Santucci’s Growing And Turning Red on North Broad

On our way to snag some photos and grab lunch from a food truck on Temple's campus yesterday, we happened upon some renovation activity taking place on North Broad Street. A Santucci's location opened at 655 N. Broad St. a couple years back, taking over for another (surely inferior) pizza spot. We believe the building was originally built for some industrial purpose, but it's been used for food service for many years. At one point, and perhaps [...]
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After Successful Appeal, Lawsonia Building Will Be Demolished

As we were writing about the upcoming project at 10th & Spring Garden yesterday, we visited the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation website to see whether the organization had posted any info about how the community responded to the project. We came up empty on that front, unfortunately. But we did discover something else of interest on the PCDC website, a reference to a significant project in the pipeline for the 1100 block of Spring Garden. Looking [...]
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Seven Unit Building Getting Framed on Amber, Near Frankford Avenue

When considering investment opportunities, many developers prioritize by-right projects because those projects allow for a streamlined process and don't involve compromises with a community group or negotiations with the ZBA. Not to say that either of those factors are inherently bad, but from a developer's standpoint they represent added risk. For any project, going through the zoning process adds at least three months to the timeline and in some cases could set a project back for much longer. [...]
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We Got a Rendering of the Proposed Building at 10th & Spring Garden

Maybe six weeks ago, we told you that developers had purchased a surface parking lot and a building on the southwest corner of 10th & Spring Garden, and were planning to build an eight-story mixed-use building. This was exciting to us in a few different ways. First, we're always pleased when a surface lot disappears and a building rises in its place. More important though, is the potential impact on the area. We've followed, with some interest, [...]
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Apartments, Not Mixed Use, Planned at American & Cecil B Moore

It's likely you've found yourself on or around American Street at some point, and perhaps you've noticed that it stops and starts on its way north-south, between 2nd and 3rd Streets. North of Girard Avenue, American Street takes on a very different character than it does in the rest of the city, widening considerably and accommodating numerous industrial uses along the way. The street eventually narrows and some homes start to pop up along the [...]
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Six Story Apartment Planned For 5th Street, Just Above South

The restaurant Tiramisu occupied the double wide property at 528-30 S. 5th St. for a number of years, offering what the proprietors referred to as Jewish-Roman food (whatever that means) just a few steps off of South Street. The restaurant shut its doors a few years ago, but the business and the building have been on and off the market for many years. There's an old listing that goes all the way back to 2002, offering the business as [...]
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Student Housing Seemingly Crossing the Tracks on 51st Street

We've provided a staggering amount of coverage of student housing's northern push in West Philadelphia, telling you about countless new projects extending to Haverford Avenue and beyond. With some of the prospects drying up to the north, it seems developers have taken a new shine to opportunities to the west and southwest, as we've seen a few different projects under construction past 50th Street and south of Baltimore Avenue. We discovered something new and different [...]
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Log Cabin in Northern Liberties is For Sale, Will Probably Be Demolished

In a city full of architectural curiosities, the log cabin at 872 N. Lawrence St. is one of the more unusual and unexpected buildings you'll see. We've wondered about it for many years, confused about how a home fit for Abraham Lincoln landed on this Northern Liberties corner. Now, thanks to a recent story from Philly.com, we finally have some answers. Log Cabin House You might think that this building was constructed back in the [...]
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Warehouse Gone on the 200 Block of Tasker

For a rather run of the mill block in Pennsport, we've spilled considerable a considerable quantity of e-ink about the 200 block of Tasker Street. Over the years, we've told you about a new mansion on the block, plans for a sizable residential development that hasn't happened yet, and a warehouse on the verge of redevelopment. And lo, here we are today, revisiting the last property on that list. Over the summer, we noticed a construction [...]
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Three New Homes Have Appeared, Across From Konrad Square Park

Fishtown's Konrad Square Park is a wonderful oasis of green space, just a block off of Frankford Avenue, with nearly an acre of trees and grass. The park is named for a firefighter, Joseph Konrad, who unfortunately lost his life in a fire on Tulip Street back in 1984. This space was originally home to a carpet mill and homes, but was eventually converted to green space, we think sometime in the 1980s. Today, the [...]
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