Six New Homes Would Change the 2100 Block of Ellsworth

If you've spent much time in Point Breeze, you've surely noticed the atypical homes on the 2100 blocks of Alter, Ellsworth, Annin, and Federal Streets. As we told you way back in 2011, roughly two-dozen homes were constructed as for-sale affordable housing on these blocks in the early 1980s, eschewing traditional row home architecture. These homes are all two-story twins with driveway parking, gabled roofs, and a healthy dose of vinyl siding. They also happen to [...]
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Rendering For the Upcoming Building at Broad & Bainbridge

It was almost exactly a year ago (though it feels like at least a decade ago) that we brought 701 S. Broad St. to your attention. Back then, we told you that the property had been home to a KFC which closed in 2005 and was unused since then except as a parking lot. The old building remained though, and was covered in some terrific public art at some point in the last few years. [...]
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Robert Purvis House is Finally For Sale, But Who Will Buy It?

A reader reached out recently and gave us the heads up that 1601 Mount Vernon St. is listed for sale. This is exciting news, as the building has quite a bit of history, with some of it dating back over a century and a half, and the rest relating to its slow decline in recent decades. Looking far back into the past, the building was constructed in 1859 and was once home to Robert Purvis, a man that helped [...]
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Massive Project Replacing Fairmount Manor on the Edge of Northern Liberties?

Fairmount Manor is a garden style apartment complex that covers most of the city block bounded by Fairmount Avenue, Green Street, 6th Street, and 7th Street. The apartments were constructed in the early 1970s as privately owned low income rental units, replacing traditional Philly row homes, and were subject to a lawsuit from the neighbors because they not allowed to participate in the planning process for the project. The lawsuit was ultimately successful, but by the [...]
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We Didn’t Expect 32 Homes to be Proposed at 29th & Tasker

On Facebook over the weekend, we learned that developers had something cooking at 2844 Tasker St., which isn't a surprising fact, on its face. As we've seen many times over the last couple years, there's been an increasing interest in Grays Ferry, spreading west from Point Breeze. Most of the development in Grays Ferry has taken place in the northern and eastern parts of the neighborhood, making 29th & Tasker a bit far south and a [...]
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Wanna Buy This Funky House on Porter Street?

A reader reached out to us the other day, pointing us to the listing for 1319 W. Porter St., a single family home in South Philly. Ordinarily, we don't bring random listings to your attention- but this one is truly unique, which might explain why it went under contract after a mere four days on the market. Still, the fact that it was listed at all provides us with a peek within, even if we probably [...]
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Apartment Building Under Construction Behind Billy Penn Studios

Another former industrial property is South Kensington is taking a step toward multi-family, after a brief fling with vacancy. Allow us, if you will, to draw your attention to 528 W. Oxford St., a property that was originally used as a morocco factory. If you're anything like us, you probably don't know what that means, so please allow us to enlighten you. Morocco is a type of leather which is typically made from goat skin and [...]
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Changes Continue at the Corner of 11th & Brandywine

Turn back the clock just a handful of years and the corner of 11th & Brandywine was a fairly depressing place to find oneself. The southwest corner was the back of a gas station, the southeast and northwest corners were vacant and used for surface parking, and the northeast corner was a shuttered industrial building. But there was hope on the horizon. Said industrial building, formerly home to Independence Press, was listed for sale with [...]
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Another Front Street Apartment Building Coming Soon, This Time at Berks

Two changing corridors are crashing into each other as a new project will soon come down the pike at the northwest corner of Front & Berks. Over the years we've detailed several sizable developments on Berks Street, most recently covering a pair of projects on the 100 block which will combine for 28 apartments, 23 townhomes, and some smaller mixed-use buildings. Along Front there are simply too many projects to mention, though the upcoming project at [...]
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Northern Section of Northern Liberties is Being Completely Reinvented

Just a month ago, we told you that Post Brothers had plans to demolish the middle section of Liberties Walk and replace it with a new mixed-use building with 76 units over retail and basement parking. Toward the end of the story, we also noted that the third (westernmost) Liberties Walk building would also be demoed in favor of a smaller mixed-use building with 28 units over retail. We were pleased to hear about these [...]
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