A Surface Parking Lot Finally Disappears on Frankford Avenue

The 1300 block of Frankford Avenue is one of the most vibrant commercial blocks in the neighborhood, featuring several food-based businesses that drive foot traffic from inside and outside the neighborhood. La Colombe is a landmark in Fishtown, with a beautiful and cavernous space converted from a former industrial building. But don't forget neighborhood corner pub Fishtown Tavern, or dessert mecca Cake Life, or the terrific Kensington Quarters, among others. With all this good stuff on this block, it's [...]
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Apartment Building Progressing Across From Harbison Dairy Project

Perhaps the most famous architectural marker in East Kensington is the water tower shaped like a milk bottle atop the old Harbison Dairy on the far western edge of the neighborhood. You may recall, this building was designated historic a couple years back and is currently undergoing a massive renovation into a mixed-use building, which will include 86 apartments and retail. As far as we can tell, that project is moving along pretty well. But we're [...]
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Big Foundation at 4th & Cecil B Moore Will Mean a New Mixed-Use Building

In the last couple years, we covered two sizable projects in store for the intersection of Germantown Avenue and Cecil B. Moore Avenue. You may recall, we told you about plans for a project called Avenue V on the southwest corner, including 146 apartments, 4 retail spaces, and 52 parking spots. A little more recently, we briefed you on a pair of new buildings planned for the northwest corner, featuring a seven-story office building and [...]
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Demolition at 8th & Jefferson Means What?

A reader reached out to us the other day, wondering what had happened to the building at the northwest corner of 8th & Jefferson. This building had been home to Victory Through Christ Outreach Ministries, though we suspect the building was originally constructed with a store on the first floor and an apartment upstairs. The years didn't treat the edifice especially well, with small windows filling larger window openings, a mix of stucco and Formstone [...]
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Ongoing Changes For Two Former Churches at 18th & Wharton

It's remarkable to think that the intersection of 18th & Wharton was home to three different religious institutions just a few short years ago, and today there are none. Back in 2015, we told you that developers had purchased the double-wide church on the northeast corner and had plans for two homes. Those homes sold at the end of 2017, each trading at over $500K. Homes on the northeast corner More recently, a little over [...]
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Hoyvin Glavin Check Out These Renderings at 50th & Springfield!

The property at 5013 Springfield Ave. covers nearly an acre, but you'd never guess it just from passing by. Because of the way that the Media/Elwyn train tracks split the 5000 blocks of Springfield and Warrington, there's an oddly shaped quasi-triangle at this address, with minimal frontage on Springfield and a ton of depth along the tracks. For the last few decades at least, this property has been used for storage and parking, but as [...]
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Will People Want to Live at 8th & Callowhill?

Let's take a narrow definition of Center City, and arbitrarily draw the boundaries from South Street to Spring Garden, river to river. Sounds like the most desirable real estate in Philadelphia, does it not? One would think that every square inch of Center City would be in high demand and that anyone would want to live in any area within these boundaries. But... that's not quite accurate. There's definitely one part of Center City that's not so desirable, [...]
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Micro Flatiron Building Coming Soon at 5th & Passyunk

Maybe two years ago, we drew your gaze to 715 E. Passyunk Ave., a triangular parcel created by Passyunk Avenue blazing its diagonal path into 5th Street. We shared a little history of this 1,100 sqft property, noting that it was used as a gas station back in the day, and featured a water ice business much more recently. For more than a decade though, the little commercial building on the south side of the property sat vacant [...]
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All The Thumbs Up For Proposal at 10th & Diamond

If you look around the 900 block of Diamond Street, the scenery isn't exactly top notch. There's a huge PGW property to the south which includes a handsome building that dates back to the end of the 19th century and a sea of surface parking. Looking north is a mix of rough looking buildings and vacant land, and it's the same deal looking east, but with an increasing number of new construction buildings as you move toward [...]
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13 Affordable Units Appear in West Poplar, Thanks to PCDC

For years, we've groused that the Philadelphia Housing Authority owns too much property. To be clear, PHA fills a crucial need in our fair city, providing affordable housing for thousands of people through a combination of housing developments, scattered site housing, and administration of various government programs to reduce rent obligations in non-PHA homes. Nevertheless, PHA has found itself with a surplus of scattered site properties that either need total renovation or are currently sitting vacant, [...]
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