Prepared Foods Shop Coming to 11th & Kimball?

A couple of readers have reached out to us of late, wondering about some ongoing construction on 11th Street in Bella Vista. There's been a warehouse at 1011 S. 11th St. going back to the 1800s, surely because of its close proximity to Washington Avenue. We aren't sure about the building's uses over the course of its lifetime, but we can tell you that in the last decade it has been used as a medical [...]
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There’s an Apartment Building Under Construction on Kensington Avenue

Over the last few years, we've covered numerous projects on Front Street, watching as this long blighted corridor has slowly come back to life. Intuitively, Front Street's comeback makes sense, with Fishtown booming on one side and South Kensington rapidly improving on the other. Sure, the sound and shadow of the El will forever hold Front Street back from being the best possible version of itself, but new apartments, restaurants, and other businesses have brought Front [...]
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Hole in the Ground Near 24th & Wharton

We were passing through Point Breeze the other day, and spotted a relatively new hole in the ground on the 2400 block of Wharton Street, very close to Wharton Square Park. As recently as ten years ago, there were a number of vacant and blighted buildings on this part of the block, but those buildings were torn down several years ago and the properties have been sitting vacant, awaiting redevelopment. A new single family home at 2411 [...]
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JT Riley Lumber Redevelopment Finally Happening?

As recently as fifteen, twenty years ago, it made sense that J.T. Riley Lumber Co. was located at 3rd & Girard. Northern Liberties was on the upswing, but still maintained many traces of its industrial past. Girard Avenue was a major barrier, with South Kensington effectively considered the "wrong side of the (trolley) tracks." Now that we think about it, there was so much construction in the Northern Liberties, a lumber yard was probably pretty convenient for the builders. These [...]
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Whoa, 14 New Homes on the 2200 Block of Wilder

What a difference a couple years have made on the 2200 block of Wilder Street. You may recall, we visited this block in early 2016 and it was in pretty rough shape. The notable feature on the block was a huge vacant lot on the south side which we assumed was entirely composed of City owned land. Looking west on the block, in the past But we were wrong! The City owned only three of the eleven [...]
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Project Coming, Finally, to 26th & Poplar?

We last visited the 26th & Poplar intersection about a year ago, when we told you that construction was getting started on the northeast corner on a pair of mixed-use buildings with a combined 12 units and 3 retail spaces. We were thrilled that the property was getting redeveloped, but were a little bummed about the nature of the project. A couple years prior, we'd heard about plans to redevelop an old industrial building at [...]
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Duplexes Will Plug Frankford Ave. Gap Near PBC

We would posit that Frankford Avenue is one of the great success stories of the current real estate cycle. If we turn back the clock even a decade, this corridor was nothing to write home about, a mix of corner bars, industrial buildings, vacant lots, and a smattering of local businesses. We don't have to tell you that Frankford Avenue has traveled light years in a very short time period, with more new businesses than we [...]
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Several Old Buildings Going or Gone on Marston Street in Brewerytown

We've visited the 1300 block of N. Marston St. a couple of times over the years, both times promising some major change on the horizon. In 2015, we showed you three rehabs on the western side of the block and speculated that the former industrial buildings across the street could soon get redeveloped. Earlier this year, it seemed like our predictions were coming true, as we learned about plans for an addition to a former [...]
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Addition and a Restaurant Coming at 18th & Fairmount

We've always had an appreciation for the building at 1801-03 Fairmount Ave., with its curved facade at the corner and its metal cornice above the first floor. We wonder about the building's history, whether there was ever more than just one story at the corner, and what kind of businesses operated here back in the day. Maybe a drug store? A diner? Maybe someone that lives in the neighborhood can help fill in the blanks. [...]
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Another Target Location, This Time in Point Breeze?

1144 S. 23rd St. was home to a church for a long time, but it's been sitting vacant for about a decade. A little over a year ago, we noticed that the building was getting a little bit of work done, mostly interior demolition. We observed that the building had traded in 2015 for $85K and that the new owners were looking to flip it. And flip it they did, finding a buyer at $155K [...]
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