Apartments Coming Soon Over Kong’s Auto Repair

We've mentioned a few times previously that we once lived near Pat's and Geno's, a living situation that not only meant the regular scent of sautéed onions on the breeze, but also introduced us to the reliable and reasonably priced Kong's Auto Repair on the southwest corner of 8th & Latona. Back when we lived in the area, about a decade ago, Kong's ran out of the first floor of the building, while a clothing manufacturer [...]
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Unexpected Apartments Planned on Edgemont Street

As we've told you before, Port Richmond is a great neighborhood, if a little off the beaten path relative to downtown. It's got a commercial corridor on Richmond Street that's seeing incremental improvement, while still having several holdover businesses that cater to the local Polish community. It's close to Fishtown but considerably more affordable. And for commuters going to the suburbs or coming to Center City, I-95 literally runs alongside the neighborhood. All of this adds up [...]
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Wait, Is That an Ikea in Northern Liberties?

We were driving across town on Poplar Street the other day and almost crashed the car when the Young Scholars Charter School came into view. This school operates out of old industrial building at 900 N. Marshall St., and the school painted the building grey when they opened their doors several years ago. It certainly wasn't the most exciting edifice in town, but it served its purpose. Hooray for utility! In the past Clearly it doesn't [...]
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Check Out the Renderings For the Upcoming Project at 9th & Poplar

It wasn't even a week ago that we shared, with no small amount of excitement, that redevelopment is on the horizon for the long vacant and blighted Quaker building at 9th & Poplar. We were pleased for a few different reasons. First, that building has seriously been bugging us for years. In addition, we're generally very glad to see an adaptive reuse instead of demolition and new construction, especially for a building with bones so fine. Finally, the fact that [...]
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Pink Accented Apartment Building Coming to Front Street

Another day, another significant project on Front Street. A reader tipped us off last week that construction was getting started at 1229-31 N. Front St., a property which has been sitting empty for about a decade. Sometime around 2007 or 2008, a pair of blighted buildings were torn down at this location. And nobody mourned them at all. Several years ago Yeah, those buildings looked like garbage, making this one of those situations where a vacant [...]
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Zoning Notices on George Street in Northern Liberties

We were walking off a delicious One Shot lunch the other day, and our hearts leapt when we happened upon a couple of zoning notices about a block away. The notices were posted to 243 and 245 W. George St., two lots that have been sitting vacant for as long as we can remember. Just a handful of years ago, this wasn't such an odd sight at this location, as there was a meadow for horse [...]
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Vacant Callowhill Building About to Come Out of “Heiding?”

We've seen an increasing amount of development activity in the Callowhill neighborhood, but some prominent vacancy remains. One example is the Heid Building, at 325 N. 13th St., which has been sitting empty for over a decade. According to Hidden City, the eight-story building was originally built in 1927, after an amazingly short 7-month construction schedule. It's known as the Heid building because it was once home to the Frank P. Heid & Company, a hat manufacturer. [...]
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Duplexes Under Construction Near Thompson Street Condo Building

It was back in May that we drew your gaze to the southwest corner of Hancock & Thompson, where developers were working on an eight-unit condo building. We were shocked though, because every unit was under agreement even though the building was still months away from completion. We now see that half of the units have sold, with prices between $290K and $410K, indicating a very robust market for condos in South Kensington. So really, [...]
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Mixed Use Planned For Former Via Bicycle

Via Bicycle was a fixture in the Bella Vista neighborhood for two decades, operating out of a large space on 9th Street just south of South Street. Earlier this year though, we shared the news that Via Bicycle was moving to a new location on South Broad Street, as their longtime home was listed for sale for a whopping $2.2M. More specifically, that list price not only covered the Via Bicycle building at 606 S. 9th St., [...]
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Three Homes For Narrow Intersection in Northern Liberties

Meandering around Northern Liberties last week, we got caught behind a trash truck and took a turn onto the narrow Saint John Neumann Way to make our way around. You may not be familiar with this street, as it's as narrow as its name is cumbersome. It runs southwest, starting at 3rd Street and ending forever at Poplar Street. In Center City, a street like this would seem like quite an oddity, but in this part [...]
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