Civic Part II Coming Soon and Will Replace a Surface Parking Lot

Saint Joseph's Hospital had a long and distinguished history, opening its doors at 16th & Girard in 1849 and saving countless lives over the years. The hospital ultimately shuttered in 2016, serving as another example of a community hospital that couldn't survive in the modern health care system in the United States. The hospital property traded quickly, with MM Partners buying it about a year after the hospital shut down. In short order, the developer [...]
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More Questions Than Answers About a Demoed Warehouse on Cumberland

A rather unexciting industrial building appeared at 2508 E. Cumberland St. in the late 1930s, initially with a machine shop operating out of it. In those days, this property was sandwiched between two different galvanization plants, and a major lead paint company was located just around the corner. Over the years, the building at 2508 E. Cumberland St. was used for a few different purposes, with industrial storage, auto painting, and contractor offices covering the bulk [...]
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Bummer Alert: Former Firehouse on 16th Street is Almost Gone

A couple months back, we drew your attention to the building at 752 S. 16th St., upon which a neighbor had discovered a demolition notice. At first we were rather upset, lamenting the imminent elimination of an interesting edifice which was originally built as a fire house but had been used for residential purposes for the last several decades. Upon closer examination of the permits, however, we realized that the developers were only planning a partial [...]
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New Apartments Coming Soon to Lehigh Avenue, With Gas Station Views

Lehigh Avenue is primed to see another addition in the near future, as developers have purchased 2046 E. Lehigh Ave., a building that's been used as an auto shop for the last couple decades. We can't really picture what this corridor was like when the building was constructed around 1950 as a sheet metal fabrication facility, but given the industrial history of the surrounding area and the rail lines just across the street, we have to think that [...]
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Plans Have Changed at 16th & Carpenter, Maybe They’ll Get Move Forward This Time

It's been over a year since we last wrote about 1600 Carpenter St., also known as the Hoa Binh Plaza. For those that don't recall, this property runs all the way to Washington Avenue, but doesn't include the hard corner of 16th & Washington, for whatever reason. A warehouse was constructed here around 1980 and that turned into the shopping center about a decade later, and this quickly became a hub for the Vietnamese and Cambodian communities. [...]
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Big Changes Coming For Liberties Walk, Starting With a New Eight Story Building

Running between 2nd and 3rd Streets and connected by a pedestrian-only path, Liberties Walk arrived on the scene about fifteen years ago, around the time the Piazza was constructed across the street. It's sort of charming but also kind of disarming, with a Disney-ish prepackaged vibe that never really meshed with the surrounding area. Unlike the neighboring Piazza, the Liberties Walk buildings only rise three stories and the development also includes a ton of surface parking. [...]
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Pointy Building Coming Soon at 2nd & Germantown

If you've tried to travel down 2nd Street in Northern Liberties at any point in the last little while, you've probably had a hard time. It's a mess just south of Girard, where the street is closed as three sizable projects are all under construction at the same time. At 1115 N. American St. and 1102 N. 2nd St., Streamline is moving well with two condo projects, the South and North Liberty Triangles. East of 2nd Street, [...]
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Surface Lot Going to the “Wood” Shed at 5th & Wood

You've probably driven past the corner of 5th & Wood a few times, but it's rather unlikely that you've ever found yourself there while on foot. That's because its location is deceptively remote, despite its Center City location. On three sides, the property is adjacent to highway onramps which connect 676 to I-95 and the Ben Franklin Bridge. Perhaps that's why it's been used as a surface parking lot for the last few decades. Surrounded [...]
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Cladding Comes Off the Old Leader Theatre on Lancaster Avenue

Roughly three years ago, we drew your attention to the building at 4102 Lancaster Ave., noting the discount store on the first floor and the metal cladding covering the windows on the upper floors. Nothing about the building's appearance was especially notable, though the metal cladding's red white and blue color scheme did give us some patriotic feels. In the past Love of country notwithstanding, we didn't show you the building because of its modern appearance- we were instead [...]
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Unexciting Adaptive Reuse Planned For Huge South Kensington Parcel

The industrial history of South Kensington has a number of practical effects on the neighborhood's present. Most obviously, the area is home to numerous buildings that were once used for making stuff, and we've seen several of those former factories converted to residential or commercial uses over the last several years. Then there are other former factories which are either vacant or still in use, but there are plans to convert them to another purpose [...]
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