Gotta Love This Ridge Avenue Renovation

We've watched with great interest, over the last few years, as Ridge Avenue in Francisville has experienced a slow rebirth. Off the cuff, we can think of roughly a dozen new mixed-use buildings either under construction or recently completed on this corridor, which should collectively provide the neighborhood with an exciting commercial future. If we turn back the clock several decades, Ridge Avenue was previously a thriving commercial corridor and the Ridge Avenue Farmers Market was in the [...]
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Zoning Notices a Sign of Change On the 100 Block of Ellsworth?

The 100 block of Ellsworth Street is not your standard South Philly block. In most areas in this part of town, the housing stock dates back at least a hundred years. For whatever reason though, only about a quarter of the homes on this block fit that description. The homes on the western side of the north side of the street date back between five and ten years. The homes on the eastern side of the south [...]
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What’s With the Fence at Amber and Letterly?

We were zipping around East Kensington the other day and took a peek at the 2000 block of E. Letterly, to check on a project we last covered about a year ago. At that time, we told you that developers were building a row of seven new homes on the eastern side of this block. This was especially notable because this side of the block had been sitting entirely vacant for a really long time [...]
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New Holocaust Memorial Plaza Under Construction on Ben Franklin Parkway

In 1964, at the northwest corner of 16th & Arch, the first monument appeared in North America memorializing the Holocaust. The statue was created by sculptor Nathan Rapoport, and sat at the point of the triangle that's created by 17th Street, Arch Street, and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. We don't know what the rest of the triangle looked like back in 1964, but for the last decade at least, there's been a slighted elevated area behind the [...]
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Falafel Coming to Handsome New Building at 3rd & Market

Wow, have things ever changed at the southwest corner of 3rd & Market. If we turn back the clock a few years or a few decades, Suit Corner was operating out of a double-wide commercial space, selling suits as gaudy as the paint job on the facade. Unfortunately, a fire gutted the buildings in 2014, and 300 and 302 Market St. sat vacant for a short time. In the past Within a couple years though, [...]
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Piazza Part 2, Coming Soon

Parking surely tightened up in Northern Liberties a few months ago, when the parking lot east of the Piazza and south of the Shops at Schmidt’s closed to the public. At the time, we had no idea what was going on with this property, but we had a couple of theories. We noted that Tower Development got approval about a decade ago to build a project called the Residences at Schmidt’s on this parcel, including a twenty-six story tower, a [...]
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Update: Renderings For the Upcoming Project at 150 W. Berks Street

It was almost two months ago that we last directed your attention to South Square, a residential development with a splash of retail on the 100 block of W. Berks, on the northern end of South Kensington. At the time, we noted that this was one of the more ambitious residential developments we'd seen in this part of the neighborhood. We also mentioned that most of the units had already sold, giving us a pretty good [...]
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An Upgrade is Planned Just South of Legendary Blue Horizon

We were scanning the ZBA calendar today, as we so often do, and noticed a new project in the works on the 1300 block of N. Broad Street. This block is notable for a couple of reasons, mostly because it's the home of the Legendary Blue Horizon, a 150 year old boxing gym that's been closed for several years. That historic building was tabbed for redevelopment a few years ago, but has continued to sit [...]
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The Laurel is Coming, Just Not Until 2019

During the current development boom, Philadelphia has seen some of its embarrassing long term vacancies finally get filled in. And so our heart sings every time we go past Lincoln Square at the northwest corner of Broad and Washington or the "Fergie Tower" on the 1200 block of Walnut Street. Despite some great successes though, some of those unfortunate vacancies remain. Looking at you, northeast corner of Broad & Washington. You too, Disney Hole. And [...]
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PHA Auctions Off More Properties and Everyone Showed Up

Last year, the Philadelphia Housing Authority decided to sell off a few dozen scattered site properties that they didn't have the funding to rehabilitate, hiring Barry Slosberg Auctioneers to facilitate the sales. We attended that auction, and even bought one of the properties on the list. We'd estimate that a couple hundred people attended the auction, even though only a few dozen of the attendees were actually in on the bidding. Brewerytown property that was [...]
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