Another Five Story Building in the Works for West Girard

Slowly and surely, the West Girard commercial corridor has taken a series of positive steps over the last handful of years, as developers have rehabbed old buildings and built new ones, and numerous businesses have opened up. Despite this, there are still plenty of empty storefronts on the corridor, and a bunch of vacant lots as well. If the owners of 2616-18 W. Girard Ave. get their way though, one of those lots will soon disappear in favor of [...]
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Warehouse Going Topless on North American Street

We were in South Kensington the other day and noticed some significant bracing on the side of a large warehouse on Philip Street. This seemed a little odd to us, to we decided we'd investigate. We quickly realized that the building stretches all the way to N. American Street, hence the 1621-45 N. American St. address, and we also learned that for a number of years the building housed a refrigeration company. Bracing on Philip St. View on [...]
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Will People Buy New Homes Next Door to a Firing Range in Pennsport?

The 100 block of Greenwich looks like many other 100 blocks in Pennsport, starting off commercial and industrial and then transitioning to residences as you move to the west. As real estate has become more dear in Pennsport though, we've seen multiple examples of these old warehouses and commercial buildings getting demoed and replaced by new town homes. So it comes as no surprise that something along those lines appears to be in the works on Greenwich [...]
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Theatre Exile Building Looks As Expected, And That’s a Good Thing

If you've visited Columbus Square Park at any point in the last year, you might have noticed some serious construction activity on the northwest corner of 13th & Reed. Perhaps you remember, this address was previously the site of a two story warehouse which was used as an auto garage, storage for mummers paraphernalia, and the home base of Theatre Exile. Though it was plenty functional, the building was all sorts of ugly. So it [...]
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Delayed For Years, Philadelphia’s 2nd Casino is Finally Happening

Much to the chagrin of the tourist business in Atlantic City, Pennsylvania legalized casinos via the 2004 Pennsylvania Race Horse Development and Gaming Act, which resulted in over a dozen standalone casinos in PA. As you're probably well aware, the state issued two Philadelphia casino licenses, to Sugarhouse, on the Fishtown waterfront, and to Foxwoods, on the river next to Pennsport. Sugarhouse opened its doors in 2010 and has seemingly been successful, even expanding its footprint a [...]
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Maybe Double Check Those Reservations at the Society Hill Sheraton

We're in the middle of a hospitality renaissance in Philadelphia, with several new hotels opening over the last few years and a few more still on the way. Off the cuff, we can remember the openings of Hotel Monaco, the unfortunately designed Home2 Suites, the Aloft Hotel on North Broad, the Cambria Hotel on South Broad, and the Fairfield Inn in the old Parker Hotel, and there have definitely been others. And like we said, there are additional [...]
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Will a Pair of Six-Unit Buildings Replace an Old Brewerytown Garage?

The 1500 block of N. 28th St. presents an interesting microcosm of the rapidly changing state of Brewerytown. The eastern side of the street is a mix of older homes, garages, and a few sizable vacant lots, while the western side of the block offers a mostly intact collection of older homes, many of which possess some wonderful original architectural details. But changes are happening on both sides, with a triplex under construction on the east side [...]
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Wondering About Four Big New Homes on Waterloo Street

A reader reached out to us the other day, having noticed a quartet of new homes on the 1700 block of Waterloo Street. For those unfamiliar with this street, we feel you. It's one of those north-south streets that appears and disappears as you make your way through North Philadelphia, with the 1700 block being the very first block of the street. It runs between Howard and Mascher Streets, and if we may be more general for people that [...]
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Six Homes Will Fill Long Vacant Space on Trenton Avenue

If you've ever driven through Fishtown or East Kensington, it's possible you've found yourself junking up your alignment on the cobblestoned Trenton Avenue. The lack of traditional paving on this street gives a hint about its history, but you'd be forgiven if you didn't know that Trenton Avenue had rail tracks running down its middle once upon a time, terminating at at a rail yard that's now the site of the Kensington High School for [...]
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Demo Notice Appears at Former Auto Garage on Lancaster Avenue

We've been at this for a number of years, and have written thousands of posts about projects all over Philadelphia. With all that content, we sometimes lose track of whether we've previously covered a property or not. It gets especially frustrating when we find out about something happening with a property and feel like we definitely covered it previously, but can't find any old posts on the subject. Makes us feel like we're going a little crazy, [...]
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