Twenty Eight Units Under Construction Near 26th & Oxford

It had been a minute since we'd visited Brewerytown, so when we found ourselves in the neighborhood the other day, we meandered a bit, looking for any new projects. We happened upon a few, including some initial site work on 26th Street, just south of Oxford. The 1500 block of N. 26th St. is fairly interesting, as it contains a number of homes but also includes several industrial buildings, including a large edifice on the [...]
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Auto Garage Turned Church Getting Demoed on 16th Street

We stumbled upon a Demolition Notice the other day, just a few steps away from the intersection of 16th & Girard. This notice portends an upcoming demolition for a pair of buildings that have housed a church for the last couple decades, though this is no standard church setup. We believe the congregation was initially based in the two-story converted row home at 1221 N. 16th St., but took the opportunity to expand into a former auto [...]
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1400 Block of Germantown Avenue Continues Its Evolution

We're not telling you anything you don't know when we say that South Kensington has changed dramatically over the last decade or so. Despite this neighborhood's close proximity to Northern Liberties, it languished for decades as it attempted to recover from significant disinvestment and an exodus of industry. Things really started to change in the early 2010s, as Fishtown began taking off and developers started looking for properties with almost-Fishtown or almost-Northern Liberties locations but lower [...]
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Addition Planned For Former Auto Garage on Reed Street

Last summer, we shared the grand news that Batter & Crumbs Cafe had opened their doors at 1401 Reed St., in a building that had once been occupied by a tavern but had been sitting empty for a years prior to the vegan cafe taking over. We were optimistic that this business would have a strong presence here for years to come, both due to the fact that the operators also had a wholesale business to sustain [...]
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New Homes Coming Next to New Homes on Webster Street in Devil’s Pocket

The Graduate Hospital neighborhood is probably the poster child for gentrification in Philadelphia over the last twenty years. Turn back the clock to the end of the Clinton presidency, and this neighborhood was home to over a thousand vacant buildings and lots. It's a very different story today, as you could probably count the number of vacant buildings and lots on your fingers and your toes. Any time a property with development potential goes on the market, [...]
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Finally, Progress For a Long Vacant Triangle Near the Divine Lorraine

Every few blocks, Ridge Avenue creates a small or sometimes large triangular patch of land as it stretches on its diagonal path across our precious grid. While the grid makes it easy for out-of-towners to navigate our fair city's streets, we've always appreciated the interest that Ridge creates, from a city planning perspective. Squares and rectangles can get boring, so thank goodness for Ridge and its diagonal brethren, for injecting a little spice into our greene country towne. [...]
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Apartment Building Proposed a Few Steps From Grays Ferry Avenue

Grays Ferry has seen more projects than we can count in recent years, and the type of project has been fairly consistent- low density. We've seen tons of single-family homes and duplexes, and only the occasional small apartment building, with a few on the 2600 block of Federal as the only examples that come to mind offhand. Perhaps this makes sense, since Grays Ferry doesn't really have a commercial corridor to call its own other than Grays Ferry [...]
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Parking Lot on the Outs at 8th & Market?

In case you're unaware, the southwest corner of 8th & Market is a surface parking lot. Has been for decades, actually. Historically, this was the address of the Gimbels department store, which started operating on this block in the late 1800s, and by 1927 occupied a collection of handsome buildings that sold all manner of goods, with a focus on middle class customers. Needless to say, they don't build buildings like this anymore. Maybe 40 years ago In [...]
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Three Homes Planned at 3rd & Queen, Have to Think They’ll Be Fancy

The historic Queen Village neighborhood is home to all sorts of architectural treasures, but it's also got its share of clunkers. Firmly in the latter category are a pair of one-story homes on the southeast corner of 3rd & Montrose. From what we can tell, this property once contained four homes, but those homes were torn down in the first half of the 20th century and the property then sat vacant for quite awhile. In the early 1960s, [...]
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No More Development Possible on a Small Francisville Block

As recently as a decade ago, the northeastern section of Francisville was in rough shape. Years of disinvestment combined with wholesale demolitions of vacant properties during the Street administration had left a tremendous amount of vacancy in this part of the neighborhood. There were numerous blocks where empty lots outnumbered buildings, and many of the remaining buildings were not in terrific shape either. Let's look at the block of 15th Street between Ogden and Parrish Streets as [...]
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