get a whole lot of use. So it makes plenty of sense that [...]
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Wills Eye Hospital Plans To Demolish Two Vacant Buildings at 9th & Locust

The northeast corner of 9th & Locust is a bit of a curiosity. In this high rent part of town, you simply wouldn't expect to see a pair of building like 229 and 231 S. 9th St., slowly decomposing as they sit vacant. Last year, we gave you the lowdown on these properties, noting that they were owned by an entity related to Wills Eye Hospital, which is located around the corner at 9th & Walnut. We [...]
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A Sizable New Building Appears on Vine Street

A reader tipped us off recently about a big new building currently getting framed at 222 Vine St., and we're kinda amazed it hasn't come onto our radar previously. For whatever reason, a one story building was constructed at this address back in 1960, a structure that has housed an art gallery in recent memory. Despite the fact that it's located within the historic Old City, the building provided absolutely no historic value whatsoever. At least [...]
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Significant Changes For Apartment Project on Chestnut Street

Without thinking too hard about it, you would readily agree that a car wash isn't the highest and best use for a 16K sqft property on the 4100 block of Chestnut. And yet, if you visit this block and direct your attention to 4125 Chestnut St., you'll see the Chestnut Wash N Lube, washing and lubing cars, as they've been doing for as long as we can remember. But not for long. The view today [...]
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Renderings For the Upcoming Apartment Building on Kensington Avenue

It shouldn't require much digging in the ol' memory bank to remember the story we wrote yesterday about an apartment building that's under construction on Kensington Avenue. In case you stayed up late to watch the World Series, allow us to jog your memory. 2411 Kensington Ave. used to look like this: In the past Now, it looks like this: Current view What you see in the photo above are the stair/elevator towers for what will [...]
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