A Closer Look at 2040 Market Street

The existing AAA building at 2040 Market will soon be a mixed-use residential/commercial building with 235 apartments, 15,000-square-feet of retail on the ground floor and 200 underground parking spaces. PMC Property Group acquired the 155,787-square-feet, six-story office building from NorthStar Realty for $8.3 million or about $52 per square foot, according to the CoStar Group. Stephen Varenhorst Associates will be designing the new building, which won’t exceed 20 stories, according to PMC. The erroneous photos we previously posted were […]


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Fishtown’s Hatchatory Artist Studios Get Garden Deck And Outdoor Event Space

On Sunday, March 6, seven artists got together for The Winter Art Festival at 2628 Martha Street. This was one of the first art festivals to be held at The Hatchatory, the collection of small-business office spaces in a renovated Fishtown warehouse. Tenants here rent pet-friendly modern lofts with original exposed brick, wood beams, hardwood floors, gated off-street parking, a security system, a custom bike rack and a pricing sheet that the owner put together to […]


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Plans For Old Church In West Kensington Making Progress

The abandoned St. Boniface Church of West Kensington held its last service in 2006 and the building has been vacant ever since. During the last year of the church’s life, it’s been in the worst shape we’ve seen it and the deterioration has become overwhelming. Stained glass windows were replaced with Plexiglas and, according to an official letter written by the Archdiocese and Redemptorist, the church’s structure is falling apart mainly because it is made of […]


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Fall 2011: Penn Park’s Landscape Architect Plans To Save Rainwater

The brand-new 24-acre development at the Western bank of the Schuylkill River between Walnut and South Streets in University City has been dubbed Penn Park, as many fans already know. Besides obvious reasons for building the park, the idea behind this development is to better connect University City and Center City; the park will add an impressive 20 percent more green space to the University of Pennsylvania’s campus. A variety of different trees have been chosen […]


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Living The Life of Joseph N. Reilly

There are many reasons why we were apprehensive about posting this information but withholding it would do more harm than good. Joseph Reilly of Joseph N. Reilly Real Estate is in financial distress in a big way. Reilly manages many homes and condos for various owners, many of who never received their tenants’ rent. You’d think with all that excess money Reilly would be living the life, but his personal investments are in foreclosure (and here). […]


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Police Courtesy Cards For Sale: Only Sheen Gets Out Of Jail For Free

A recent solicitation from the Fraternal Order of Police seems innocuous enough as a fundraiser for City Council candidate Bobby Henon. The April 28 cocktail reception to support the campaign sounds fun (we weren’t invited however) but there is one thing we did notice, thanks to help from an anonymous tipster: looks like $1k gets you “15 courtesy cards signed by our President [John McNesby].” That’s less than $100 for the little blue piece of […]


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Old Tastykake Complex Turning Into Shoprite

US Realty has purchased the former TastyKake complex in East Falls for Grasso Holdings and will break ground at 10am today with a brand-new shopping center, the first one an area like this outside of Philly has seen in a long time, according to Peter Maggio of US Realty. Bakers Square, as it will be called, at 3413 Fox Street (we have a street) will be anchored by a 71,000-square-foot Shoprite, which will be great for […]


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Eco-Conscious Fare Restaurant-Bar Taking Green To New Levels Of Cool

Eco-conscious restaurants don’t need to be reminiscent of dry granola, patchouli oil or limited selections of tofu-based meals, but unfortunately sustainably based businesses (like the new Eagles stadium, Tierra Mia Salon or James) have to work harder to shake the stigma that follows businesses that cater to such healthy lifestyles. When David Orphanides—along with his business partners, Fairmount locals Andy Siegel and Savvas Navrosidis—decided to start a new restaurant here in Philadelphia, he promised himself one thing: […]


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The PHA Embarrassment

The Philadelphia Housing Authority, the fourth largest public housing agency in the US, was sued for its two-story disabled-senior homes at 1003-1011 S. 20th Street. While the zoning board approved the construction in mid-2010, SOSNA (represented by Paul Toner) and David Orphanides (on behalf of a number of neighboring property owners) appealed the case on the basis of the building’s blatant aesthetic dissemblance to the area and the effect that would have on the growing […]


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