From Machine and Grinding to a Contemporary Apartment Building

The project coming soon to 2120 E. York St. is making us feel like we're going crazy, but it has nothing to do with the project per se. At some point over the last several years, we distinctly remember doing a little bit of research about this large industrial property that has been home to Feeherty Machine & Grinding Co. for decades. The property is quite large, covering 13.5K sqft, and goes from York to Arizona [...]
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We’ll Bet You’ve Never Heard of Wrightsville

Anyone traveling towards the Gaslands above and below the Passyunk Avenue bridge may notice a small set of rowhouses set between a whole slew of industrial sites. This forgotten neighborhood has stood isolated from the rest of the residential parts of the city for its entire 150+ year existence and it has a name-- Wrightsville. Overhead view In the 1860s and 70s, oil refineries started popping up along the east side of a curve of [...]
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Car Dealership Slash Apartment Building Planned at Front & Fairmount

With Philadelphia's real estate boom humming along for longer than anyone might have expected, we're seeing several examples of long stalled or seemingly abandoned projects reappearing on our radar and actually coming to fruition. For example, there's the mixed-use development at 18th & Washington, first presented in 2011, which came back to SOSNA just this week. Or the southwest corner of 23rd & South, where a project was denied several years ago at the ZBA, which [...]
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Attack of a Killer 3rd Floor Setback on Amber Street

We were traipsing through East Kensington yesterday and happened upon some new construction at 2447 Amber St. which caught our attention but not in a good way. We'd been on this block a few times before, most recently a few months ago when we told you about Letterly Green, at the corner of Amber & Letterly. Somehow though, we never noticed the long vacant lot at 2447 Amber St. mixed in among the row of [...]
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Updates on Both Sides of 5th & Bainbridge

It wasn't even a month ago that the City posted the CDR packet for 419 Bainbridge St. online and we finally got some insight into what's in store for this sizable and well located property. To review, the developers are planning a six-story building with a Target on the first floor, a parking lot on floors 2-4, and 48 apartments on floors 5-6. We expressed some disappointment with the plan, as we had previously expected [...]
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Years Later, Renovation and Reuse at 23rd & South

In their 1963 song "South Street," when the Orlons referred to the "hippest street in town," they were unquestionably referring to South Street on the eastern side of Broad. We don't remember quite that far back, but according to our memory, South Street East has always dominated South Street West in terms of energy, pedestrian traffic, and the sheer number of businesses. And that will probably continue to be the case in the future, though South Street [...]
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Dock Street Brewery Expanding, Opening New Location on Washington Avenue

It was maybe a few weeks ago that Mrs. Fox's car started making some funny noises, so we took the car over to our favorite auto garage in town, Sodi Brothers, just south of 22nd & Washington. It was the middle of the day and we were banging on the garage door for a few minutes before a neighbor passed by and broke the news that Sodi's was gone, and might open again in West Philly. We [...]
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Hurry Up and Wait on the 700 Block of Carpenter Street

It's been a minute since our last visit to the 700 block of Carpenter Street, as it last caught our attention toward the end of 2016 when an older two-story home at 729 Carpenter St. got torn down. At the time, we didn't know what was going on with this property, though we suspected that the demolition activity hinted at redevelopment on the horizon. Checking back on the property today, we see nothing has happened just [...]
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Almost a Hundred New Units at Various Stages of Construction Around 5th & Fairmount

The area around 5th & Fairmount captures the present state of Northern Liberties to a T. For far more years than we can remember, the square block surrounded by 5th Street, Fairmount Avenue, 6th Street, and Green Street was dominated by a couple of old warehouses and some surface parking lots. These buildings represented the industrial history of the neighborhood, even though we're pretty sure they hadn't been used for industrial purposes for quite some [...]
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49 Units in the Works, Behind Some Red Homes

There's a half dozen homes on the north side of the 500 block of Jefferson Street which were completed last fall, and you can be forgiven for mistaking them for Philadelphia's latest City Target location. While this shade of red isn't necessarily our taste, the best thing about architecture is that different designs speak to different people, and it's clear that the red works for some people, as folks have come forward and plunked down like [...]
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