Five Homes Replacing Blight on Etting Street

Just last week, we were discussing a six home project on the 1300 block of N. 27th Street, excited that these homes were filling in a lot that had been sitting vacant for a long while. We didn't know it at the time, but it turns out there are a couple of additional projects under construction less than a block away. We didn't know about these projects when we snapped the photos on the 1300 block, [...]
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Construction is Speeding Along at The National

We were making our way through Old City the other day and it struck us that a new building had sprouted on the 100 block of N. 2nd Street, seemingly overnight. Okay, overnight is a bit of an exaggeration, but it's undeniable that the progress at The National project at 109-131 N. 2nd St. is nothing short of amazing. It was merely half a year ago that we last covered this property, shortly after a groundbreaking ceremony. [...]
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Some Kind of Restaurant Coming to 21st & Reed

On a spring day earlier this year, when we were surely more successful in feeling our fingers, we brought 2101 Reed St. to your attention, noting that the small, triangular property was listed for rent for $1,800/month. We discussed the challenges that a business might experience in this particular building at this particular location, but were cautiously optimistic that a food service business of some kind would eventually wind up taking over the space. And what do [...]
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After Demolition at 31st & Jefferson, What’s Next?

Recent years have brought numerous changes to 31st Street in Brewerytown, and additional changes are in the works. On the 1400 block alone we can point to three different projects, two of which wrapped up this year, with a third just getting started. The completed projects include the Annex @ Brewerytown, an apartment building on the northeast corner of 31st & Master, and the Pointe Brewerytown, a 49 unit building immediately to the north of [...]
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Development Opportunity at 2nd & Cecil B, With Something in the Cards Next Door

A sign caught our eye the other day at the southeast corner of 2nd & Cecil B Moore, posted to a building that was at one time home to a restaurant called the Play Pen. We couldn't tell you how long it's been since the restaurant was in active use, but a look inside of the building would seem to suggest that it's been awhile. A peek inside from the listing The sign on the [...]
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Six Home Development Under Construction on 27th Street in Brewerytown

We were zipping around Brewerytown the other day, following up on some reader tips, when a sign caught our eye at the northeast corner of 27th & Thompson. The sign is posted on a building that has wonderful bones and was probably amazing in its day, but vinyl siding on its bay and corner turret unfortunately take things down a notch. The sign advertises new construction from Design Pro Development, and we were concerned that [...]
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Lincoln Square Coming Along Nicely

It's been over half a year since we last checked in on the Lincoln Square project on the northwest corner of Broad & Washington. A reminder, this project will eventually include 322 apartments, over 100K sqft of retail space, and more than 400 parking spots. A mini-Target and a Petsmart are confirmed as tenants in the new building, and a Sprouts grocery store will take over the historic Philadelphia, Wilmington and Baltimore Railroad Freight Shed on the site. [...]
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Ten New Homes Land on the 500 Block of Hoffman

When a reader tipped us off about a five-home project on the 500 block of Hoffman Street a couple years back, we're embarrassed to say that we didn't even know where to find the street on the map. Through the power of a quick internet search though, we discovered that Hoffman is a skinny South Philly street, appearing and disappearing as it moves east-west between Mifflin and McKean. We noted at the time that Hoffman Street [...]
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Apartment Building Coming on Warrington, Next to the Tracks

Last week, we told you about a student housing project that should soon get started on the 1000 block of S. 51st St., and we made a big deal out of the fact that developers believed that tenants would be willing to cross the Media/Elwyn rail tracks to get home at night. This was an indication to us that developers are looking further and further outside the box in search of property to build that they [...]
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Several Student Housing Projects On Tap Near 19th & Berks

It wasn't all that long ago that we were covering student housing projects in the area surrounding Temple University on an almost weekly basis. Our coverage has fallen off in the last couple years, not because we're giving the area less attention, but instead because the pace of development has slowed considerably. To a certain extent, this is reassuring. We were worried, for a stretch, that the unabated construction of student housing near Temple would eventually result [...]
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