Major Project Planned at Quaker Building at 9th & Poplar

It's probable that you've noticed the large vacant warehouse at 9th & Poplar at some point over the years, and perhaps you've wondered why it exists and whether it could get redeveloped at some point. We've certainly noticed it many times, and back in 2015 we wrote about it and mentioned that it was originally constructed in 1918 as a warehouse for Strawbridge & Clothier. RIP, Strawbridge's. Back when it was still in active use We wrote [...]
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Time To Choose, Redevelopment or Demolition For St. Laurentius?

Saint Laurentius Church was built at 1608 E. Berks St. in 1882, and now there's a growing possibility that the building will not make it to its next birthday. But let's back up for a second, in case you haven't been carefully following this story. In 2013, the Archdiocese closed the Saint Laurentius parish, but intended to maintain the church as a worship site for major events. A year later though, the City made the determination that [...]
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Hiding in Plain Sight, The Ambassador Theater

From the first time we set foot in the Boyd-turned Sameric shortly before it closed, we've had a bit of an obsession with old movie theaters. Numerous beautiful cinemas once dotted the Philadelphia cityscape, but as the years have rolled along, many of those buildings have met the wrecking ball. A handful of survivors have been reborn through adaptive reuse, with examples including the Five Below on the 1500 block of Chestnut and the Bushfire Theatre Company at [...]
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New Apartment Building Will Rise at 30th & Thompson

We were zipping around Brewerytown the other day, sniffing out some leads, when some recent demolition caught our attention at the southeast corner of 30th & Thompson. We've written about this property several times in the past, first in the summer of 2013, when we learned it was changing hands and speculated that it would be redeveloped into town homes or a mixed-use development. A year later, we were unsurprised to learn that MM Partners had [...]
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Broad + Pine, Coming Soon to a CDR Near You

Remember last week, when we told you about an upcoming Washington Square West Civic Association zoning meeting where they were going to hear about a new condo tower planned for the northeast corner of Broad & Pine? At the time that we shared this information, we provided some of the basic details about the project, but found ourselves a little short on details. As the project will be coming before Civic Design Review next month, we now have some more [...]
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Fairmount Avenue Trading Lunch Spot For Doggie Daycare

New Deal Restaurant made its home at 1600 Fairmount Ave. for over a decade, serving greasy spoon fare at relatively reasonable prices while getting atrocious Yelp reviews. The business shuttered in 2015 though, and their space has been available for rent, pretty much ever since. Most recently, the 1,800 sqft space was listed for rent for $5K/mo, with an offer of the first year rent free or $50K in tenant improvement dollars. The space is [...]
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One Franklin Tower is Moving Along Nicely

It wasn't even forty years ago that developers decided to build an awful modernist building at 200 N 16th St., alongside the similarly horrible Sheraton Hotel. These buildings were constructed as part of the unrealized plan for the Franklintown neighborhood, an effort that resulted in a whole lot of eminent domain activity from the City but relatively little actual development. Upon further consideration, we probably dodged an architectural bullet there. Can you imagine how crappy it would be [...]
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Will AC Hotel Finally Move Forward at NFL Films Building?

The Art Moderne-style building at 230 N. 13th St. is easy to miss, sitting on the edge of Chinatown and mere steps from the Vine Street Expressway. But the building has some amazing history to it, above and beyond its architecture, which landed it on the Historic Register back in 2008. The building has been home to three famous tenants in its relatively short lifetime. Originally, it was used by Warner Brothers as a private movie screening location. Starting [...]
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Vacant Leithgow Lot Slated For Redevelopment

We just told you about a possible Trader Joe's coming to Leithgow & Bainbridge, and now we're going to look a couple miles due north, to the corner of Leithgow & Thompson. This property has been sitting vacant for a number of years, even as South Kensington has experienced a dramatic upturn in development over the last several years. The parcel was owned by the City for decades, until the amazingly named Mazal Tov Development purchased [...]
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Trader Joe’s Coming to Queen Village???

Update: The owner of this property read our story and reached out to us, passing along the message that there is no deal with Trader Joe's for this location. Bummer. If you've ever visited Philadelphia's lone Trader Joe's on a Saturday afternoon, you'd surely agree that our fine city could use a second location, or maybe a couple more. The parking lot is a disaster. The line winds its way around the store, sometimes extending all the way to the entrance. People [...]
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