A Storage Facility Near Broad & Spring Garden?

Last fall, we told you that the surface parking lot at 1314 Spring Garden St. had shut down, to our surprise. This was an unexpected development because the lot was clearly getting quite a bit of use before it ceased operations. Overhead view from when the parking lot was in use We reached out to the company listing the property for sale, and they explained that the business model didn’t work anymore for this parking lot [...]
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Eight New Homes Under Construction on Hutchinson Street, Near Snyder

As the borders of greater Center City continue to expand farther and farther from City Hall, developers are giving consideration to properties they might have ignored until quite recently. For example, just earlier today, we showed you an old warehouse at 31st & Jefferson which was torn down in favor of a condo building that's now under construction. Even five years ago, an industrial building was the correct use at that location, but today that's no longer [...]
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Otto Brewerytown Shaping Up at 31st & Jefferson

At the end of last year, we directed your attention to 1501 N. 31st St., noting that an old and unexciting warehouse building had been demolished. This structure had been used in recent years by a company specializing in the sale of suspension parts for cars, and was last used for food truck sales and rentals. And this sort of thing made perfect sense in this part of Brewerytown, an area crowded with old industrial [...]
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Double-Wide Building Available on Fletcher Street in East Kensington

We were meandering around the River Wards the other day and spied a 'For Sale' sign on a building on Fletcher Street, between Coral and Emerald. We couldn't tell you what the double-wide property at 2010 E. Fletcher St. has been used for over the last few years- perhaps someone has been living on the 2nd floor and parking on the 1st floor. Or maybe nobody has been living there, and the first floor has [...]
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Delorean Time Machine: The Flamingo Apartments

The Apartments @ 1220 building at 1220 N. Broad St. has a history much more interesting than its boring mid-20th century facade. This apartment tower, originally known as the Flamingo Apartments, was both lauded in its early days for being the first interracial residential tower in the city, but also derided for being part of a famous scandal related to the Federal Housing Administration. Section 608 of the National Housing Act, added in 1941, incentivized [...]
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Unexpectedly, a Restaurant is Planned at Howard & Thompson

The garage at 1301 N. Howard St. has been around for a long time, and has stored a variety of items over the course of its history. Looking back at the zoning archive, we see that the building was used for truck storage back in the 1930s, then for paper storage in the 1960s. The current owner bought the property in the early 1980s at sheriff's sale, and used it to store ambulances, for a time. [...]
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Triangular Building Goes Missing on East Girard

East Girard is home to several old buildings that add interest and provide personality to the corridor, like the Kensington National Bank turned Wells Fargo branch, or the First Presbyterian Church. That being said, the majority of the buildings on East Girard are older, utilitarian, mixed-use buildings that look like they were built sometime in the mid to late 1800s, with a smattering of new buildings constructed over the last decade. Of course, there are a [...]
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Another Zoning Code Fail, This Time on Taney Street in Brewerytown

From the early 1800s through the beginning of the 20th century, most of Philadelphia's drinking water was pumped out of the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers and stored in reservoirs scattered around the city. In the earliest years, a water pumping station was located in Centre Square, spreading water through the growing city via gravity. The opening of the Fairmount Water Works in 1815 cleared the path for something new at Centre Square, a somewhat famous building that's still around today [...]
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What’s Going on at 2400 Washington Avenue?

A reader reached out to us the other day, having noticed some ongoing but low-level renovation activity at the southwest corner of 24th & Washington. Considering that our office is just a few blocks away, we confess we're a little embarrassed that we needed someone else to tell us about this, but so it goes. With the heads up that there's some work taking place, we did what we usually do in these situations and [...]
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No Puppets or Pallets at Avenue V

It was less than a month ago that we brought 408 Cecil B. Moore Ave. to your attention, noting a zoning application for 146 residential units, 4 retail spaces, and 52 parking spaces. We didn't have much more information at the time, aside from the strong assumption that this project would mean the relocation or end of the line for the pallet business at the property. We also wondered whether the company developing the property [...]
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