An Apartment Building Could Break Up the Industry on N. American Street

When we first saw that 1801 N. American St. would be presented to Civic Design Review last week, we assumed it was curtains for the huge warehouse that runs from N. American St. to 2nd St. and presents a blank wall on the west side of 2nd St. for almost a whole city block. This prospect was incredibly exciting, as the redevelopment of this building could make 2nd Street much more pedestrian friendly and perhaps spur [...]
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Another Upgrade in the Works for the 1500 Block of Frankford Avenue

As we've documented for a very long time, Frankford Avenue has undergone a massive transformation over the last decade or so, trading vacant land and industrial buildings for apartments, stores, and restaurants. Given all the construction we've seen on the corridor, it's a little remarkable that there's still plenty of underused property even now, which gives us a strong indication that we'll continue to see construction on Frankford Avenue for years to come. Speaking of which, [...]
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Dozens of New Homes From Several Developers Near 25th & Dickinson

A little less than two years ago, we asked you to consider 1500 S. 25th St., a sizable vacant and overgrown lot, sitting adjacent to the CSX viaduct separating Grays Ferry from Point Breeze. Back then, we compared the property to so many we've covered on Front Street in Fishtown and Kensington, and figured that the site would be ripe for an apartment project, to bring some density to this location. We were surprised about [...]
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More Piazza Adjacent Projects Coming to CDR

The Piazza was a game changing development when it opened in 2009, seemingly marking the arrival of Northern Liberties as a destination neighborhood, despite its position on the fringe of Center City. For those that don't remember, the Schmidt's Brewery, other industrial buildings, and vacant land previously dominated the eastern side of 2nd Street below Girard Avenue, and Bart Blatstein of Tower Development purchased a package of properties totaling about 17 acres here back in 2000. [...]
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Playground Gone on Powelton Ave., Apartment Building Has Risen

Non-profit West Powelton Community Council took possession of the lots at 4055 and 4057 Powelton Ave. in the late 1990s, after the properties were owned for several years by City agencies. The community group quickly cleaned up the lots and built a playground on the site, offering a wonderful amenity for a neighborhood that had plenty of open lots but no play areas nearby. We can't begin to guess how many kids played here over [...]
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What’s With the Vacant and Blighted Deco Building on North Broad Near Temple?

There's a vacant and blighted building located at 1512-16 N. Broad St. that a couple readers have asked about of late, and with good cause, as it sticks out like a sore thumb. This building is not only a partially demoed shell right on the edge of Temple's campus, but it also has a very unique facade, with wonderful Deco details. This facade led us to believe that the building was constructed in the late [...]
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Aramingo Avenue Project Does What it Can With a Hidden Site

2750R Aramingo Ave. is a huge vacant lot that sits adjacent to the freight lines that separate Olde Richmond/East Kensington from Port Richmond. It's not an accident that it's sitting vacant though- it's served as a buffer between the rail lines and the neighborhood for years, with mature trees mostly blocking the views and barely blocking the sound of the trains. Conrail, perhaps seeking a windfall or alternately trying to avoid owning superfluous real estate [...]
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Eastern Lofts is Getting a New Neighbor on Glenwood Avenue

Developers and builders love right angles for obvious reasons. And the proof is in the pudding, as just about every building you encounter in this town or any other is rectangular in shape. But the lots upon which buildings get built don't always cooperate with a laser level, sometimes due to non-perpendicular streets and alternatively due to non-perpendicular lot lines. Unfortunately for the property at 3029 W. Glenwood Ave., it suffers from both afflictions, fronting [...]
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Two Apartment Buildings Will Soon Rise on Richmond Street

3045 Richmond St. is a bit of an odd property which we would argue has been underused for a very long time. It's positioned on the Richmond Street commercial corridor, right next door to a building that was once a movie theater and has more recently been used as a book shop. And there are plenty of mixed-use buildings in either direction, or simply buildings that are apartment buildings of various sizes. For whatever reason [...]
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We’ve Got Renderings For Fairmount Manor’s Proposed Replacement

Not even a month ago, we broke the news that developers had purchased Fairmount Manor with an eye toward redevelopment. Fairmount Manor, in case you're not familiar, is a low-rise affordable housing development that covers all but a small section of the city block bounded by Fairmount Avenue, Green Street, 6th Street, and 7th Street. Like we told you before, this development has an interesting history, having been constructed in the early 1970s, against the [...]
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