Wawa Now Open at 22nd & South

The northeast corner of 22nd & South was home to Omega Pizza for as long as we can remember, offering neighbors a remarkably mediocre slice and a surprisingly diverse, if somewhat overpriced selection of beer to go. Omega Pizza was definitely a throwback, the likes of which would never open at this location in the current business climate on South Street West. So it was not at all surprising, a couple years back, when we learned [...]
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At Last, It Seems We’ll See Some Movement at 2nd & Monroe

We don't typically have much to say about construction in Queen Village, as the neighborhood mostly completed its development boom a couple decades ago and there simply isn't much happening. Compared to Francisville or East Kensington, the flow of projects in Queen Village is but a trickle. With the number of development opportunities quite low in the area, the ongoing saga of 718-24 S. 2nd St. becomes all the more noteworthy. In the past We first brought these [...]
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Could We See Ninth National Bank Make a Comeback?

The Ninth National Bank and Industrial Title and Savings Trust Company buildings at the corner of Front & Norris are very handsome structures that reflect the kind of opulence that banks once projected with architecture in order to make customers feel good about the safety of their investments. If either building were still occupied by a financial institution today, we can't imagine the condition of the buildings would inspire much consumer confidence (FDIC rules notwithstanding). Both buildings have [...]
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Dirt Factory Disappears, Apartments Planned Next Door

Taken literally, the name Dirt Factory sounds like the place where Miracle-Gro makes their soil. And perhaps with a lower-case 'd' and a lower case 'f,' that would indeed be the case. Alternately, it could have been the name of a punk band in the 1970s, and it's quite possible it was, but they were too small to be remembered by Wikipedia. As far as Philadelphia is concerned though, Dirt Factory is a community composting facility on the [...]
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Large Apartment Building Will Overlook Fields at Kensington CAPA

2110 E. Norris St. is a pie-slice-shaped property that sits a few steps away from Front Street, behind the Liberty Choice convenience store and Five Sisters ice cream. It's possible you've noticed the warehouse building on the property as you've traveled down Norris Street, but it's even more prominently viewed from the field next to the Kensington CAPA High School. Someone painted 'Kensington Football' on the side of the building that faces the field a few years [...]
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Changes Afoot For Bella Vista Corner With Some History

The southeast corner of 7th & Christian is home to a building that's clearly got some historic relevance, the Banca Calabrese building. We told you all about this building's history a few years back, noting that it was one of several banks established in the early 20th century that catered to the needs of the immigrant Italian population in the area. The name indicates that the bulk of the bank's customers came from Calabria, at the tip of the Italian [...]
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Already in Progress: Moderna 9 on Leithgow

A reader pinged us the other day, letting us know that a sign is now posted at the corner of Leithgow & Thompson, advertising an upcoming development called Moderna 9 on Leithgow. We told you about this property last summer, noting some zoning notices and lamenting that the developers had purchased the property from a City agency for $150K, roughly half the price it would have sold for on the open market. The zoning notices weren't entirely clear, [...]
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Hale Building is on the Comeback Trail

By the time architect Willis G. Hale shuffled off this mortal coil in 1907, he had designed 115 buildings in Philadelphia. As much as it feels like we're bad at preservation today, things were so much worse before. And as a result, only a handful of Hale's buildings have survived through the years. A few famous examples of Hale buildings we have left include the Divine Lorraine (maybe you've heard of it), the town homes on the [...]
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Orens Brothers Trying Again For a Chestnut Street Apartment Building

We've covered several Orens Brothers projects over the years, like their successful redevelopment of Croydon Hall at 49th & Locust. Shortly after they wrapped that project, we told you about another significant project from this developer on the 4400 blocks of Chestnut and Ludlow Streets. The plans called for roughly 150 units over two buildings, with one structure running from Chestnut to Ludlow and another building on the north side of Ludlow Street, potentially with [...]
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The Point on Federal Would Be Something Altogether Different For Grays Ferry

Once you get past Washington Ave., Grays Ferry Avenue serves a few purposes, like access to Southwest Philly, the location for the neighborhood supermarket, and the site of the "central" post office in 19146. Otherwise, it's nothing to write home about, with fast moving cars and various industrial businesses making the streetscape generally unfriendly for all. It's somewhat analogous to the situation, historically, on Washington Avenue, but we believe that things will continue to change on Washington as [...]
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