Progress at Cambridge & Corinthian, Plus Renderings

In the spring, we asked you to take a look at 909 Corinthian Ave., noting that MM Partners purchased the five-story building in 2018 and renovated it into 22 apartments. We also shared some of the history of the property, noting that it dated back over a hundred years and was originally constructed as nurse housing for Lankenau Hospital, which operated across the street until 1953. Finally, we mentioned that the developers weren't yet through with this property and had started [...]
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How Much of a Shoddy Looking Industrial Building Should Be Preserved?

Perhaps you've noticed, there's a building at 1700 N. Howard St. that looks generally awful, but if you look carefully at the former industrial building, you can tell it's got great bones. And indeed, it has a fascinating history, having been constructed about a decade after the end of Civil War, for use as a decorating plant for the Franklin Flint Glass Works of Gillinder & Sons. The main building, located at the corner of Howard Street & Cecil B. [...]
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Demolition at 19th & Bainbridge, With More Demolition on the Horizon

Though it feels like seven years ago (thanks COVID), it was only seven months ago that we shared some upcoming development news for the southeast corner of 19th & Bainbridge. As we told you then, the Foreign Mission Board (FMB), a non-profit which operates numerous mission stations in Africa, the Caribbean, and Central America, had its offices at 701-703 S. 19th St. since at least the 1930s, in a humble pair of buildings that belied their good [...]
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Urban Oasis on Latona Street is Demoed, Ten Home Project Coming

Unless you live nearby as we once did, we don't know why you'd ever find yourself on the 700 block of Latona Street. But let's just say, for fun, that you stumbled upon this block after a cheesesteak at Pat's at some point in the last couple decades. If that happened, the sight of 706-24 Latona St. would have surely surprised and confused you. Despite the nearly 13,000 sqft size of the property, you'd see only two homes, [...]
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Wow, Apartments and Market Coming Soon at Germantown and Dauphin

7th Street, Dauphin Street, and Germantown Avenue all intersect at a point, creating a triangular property to the south which is currently sitting mostly vacant. Historically, a rooming house called the Washington Hotel stood here, operating until the 1970s, when it was torn down. There are some industrial buildings still standing on the southern side of this property, but they've clearly seen better days. In a different location, we might say that this property is ripe [...]
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Hotel Replacing a Mansion at 3rd & Walnut?

We confess, we never really paid attention to the home at the southeast corner of 3rd & Walnut. Even though this corner is in historic Society Hill and sits mere blocks from Independence Hall, the home at this address was somehow only built in 1999 on a property that had been used as a parking lot since the 1950s. Before then, a rather handsome building stood here, once housing the offices of the Delaware Insurance [...]
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300 Block of W. Girard Losing a Restaurant, Will Eventually Gain Another

We've always been a little confounded by the property at 342 W. Girard Ave., which you might know as the home of Trios Pizza. This parcel is quite large, covering over 8,000 sqft, but the building on the property covers only about half of the land, with the rest used for surface parking. Not for nothing, but it's not so common for a neighborhood pizza joint to enjoy so much dedicated parking in this part [...]
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Longtime Surface Lot at 21st & Lombard Will Finally Disappear

2100 Lombard St. is a very desirable property, located on the edge of Fitler Square and just a few short blocks away from the heart of Center City. And yet, for whatever reason, this property has been building free since at least the 1940s and has been used at a surface parking lot since the 1950s. Granted, this area wasn't as compelling from a real estate perspective as it is today until maybe 20-25 years ago, [...]
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Church Property Pivoting to Student Housing in Mantua

Student housing will seemingly continue its inexorable march up into Mantua, as plans are coming down the pike for the redevelopment of a large site on the 3300 block of Fairmount Avenue. We can't say it's altogether shocking that such a project would be forthcoming, given the amount of new construction that's been creeping further and further north from Drexel and Penn, but we're still taken a little aback by something so large and so [...]
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DRWC Selects Durst Organization to Redevelop Penn’s Landing

A couple weeks ago, the Philadelphia real estate and sports worlds were both abuzz as we learned that the owners of the 76ers were one of the groups vying for the privilege of redeveloping the sites on either side of Penn's Landing in a project that would relocate the team to a new arena on the Delaware River. Over the last couple weeks, we have learned that three other groups were in consideration, including Hoffman & [...]
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