Northern Liberties Corner Swapping Huge Yard For Giant Homes

The Aretz family moved to N. 4th Street in 1995, at a time that Northern Liberties looked rather different than it does today. The Piazza was still years away. 700 Club and Standard Tap hadn't yet opened their doors, and the first show at the Fire wouldn't happen for four more years. Liberty Lands was just an empty space. And many of the old industrial buildings in the neighborhood were either still in use or sitting vacant. [...]
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New Developments Abound in Roseville, Part II

A few days back, we covered some of the ongoing projects happening in Roseville, AKA the area northwest of Penn's campus that's seen an explosion in new construction over the last several years. Today we have a few more projects to bring to your attention, starting with a giant development on Chestnut Street. The Next LVL, lvling up It’s quite impossible to miss the largest construction site in old Roseville- Alterra's 6-Story, 287-unit, modular-built apartment building [...]
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New Buildings Change the Landscape on the 700 Block of Carpenter

Given its prominent Bella Vista locale, you wouldn't necessarily expect a whole lot of change on the 700 block of Carpenter Street. Despite experiencing a few huge projects in recent years, this neighborhood is incredibly well established and we simply don't see that many development opportunities around here. Sure, maybe the occasional one-off, but multiple projects on a single block is not the norm. And yet, three different projects have absolutely changed things on this [...]
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A Slim Home Indeed Has Appeared in the Heart of Northern Liberties

We were making our way through Northern Liberties the other day and stopped in our tracks as we approached the corner of 4th & Poplar. 907 N. 4th St. has been a vacant lot for a very long time, decades at least, but a new home has appeared here in the last couple months. We wouldn't typically bring the construction of a lone home to your attention, but in this case it's worth it, due [...]
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Lots of Construction on and Around Ludlow Street in West Philly

Over the past several years, numerous multi-unit projects have been built in and around University City. The reason behind this is a no-brainer- the proximity to multiple universities, the easy access to transit, and the developer-friendly zoning combine to make an ideal situation for builders who intend to target the multitudes of new residents that show up in this area every fall. This influx of development is also getting bolstered by the University City office [...]
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Last Chance Bar Runs Out of Chances, Gets Demoed

Last Chance Lounge was a corner bar which had a nice run at 1800 W. Girard Ave., though it closed its door permanently a few years back. Looking through some old permits, we see that the building was used as a tavern and tap house for a very long while, at least since the 1960s, and notably in the early 1980s whatever business was there at the time expanded its offerings to the 2nd floor to include disco [...]
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Broad and Washington Northeast Corner Finally Happening?

The intersection where Broad Street meets Washington Avenue should be a trophy intersection in Philadelphia, a proverbial corner of Main and Main. It took a step in the right direction a couple years back when Lincoln Square opened at the northwest corner, adding hundreds of apartments, a supermarket, a Target, a liquor store, and several other businesses to a property that was previously used mostly for surface parking. Despite the apparent success of this development, the even larger [...]
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1-2-3-4-5 New Sixers Arena on the Delaware River?

It was two years ago (but it feels like twenty) that we shared a story that the 76ers would be leaving the Wells Fargo Center at the expiration of their lease, with an eye toward building a new basketball-only stadium at the southwest corner of 30th & Market. Ambit Architecture had designed a gorgeous new building for the local basketball team, and even though the story correctly indicated a number of hurdles to the project, [...]
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Mixed-Use Project on 10th & Girard Getting a 2nd Phase and a New Look

It's been over a year since we last visited the south side of the 1000 block of W. Girard, so it's time for a couple significant updates. Before we look at the present and future though, let's just provide a quick reminder about the history of this property, in case you don't recall. The Althea Gibson Community Education and Tennis Center operated here between 2003 and 2013, providing a safe space for neighborhood children while teaching tennis skills. The facility closed [...]
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What’s Going On at 2nd & Quarry?

We were passing through Old City the other day and noticed what looked like construction activity at 200 Quarry St., a property that's been vacant for a number of years. Despite its recent empty run, the building has a rich history and dates back two centuries, and for much of the 20th century it was home to John Grass Wood Turning Company. According to WHYY, machines from the late 1800s were still being used to sculpt wood [...]
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