Development Opportunity on Frankford Avenue?

Back in the day (and by that we mean like ten years ago), things were radically different on the Frankford Avenue corridor than they are today. As the years have fallen off the calendar, Frankford Avenue has become one of the premier commercial corridors in Philadelphia, with an enviable mix of small businesses that make it a crucial aspect of life in the neighborhood and a destination for people who live elsewhere. A mere ten years [...]
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Sergeant Street Homes Shedding Their Skins After About a Decade

For many decades, until around 2008, a pair of industrial buildings covered the property at 2304-18 E. Sergeant St., despite the fact that the immediate surrounding area is primarily residential. Given the industrial history of the neighborhood, this wasn't an unusual situation, but we nevertheless have to think that most neighbors would have preferred the sight of homes over the sight of these worn down structures. Even back in the mid-aughts, we imagine that at least a [...]
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Put in Your Two Cents About the Future of Washington Avenue, Probably

Washington Avenue is many things to many people. For contractors, it's a centrally located hub where they can pick up building materials and illegally park in the median with relatively little fear of getting a ticket. For the building supply companies that sell stuff to those contractors, it's a wide street that's accessible for eighteen wheelers and allows for easy double parking when customers are picking up materials. For pedestrians and bikers, it's a terrifying [...]
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New Mixed Use Building For Sale at Ridge & Girard

The property at 1811-13 Ridge Ave. has been sitting vacant for at least the last twenty-five years. This was not an unusual sight for most of those years, as Francisville was in a severely depressed state, with the Ridge Avenue corridor beset by blight and vacancy. Of course, it's old news at this point that Francisville has undergone a dramatic transformation over the last decade or so, with a ton of new residential construction throughout [...]
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Two Homes Have Disappeared Near Markward Playground

Though they looked different, the two homes at 403 and 405 S. 26th St. had a fairly classic Fitler Square look to them. The northern home had a white stucco front with black window trim and and a matching and intact original cornice. The southern home had purple shutters and a pergola you could see from the street. Neither home was particularly special architecturally, yet they fit in perfectly with the rest of the neighborhood. In [...]
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Sweet Renderings For Adaptive Reuse Coming to 12th & Wharton

You may recall, a couple weeks back, we told you about plans to renovate the building at 1201 Wharton St., which would represent a new chapter for a structure that's had a number of uses over the years. As we told you previously, we believe the place was built as a storage facility for a grocery business, eventually transitioning into an auto garage, as shown in the black and white photo below. In recent decades, the building [...]
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Another Third Floor Setback Fail, This Time in Grays Ferry

The introduction of a new zoning code in Philadelphia in 2012 resulted in numerous positive outcomes. The new code relaxed parking requirements. It codified the involvement of community groups in the zoning process. It dramatically reduced the number of enumerated building uses, simplifying permit application and plan review. And there's some other good stuff in there too. But since it was written as both a planning document and a political document, it also resulted in some odd [...]
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Historic Home on Spruce Street Picks Up a Pergola?

We were making our way through town up 20th Street the other day, and some rooftop work at 20th & Spruce caught our eye. At first glance, we thought it might be an expansive pergola- but objectively, this didn't make a lick of sense. View of the building This ain't a pergola, folks- it's a fourth floor addition. And it's frankly this fourth floor addition has been a long time coming. The building was constructed as a [...]
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Demo Notice Means the End of the Line for a Mike’s Car Care?

A reader reached out to us the other day, having noticed a demolition notice posted on a building just south of the intersection of 9th & McKean. The suspicion here was that a sizable project was in the works, since this corner is dominated by an auto shop called Mike's Car Care. Certainly, when we visited the property, that was our initial expectation as well. We saw a demo notice Looking west on Emily Street Auto [...]
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Explaining Some Steel Near Grays Ferry Avenue

1100 and 1102 S. 27th St. sit just a few steps away from Grays Ferry Avenue. These properties have been sitting vacant for at least twenty-five years, which is consistent with many other properties in this part of town. Also consistent with other properties around here, they're now being redeveloped. But this redevelopment isn't proceeding as one might expect. View of the property As we've commented previously, the vast majority of the development we see [...]
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