Some Number of Apartments Filling Vacant Baltimore Avenue Lot

Whenever we cover a project on or near Baltimore Avenue, we always look at that project through the lens of how it relates to the commercial corridor. And this makes sense, because Baltimore Avenue and nearby 52nd Street are the centers of commerce in this part of West Philadelphia. But when we present Baltimore Avenue as purely a place for businesses, we ignore the fact that people live there, too. Not only are there numerous apartments located above ground-floor [...]
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Restaurant Planned For Processing Machinery & Supply Building

It's no secret that Frankford Avenue has experienced a major boom over the last number of years, with a bunch of new buildings rising and a ton of new businesses opening along the corridor. Has the growth of Frankford Avenue has spurred residential development on surrounding blocks in Fishtown and East Kensington? Or is it the other way around? Hard to say for sure, but we'd actually posit that there's a symbiotic relationship between the two that's [...]
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Vacant Rittenhouse Square Lot Slowly Moving Toward Redevelopment

When you consider that 1907-15 Walnut St. has been sitting vacant since the 1990s, any news indicating that the property is a step closer to getting redeveloped is cause for celebration. That being the case, we've got our party hats in hand, as the Civic Design Review packet for this property has appeared online. As we told you a couple months ago, this project is scheduled to break ground next year, and needs to work its way [...]
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Southwark on Reed Progressing Nicely, Homes Are Sold Out

Mount Sinai Hospital occupied almost an entire square block at 4th & Reed, which made it especially troubling for the surrounding neighborhood when the hospital closed its doors in 1997. Since then, the hospital sat vacant and unused, with the exception of a section on the western end of the 400 block of Reed Street which was converted to senior housing. Over the years, various developers considered potential reuse opportunities for the former hospital, but [...]
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Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics Getting Very Close

It doesn't make any sense that the southeast corner of 36th & Sansom was sitting vacant since at least the 1960s. It's right on the edge of campus, with the Penn Law building located a block to the east and the Penn bookstore across the street. Had the property been in private hands, it would have surely been redeveloped a long time ago. But Penn owns the property, which allowed for what could be kindly [...]
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End of the Line For Cresswell Iron Works at 23rd & Cherry

Logan Square is a neighborhood with numerous high end homes that also boasts easy access to downtown Philadelphia on one end and the Ben Franklin Parkway on the other. But this wasn't always the case. A hundred years ago, there was a strong industrial presence in this neighborhood, especially near the river. So it should come as no surprise that Cresswell Iron Works hung a shingle at 113 N. 23rd St. back in 1885. According to Hidden City, this [...]
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Triplexes a Step Up From Swamp Thing Home on 15th Street

We've openly wondered of late whether we're approaching a saturation point in terms of student housing in the area around Temple, in light of the staggering number of projects that have appeared here in the last decade. While we're not there just yet as far as we can tell, we certainly have seen a slowdown in terms of new projects. But we don't believe that's due to oversupply of existing rentals, instead we think it's got to [...]
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Big Lot Across From Pat’s Could Finally Get Redeveloped

Philadelphia has a embarrassment of riches when it comes to tourist destinations. Like history? We've got the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and the Betsy Ross House. Looking for a museum? Check out the Art Museum, the Franklin Institute, or numerous other places that will boost your cultural appreciation. If you're hungry, you can stop by Reading Terminal Market. Or Chinatown. Or you can visit 9th & Passyunk and grab a cheesesteak at Pat's and/or Geno's. And yeah, we get it. [...]
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Say Sayonara to the Silo on Grays Ferry

The intersection of 34th Street and Grays Ferry Avenue is incredibly well traveled, as it provides access to West Philly, Southwest Philly, Center City, and I-76E. For such a popular intersection though, it's pretty rough on the eyes. Aside from the Pennovation Works campus on the northwest corner, this immediate area is home to a pair of gas stations, a car wash, and a collection of industrial buildings. The most notable industrial building is a large silo at [...]
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Another Day, Another Big Student Housing Project in West Philly

It's been more than fifteen years since we called West Philadelphia home, but for whatever reason we went to Lei's Auto & Collision Center at 4200 Ludlow St. a couple times in recent memory to get the Nakedphillymobile inspected. We were in the area the other day, not because we were looking for any auto work, and when we passed by this address we realized that Lei's days of fixing and inspecting cars has come [...]
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