Grays Ferry Picks Up Some New Foundations and Homes

Walk down just about any block in Point Breeze north of Dickinson Street, and you'll surely see some kind of construction activity, or at the very least, a building that's gone up within the last couple years. As development in Point Breeze continues to hum along and competition for properties escalates, developers are looking more and more at Grays Ferry as an alternative. In Grays Ferry, land remains plentiful and much less expensive, though sale prices [...]
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Sprouts is Open at Broad & Washington

For more years than we can remember, the huge parcel on the northwest corner of Broad & Washington has been sitting vacant, aside from a historic train shed which dated back to the 1870s and was most recently used as a food and produce warehouse. As you're probably well aware, Alterra Property Group purchased this large property a couple years back and has been diligently working on Lincoln Square, a mixed-use project that includes over 300 [...]
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New Windows Going in at Former South Philly Brush Factory

Several readers have reached out to us over the years, wondering about the old brush factory, a group of rough looking industrial buildings at the corner of 12th & Jackson. While the sight of vacant industrial buildings is quite common in other parts of town (looking at you, Kensington), it's definitely not the norm in this part of South Philadelphia. And with bustling Passyunk Avenue just a couple blocks to the north from here, the continued [...]
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After Years of Vacancy, Look For Three Little Homes at 18th & Carpenter

Way back when, we believe there was a drinking establishment of some kind on the northwest corner of 18th & Carpenter. That was before our time though, because we can only remember a time when the one story building at 932 S. 18th St. was sitting blighted and vacant. But you have to agree, this certainly looks like a place that used to be a bar. View back in 2011 In 2011, we brought this [...]
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Delorean Time Machine: Walnut Street Wendy’s

Like a vestige from another time and place, a one-story Wendy’s sits on a skyscraper-zoned plot of land in Center City, on the northwest corner of 11th & Walnut. How in the world did this happen? Believe it or not, the building was not built as a Wendy’s and it wasn't built all that long ago. In 1967, developer Keefler & Kessler Associates acquired a 19th century commercial building that was in use as a 27-unit rooming house, [...]
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Little Apartment Building Popping Up Near Aramingo

We found ourselves in the River Wards around lunchtime the other day, and as is occasionally our wont we stopped over at Fresh Works, a little sandwich shop on Belgrade Street. As we were trying to decide between a hoagie or a salad, we noticed a chain link fence around 2613 Miller St., the property next door. A beer distributor was located here for a long time, but the business has closed and its former [...]
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Checking in on the First Phase of the Hub at 31 Brewerytown

Westrum Development Company was an early believer in the potential of the Brewerytown neighborhood, building out the Brewerytown Square development over an entire city block about a decade and a half ago. Though Westrum owned several other sizable properties in the area, they didn't move forward with any other projects in this area for quite some time, surely due to the housing crash in 2008 and perhaps because there wasn't enough demand for their initial offering. [...]
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Fine Fare Building on Girard Will Be Torn Down Soon

As we've expressed many times before, we have a great fondness for old movie theaters, and for years we've made a sport out of identifying old theaters which have been converted to new and different uses. Many of these old buildings possess some characteristics which make you stop and think, 'hey, maybe this used to be a movie house.' Telltale signs include an old marquee ('natch), some unique architectural flourishes on the facade, or a size and/or [...]
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Two Very Old Buildings in Society Hill Are Gone, But You Probably Didn’t Know About Them

On the 100 block of South Street, there's an entrance to an alleyway between 113 and 115 South Street that you've probably never noticed. Even if this little alleyway ever caught your attention, you probably figured it was just for egress purposes, and then continued on your way to Pietro's or whatever brought you to this block in the first place. If you ever walked down the alleyway though, you would have stumbled upon a [...]
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Requiem For the 7-11 at 22nd & South

Many rejoiced when Wawa opened its doors at the northeast corner of 22nd & South back in April, excited for grocery essentials, hoagies, and all the other stuff that you get at Wawa. Not everyone was so thrilled though, including bicyclists that have been frustrated by the near constant illegal parking in front of the Wawa. And we figured from day one that the owners of the 7-11, just up the street at 22nd & [...]
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