Mama-Tee Pop-Up Grocery Store is Coming to Montrose Street

A reader reached out to us the other day, wondering about a little building that had recently appeared on the 1700 block of Montrose Street. Historically, 1703 Montrose St. was home to a single-family home, but we see some L&I violations from 2019 which indicate that the home became structurally unsound at some point, resulting in its demolition. Interestingly, a vacant and blighted building sat next door at 1701 Montrose St. for several years, getting [...]
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7-11 Closing Near Front & Girard, Apartment Building Planned

We've been at this blog writing gig for a long time, and with all the years that have gone by, we've seen numerous properties go through different iterations, warranting multiple stories over time. With today's post, 23-29 W. Girard Ave. will join that exclusive club, perhaps setting the record on longest time between stories. Way back in October of 2011, we told you that 7-11 would be opening at this location, replacing a shuttered combination KFC-Long John Silvers [...]
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Yet Another Building Planned in the Southernmost Section of Northern Liberties

It was a big week (on Zoom) for members of the Northern Liberties Neighbors Association interested in big projects in the neighborhood. As we've already detailed, the community group saw presentations for a pair of game changing projects this week, with a 14-story building planned at 2nd & Spring Garden and a 23-story building coming to 2nd & Willow. But they also saw a presentation for one more huge project, also located in the southernmost section of the [...]
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Four Triplexes Coming Next to a Sweet Mural on N. 2nd Street

We were making our way through South Kensington recently, and some active construction on the 2100 block of N. 2nd Street drew our attention. Historically, the properties at 2130-36 N. 2nd St. were used for housing. In recent decades though, property values sank in the neighborhood and old buildings were demolished over time. 2130 N. 2nd St. has been vacant for a number of years. On 2132 and 2134 N. 2nd St., a former property owner [...]
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Renderings Make Expected Southern Northern Liberties Projects Feel More Real

Last week, we gave you the heads up about plans for two sizable new buildings on the southern side of Northern Liberties, in an area currently dominated by light industrial and commercial buildings. To refresh your memory, those plans call for a 14-story building with 355 units and 105 parking spots at the corner of 2nd & Spring Garden, and a 23-story building with 397 units and 106 parking spots at 2nd & Willow. We told [...]
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Surface Lot on the Outs at 3rd & Lombard, Parish Hall is Coming

We've said it over and over again that we don't much care for surface parking lots. Whether it's in the heart of downtown Philadelphia or in the farthest reaches of the city where land values aren't so high, there's pretty much always a higher and better use for a property than putting cars and only cars on it. An fine example of prominently located underuse can be found on the northwest corner of 3rd & [...]
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East Market Clone Coming to Southern Northern Liberties?

Market East has, for years, been the redheaded stepchild neighborhood of Center City. Despite its terrific location in the core of downtown Philadelphia, it's traditionally been lacking in terms of housing and amenities, compared to say, Logan Square or Wash West. It always puzzled us that numerous tourists would stay in hotels near City Hall, but that commerce couldn't find a way to thrive on the blocks of Market Street linking that area with the [...]
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Two Apartment Buildings Coming to 52nd Street in Kingsessing?

The last decade or so has seen a huge burst of development in the neighborhoods west of the Schuylkill near Drexel, Penn, and University of the Sciences. These areas have seen countless new projects sprout up, permanently changing the face of many blocks in the rings around these educational institutions. Mantua, Walnut Hill, Spruce Hill, Squirrel Hill, Cedar Park, and West Powelton have all experienced major changes, and it appears that development is continuing to spread outward as [...]
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New Chancellor Street Building Going to the Historic Commission

A reader tipped us off the other day, noting that the property at 2008 Walnut St. would soon be coming before the Historical Commission. At first, we assumed that this meant that developers would be copying the overbuild projects on the 2100 block and the 2200 block. Or perhaps some other kind of alteration? Alas, it didn't take us long to realize that the handsome facade at 2008 Walnut St. won't be changing a lick, nor will the [...]
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Soko Commons Inching Along, Duplexes Coming to Randolph Street

A nice-sized multi-family development near 5th & Norris is progressing, but things are moving a little slower than we might have expected. A reminder, a project called Soko Commons is currently under construction at 2004 N. 5th St., a site that's been vacant in recent years and was a scrap yard a couple decades back. The property is quite large, with frontage on 5th Street and Reese Street, and the project will bring two triplexes [...]
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