Someone Listened to Us and Proposed Eight Homes at 11th & McKean

A little over a year ago, we directed your attention to a large warehouse at the southwest corner of 11th & McKean. Gil's Wholesale operated out of this building for many years, selling candy, ice cream, paper goods, and cigars, among other sundries. In 2016 though, the business picked up and moved to Glenolden. We can only speculate on why this happened, but we'd bet that the reason rhymes with the phrase "mower faxes." With Gil's moving to the 'burbs, [...]
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Plywood Appears on One of Our Favorite Point Breeze Buildings

1900 Federal St. is a three story corner building in Point Breeze that's always had a special place in our hearts. The building was constructed over a hundred years ago, like so many other corner buildings in South Philly, with a retail space on the first floor and residential upstairs. We can't know this for sure, but we'd imagine the family that owned the store on the first floor probably lived in the unit above. [...]
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Dozens More Apartments Coming Soon Near Girard in Northern Liberties

Northern Liberties was once an industrial center in Philadelphia, but completed a transition into a residential neighborhood a number of years ago. A watershed moment for the neighborhood was the demolition of the old Schmidt's brewery near Girard Avenue, and the construction of the Piazza. The Piazza, now known as Schmidt's Commons, is now approaching its 10th birthday, and was joined in 2011 by a small shopping center to the north which is anchored by an Acme. [...]
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What’s With The Row of New Buildings in Forgotten Bottom?

We've had a couple of readers reach out to us in recent months, wondering about some new warehouses that have recently appeared on the 1300 block of Warfield Street. Of the top of your head you might not recognize this address, but you've probably been here many times before. This block is most commonly seen from the corner of 34th & Wharton, where you'll often find yourself waiting at the light to get onto I-76 [...]
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We Snagged Renderings For the Upcoming Project at 26th & Poplar

It wasn't even two weeks ago that we pointed out some zoning notices on the large vacant lot on the north side of the 2600 block of Poplar Street and felt a sense of hope accompanied by a pang of uncertainty. This parcel has been sitting vacant for a bunch of years, owned by the Graveley family, whose roofing business is located nearby. We've thought this property would get developed previously, with a plan for an [...]
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Big Project Coming Soon at Broad & Master?

A reader reached out to us last week with a potentially hot tip for a large parcel on North Broad Street, right near Temple's campus. This person went past 1401 N. Broad St. earlier this month, and spied a large truck on the property that looked like it was performing geotechnical borings. As we've told you previously, geotech work is one of the first steps in the development process, as contractors need to determine the quality of [...]
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Apartment Building Planned For Remote Brewerytown Property

Baby boomers ran from cities in America, but millennials have embraced the urban living experience, if we may generalize. Ask a random baby boomer (and not an empty-nester that's come back to town in recent years) why they choose the suburban lifestyle, and they may tell you that the city is dirty, or that it's cramped, or that it's dangerous. The younger generations that have largely driven the reinvigoration of downtown Philadelphia will instead sell you on the [...]
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After Decades of Vacancy, Demolition at 9th & Locust

Wills Eye Hospital has owned the buildings at 229 and 231 S. 9th St. for decades, along with several additional buildings moving north on the block. Wills Eye is a great hospital with a wonderful reputation, and as such, you'd think that they'd do a decent job of maintaining their real estate holdings. But that has not been the case for these two buildings, which have been sitting vacant for a number of years. In the past [...]
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Spotted: Demolition at Bridget Foy’s

The restaurant business is incredibly tough and impossibly cruel. If we had a nickel for every restaurant that opened and closed in this town over the last forty years... we'd have a staggering number of nickels. Bridget Foy's, located at the southwest corner of 2nd & South, was the exception to the rule. South Street has changed in a host of ways since the restaurant opened its doors in 1978, and Bridget Foy's has been a fixture through [...]
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A One Story Garage Grows Up on Richmond Street

We're not telling you anything you don't already know when we say that Fishtown is one of the most desirable neighborhoods that ring Center City. Because so many people want to live in Fishtown, it's getting to a point that the neighborhood isn't nearly as affordable as it once was. Hence, we've seen an explosion in development in the surrounding neighborhoods, like East Kensington, and South Kensington, and a growing momentum in Port Richmond. As Fishtown has [...]
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