Target Opens Its Doors Near the Parkway

It was almost exactly a year ago that Whole Foods abandoned their longtime home on the 2000 block of Pennsylvania Avenue in favor of a larger, fancier space a couple blocks away in the Dalian on the Park building. Before that move occurred though, Target, uh, already had the former Whole Foods location in their sights for yet another mini-Target location, the fourth such location announced in town. And now, after some major renovation efforts, the new Target [...]
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Renovation For an Old Warehouse on Trenton Avenue?

When the factories in the River Wards made Philadelphia the Workshop of the World, Trenton Avenue had a train track running down the middle of the street to better allow for the inflow of raw goods and the outflow of completed products. Most of those factories have now gone dark, and Trenton Avenue has undergone a major transition. Many old warehouse buildings have disappeared, replaced by high end homes. But some remnants of the corridor's industrial past remain, [...]
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Something Coming Soon to Vacant Lot Next to Piazza?

As Northern Liberties continues to trend upward (in terms of prices and retail diversity), it's a little curious that two prominent and enormous parcels remain vacant on the northern side of the neighborhood. Half a year ago, we wondered whether something might be happening with the large triangular lot bordered by Girard, 2nd Street, and Germantown Avenue, but there's been no action there since our last visit. Today we look at the large lot at 1101 N. 2nd St., to the east [...]
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Apartment Conversion For Old Garage on West Passyunk

It seems like, these days, every time an old auto garage changes hands, the new owners look to tear it down in favor of new construction. That's why it's so refreshing to share some news, for a change, about a building that was once home to a car fixin' business that's sticking around because of a residential conversion. Such is the case at 1705 Jackson St., which was looking pretty rough until quite recently. In [...]
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Coffee Shop Planned Near Germantown & Montgomery?

Slowly but surely, we're continuing to see development creep northward in South Kensington. Just the other day, for example, we told you about three homes under construction on the rarely explored 500 block of Morse Street. Today, please allow us to draw your gaze to a large vacant lot right around the corner, where something a little more significant could soon be in store. Zoning notice The zoning notice in the image above relates to [...]
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Space For Rent at 22nd & Christian Corner Store

If things break right, change will soon be afoot for two corners of the 22nd & Christian intersection. We already told you before about plans to demolish the one-story building at the northeast corner and replace it with a four-story mixed-use building with a vegan pizza place on the first floor. That project went to the ZBA earlier this month, but was continued. We're cautiously optimistic that it'll get approved once the ZBA finally hears the case, as it [...]
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Homes Under Construction on Little South Kensington Block

We were meandering around South Kensington the other day, and as we were traveling on the 500 block of Montgomery Avenue, some construction construction caught our eye on a nearby block. This construction is taking place on the 500 block of Morse Street, a block that we bet you'd struggle to find on the map if we didn't already tell you it was near the 500 block of Montgomery. Obstructed view of construction Upon closer inspection, [...]
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Stone’s On the Outs, Mixed-Use Building On the Way at 17th & Fairmount

Some projects we cover are from way out in left field, like a 32-unit apartment building in the middle of Port Richmond, or a random triplex near 8th & Master. Other projects though, are so intuitively logical that when they finally come around, we find ourselves feeling like we're gonna have a heart attack and die from not surprise. As you might imagine, it's the latter case with this particular story, a plan to redevelop the [...]
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Sixteen Condos in the Works at 17th & Bainbridge

Over the summer, we directed your attention to the northwest corner of 17th & Bainbridge, where we found a demolition notice affixed to the New Light Beulah Baptist Church. We noted that the building was constructed around 1870 as the First Church of the Covenanters Presbyterian Church, but made the observation that the stucco exterior was a relatively recent change. We also pointed out that the building was not listed on the Historic Register, which meant that [...]
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PHA Auctioning Off More Scattered Site Properties

The Philadelphia Housing Authority serves a crucial role in our city, providing over ten thousand units of affordable housing to low income residents. Most of those units are located in large developments, like the Richard Allen Homes in Poplar or the Southwark Homes in Queen Village. But PHA also owns a few thousand units of what's known as "scattered site housing," homes that are located in neighborhoods all over town which are meant to blend [...]
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