Painted Bride Will Probably Be Demoed and Replaced With Condos

The Painted Bride Arts Center got its start in 1969, in a storefront on South Street which was previously a bridal shop (hence the name). The organization describes itself as a multi-disciplinary arts presenter, and it has presented a countless exhibits and performances over the years in the areas of music, dance, theater, and visual arts. In 1982, the Bride purchased a former elevator factory at 230 Vine St., and this space served it well in [...]
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Big New Home For Sale on Little Kauffman Street in Queen Village

It's as easy to miss Kauffman Street as it is to misspell its name (we keep forgetting that second 'f'). For those unfamiliar, Kauffman Street is an east-west street that's just south of Catharine. It's one of those baby streets that comes and goes across the city, running in Queen Village for three quarters of a block between 3rd and 4th, and half a block between 5th and 6th. Then it goes away for like a mile [...]
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150 Units Will Replace a Former Hosiery Mill on E. Huntingdon

There's an old hosiery mill at 2400 E. Huntingdon St. which provides a neat connection to the industrial history of the neighborhood. Over the years, the uses of the buildings on the site changed, with an assembly plant (whatever that is), a printing shop, and a wood shop all operating out of here and the buildings slowly looking worse and worse as time passed. Developers bought the property back in 2014, and we believe it's been sitting [...]
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Lydian Place Brings Mansions Back to South Broad Street

The property at 740 S. Broad St. has sat empty for the last couple decades, and as you might expect for such a prominently located parcel, there have been a few different proposals that have come and gone during those years. As we've previously covered, a third phase of Artisan Homes was planned here, with a proposal for eight large town homes. Never happened. At the end of 2014, another developer had a new plan for eight townhomes, but that also didn't move [...]
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22 Home Project Coming Soon Near 18th & Oregon?

We've never noticed the plumbing supply business at 2616 S. 18th St., just a few steps from Oregon Avenue. We confess, we don't spend so much time in Girard Estates, but even if we did, the nondescript stucco building at this address simply blends in, as if begging to be ignored. And while it sits just to the south of a residential neighborhood, it's steps to the north of a big box commercial corridor, so [...]
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Last Section of Former Ridge Farmers Market Site Moving Along

More decades ago than we can remember, Ridge Avenue was a vibrant neighborhood commercial corridor in Francisville, offering all sorts of necessities for folks that didn't have the time or the inclination to travel downtown. The Ridge Avenue Farmers Market, located at 1810 Ridge Ave., was by far the largest building on the corridor and a keystone to commercial traffic on Ridge. As the years went by, however, Francisville faced considerable disinvestment- and as the neighborhood and the [...]
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8th & Spring Garden to Swap Parking Lot For a Mixed-Use Building

The stretch of Spring Garden Street between 5th and 9th Streets is a bit of a no man's land. It's home to a number of places you've heard of, like Traffic Court, the Edgar Allen Poe Historic Site, and a Red Cross building, but it lacks any sort of retail street presence and it feels incredibly unwelcoming for pedestrians. Incidentally, we could have once said the same about the blocks of Spring Garden Street just to [...]
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Bloc24 Loses Some Units But Gets a Bit Taller

It's been a bumpy road for 613 S. 24th St. over the last several years, but now it finally appears as though something will be happening here. It was over seven years ago (yikes) that we first drew your gaze to this little property, noting that the two story building at the site was not really the highest and best use for the property and looking forward to a proposed mixed-use project. That proposal called [...]
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Something Tall and Skinny Will Soon Rise at 19th & Sansom

Different people look for different things when they decide to live in Philadelphia. Do you prefer rowhome life and want to be able to walk downtown relatively quickly? The Graduate Hospital neighborhood might be the place for you. Are you instead looking for a vibrant and cool commercial corridor, but don't care as much about walking into Center City? Fishtown could be your destination. Like big old trees, attractive Victorian homes, and close proximity to Penn [...]
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Give Me Liberty (Lumber), or Give Me Death (a Mixed-Use Building)

When we lived in Passyunk Square back in the day, we occasionally visited Liberty Lumber at the corner of 7th & Alter, predictably to buy some lumber. The building supply business closed down a few years ago though, and in 2016 we told you that the upper floor of the building had been converted to apartments. It wasn't the prettiest building in the neighborhood, but it was functional enough. And we have to think that [...]
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