Student Housing is Under Construction at 17th & Venango

We've made it a habit to complain that the City owns a ton of vacant land but doesn't generally show much interest in selling it off. In our defense, this is a real problem, with City agencies collectively representing the largest vacant land ownership group in Philadelphia. These numbers are perhaps a little old but as of a couple years ago, City agencies owned approximately ten thousand vacant lots. Holy crap, that's a lot of lots. To be fair, [...]
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Post Brothers Wants to Build Atop Garden Court Plaza Parking Garage

The Garden Court Plaza building at 4701 Pine St. possesses an altogether unique presence in West Philadelphia, an Art Deco building standing fourteen-stories high in the middle of a mostly low rise residential area. The building was designed to be the centerpiece of the Garden Court neighborhood, which runs from 46th to 52nd Street, from Cedar Avenue to Locust Street. Clarence Siegel, the developer that was responsible for most of the other buildings in the neighborhood, commissioned [...]
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12th Street Gym Building Sells, Gym Could Close

12th Street Gym has been a fixture in the Gayborhood for roughly 30 years, but an ownership change and fire code violations could result in its closure at some point in the relatively near future. A couple of readers have reached out to us in recent weeks, sharing the news that the building was under new ownership and passing along the rumor that the building would be torn down in favor of new development. We've [...]
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Temple Losing a Dorm as Peabody Hall Gets Torn Down

We passed through Temple's campus shortly before the calendar flipped to 2018, and as we were traveling up North Broad Street, some demolition activity caught our eye. For those that went to Temple undergrad, you might recognize this building, located at the northeast corner of Broad & Norris, as Peabody Hall. This is, well, it was, the oldest dorm on Temple's campus and was originally constructed in 1957 as a dorm for women. Eventually, Peabody became [...]
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RIP, Johnny Rockets. What’s Next at 5th & South?

It just so happened that we were traveling up 5th Street past South yesterday, and found ourselves thunderstruck to see that Johnny Rockets had closed after a very lengthy run on the northeast corner. We weren't sad per se, as Johnny Rockets wasn't exactly the straw stirring the drink of the Philadelphia restaurant scene. Still, it's always a shame when a business closes its doors, especially after operating for so long that we couldn't remember what was [...]
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More Homes Coming Soon on Berks, Next to South Square Project

Roughly two years ago, we told you about South Square, a project on the 100 block of W. Berks St. from AGA Developers that called for 19 residential units and two retail spaces. We were a little skeptical about the project, given that we'd seen relatively little development this far north in South Kensington, but figured the developers knew what they were doing, given their track record. Visiting the site today, we see that construction appears to [...]
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Massive Project in the Works at Frankford & Lehigh

It was roughly a year ago that we directed your gaze to a development opportunity at 2035 E. Lehigh Ave., a large parcel at the edge of East Kensington that was listed for sale for $5M. We believed that the asking price was rather high, and recognized the challenges of the site, like its close proximity to the Conrail tracks and the fact that Lehigh Avenue isn't exactly desirable frontage. But we were still of the opinion [...]
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Gimli Getting a Place of His Own on Washington Avenue

A few days before the calendar switched from 2017 to 2018, we got a hot tip about a new business coming to Washington Avenue. The tipster directed our attention to a two-story building at 1719 Washington Ave. with a day care on the first floor. For a stretch of time, there was a mixed martial arts gym on the 2nd floor. The MMA gym moved to the 1900 block of Washington a couple years back, and [...]
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Naked Philly Makes Predictions for 2018

We're back, after a wonderful yet frigid New Years holiday. And as is typically our custom, we're kicking off 2018 with some predictions for the year to come. Will we prove successful as prognosticators? If we are, you can count on hearing about it about a year from now. If not, you can probably assume we'll quietly delete this post and we'll never mention it again. Wish us luck! When handwriting the year, we will accidentally write [...]
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Development Opportunity at 12th & Diamond?

A word to the wise; most of the food trucks on Temple's campus shut down during winter break. Of course, this makes sense, as profitability tends to plummet when your entire customer base disappears. But it's been a minute since we've been in college, so the whole winter break thing didn't even enter our mind as we trekked up to Temple to grab lunch earlier this week. Alas, we came up empty on the lunch [...]
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