Unique Trenton Avenue Property Will Turn Into Something More Conventional

Trenton Avenue is a bit of an oddity in the Fishtown/East Kensington area, ostensibly due to its unusual history. The street was originally laid out as a railroad line which went all the way to Trenton, hence the name. The line started (or ended, depending on where you were coming from) at a train station at Front & Montgomery, a property that's now the Kensington CAPA, and eventually became a freight line, shipping goods from the [...]
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More Demolition in Store For the 1700 Block of N. 22nd Street?

The Wharton Centre may sound like a British outpost of Penn's business school, but it was, in fact, a social services organization in North Philadelphia. From its headquarters on 22nd Street just above Cecil B. Moore Avenue, the Wharton Centre offered services to the African American community that included social worker training, arts programming for kids, anti-gang violence programs, and shelter for the homeless, according to a story from Plan Philly. The group became insolvent [...]
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New Developer, Different Plan at Broad & Spring Garden

A little less than two years ago, we excitedly shared the news that something new and exciting was in store for the northwest corner of Broad & Spring Garden. This property is owned by Parkway Corporation, and as you might expect given the ownership situation, it's been used as a surface parking lot for decades. But Parkway isn't just a parking lot company, they are also real estate developers, having built the two Hanover North [...]
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Row of Duplexes Under Construction Near Dickinson Square Park

A reader reached out to us recently, wondering about the ongoing construction on the 1700 block of S. 4th Street, and we had a feeling we'd covered this property previously. And we were correct! Roughly 5 years ago, we told you about the planned demolition of 1709-17 S. 4th St., and discussed the history of the more prominent building at the property. In case you're not in the mood to click through, the larger building was built as a [...]
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Final Phase of East Market is Imminent and Will Replace a Building We’ve Always Loathed

Market East should be one of the most vibrant and desirable neighborhoods in Philadelphia. With its location in the heart of downtown, everyone should want to live there- but that hasn't really been the case, historically. We don't know that we can pin down exactly why Market East has lagged behind just about every other Center City neighborhood, but we can definitely point to signs that the area is emerging from its slumber, and with a [...]
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Apartment Building in the Works at Broad & Bainbridge

The first mile of North Broad Street beyond City Hall is currently in the middle of a staggering transformation. Perhaps the lynchpin of this progress is the redevelopment of the Divine Lorraine, the wonderful building at Broad & Fairmount that sat vacant and blighted for years until it finally reopened as an apartment building in 2017. The other pillar is the long blighted Metropolitan Opera House, which reopened this year as a concert venue. Several apartment buildings [...]
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Little Home Appears at 20th & Kater as Bedford Cafe Saga Finally Comes to a Close

As it has gentrified over the years, the Graduate Hospital neighborhood has become a bedroom community, of sorts, for downtown Philadelphia. Historically, and similar to other South Philly neighborhoods, there were numerous corner commercial establishments in Grad Hospital, but as the years have rolled along, we've seen quite a few buildings shift from mixed-use or commercial to fully residential. The latest disappointment was on 22nd Street, where an old laundromat has gone away, with plans to replace [...]
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Could We See Student Housing at 22nd & Diamond?

Historically, the 2200 block of N. 22nd St. was entirely residential, with a few dozen twin homes with enormous backyards. As we do mean enormous. In greater Center City, lot sizes are generally in the 1,000 sqft range or smaller, even though minimum lot size standards require lots to be 1,440 sqft in size. The lots on 22nd Street were more like 4,500 sqft, which are more commonly found these days in West Philly neighborhoods [...]
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Christopher Columbus Charter School Plans to Add Onto Former Sacred Heart School

From 1893 until 2012, the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parochial School occupied the Romanesque building at the northeast corner of Moyamensing Avenue & Reed Street. That's a loooong time. But as was the case with the Holy Spirit School we mentioned earlier this week, the Sacred Heart School was closed a few years ago by order of the Archdiocese, due to shrinking enrollment and a significant reduction in the real estate holdings of the Catholic Church [...]
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Berks El Station is Getting a New Neighbor

The cleverly named Avant Gardens landscaping company made its home at 102 W. Berks St. for some time, from 2004 until sometime in the last few years. In 2011, the owner of the business started thinking about greener pastures (see what we did there?) and put the property up for sale for $450K, eventually reducing the price to $300K, but finding no buyers. To provide you with some context, the property includes a parking lot on Berks [...]
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