Hotel Weirdness Continues at 10th & Arch

932 Arch St. has certainly experienced a strange decade. We first covered this property back in 2012, sharing the news that the one-story building would be growing by five stories, with the newly renovated building containing 20 apartments and some office space. It didn't take long before construction got started, but for whatever reason, work froze for a couple years. We checked in on the building in 2017, and the facade of the building had [...]
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Second Quarters Coming Near Rail Park, Insert Change For a Dollar Joke Here

As we've said on more occasions than we can count, we are none too fond of surface parking lots. Of course, there are worse things out there than surface parking lots, like storage facilities, slaughterhouses, power plants, and coal yards. 1201 Callowhill St. then, is a rare case where a property's existence as a surface parking lot is actually a step up from its historic use. In this case, the property was a coal yard [...]
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Church Going Residential at 4th & Cambridge?

The building at 1150 N. 4th St. was originally constructed as Saint Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, dating back to the end of the 19th century. According to historical maps, the building transitioned to housing a "Singing Society" in the mid-1900s, but more recently it has gone back to being a house of worship, the 2CMC Church. This congregation, which touts itself as the a church of love, anointing, and unity, looks like it will soon be relocating [...]
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Row of Homes Under Construction Near 6th & Susquehanna, and There’s More to Come

6th & Susquehanna is a bit of an odd location to see development these days. It's a little too far north and east for Temple student housing. And it's a little too far north and west for South Kensington / Norris Square market rate development. And yet, when we were passing by this intersection the other day, we spied a row of new homes under construction on the 2100 block of Fairhill Street. We were [...]
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Apartment Building and Duplexes Will Replace Deli Company in South Kensington

1307 Germantown Ave. covers almost an acre in the southern section of South Kensington, but it's quite possible that it's never caught your eye. The sizable property has frontage on both Germantown Avenue and N. American Street, but neither side is especially notable, with corrugated metal fencing on the western side and some slightly more attractive metal fencing on the east side, joining a low slung warehouse building. Emils Gourmet, a deli meat manufacturer, has been based here for a [...]
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Clothing Store on Germantown Avenue Looks Like an Old Theater… But It Isn’t

We were making our way from North Broad Street to Northern Liberties the other day, and decided to take the path less traveled, taking Germantown Avenue pretty much the whole way. As we sojourned, Leo's Apparel at 2705 Germantown Ave. caught our eye. We noticed this business not because we need a new suit (though that's probably a good idea too), but because of the somewhat unusual nature of its signage. The sign for the business [...]
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Rehab on Frankford Looks Like a Rubik’s Cube

Stop us if you've heard this, but Frankford Avenue is a happening place these days. Remarkably, this hasn't been the case for very long at all. When Frankford Hall opened its doors back in 2011, Frankford Avenue was littered with vacant lots and old industrial buildings which were still used for industrial purposes. Fishtown had just started a meteoric rise in terms of development, and as new neighbors moved to the neighborhood in droves, the corridor [...]
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American Metals Building Will Disappear Soon From Girard Avenue

Though it may seem these days like everyone and their brother is a real estate developer, it's actually a pretty risky way to make a living. As we've described many times over the years, the zoning process introduces a tremendous amount of risk to any development, adding a layer of community involvement and political input from District Councilpeople that increases timelines and generally leads to lower density, increased parking demands, less height, and diminished commercial activity. [...]
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Apartment Building Rises Next to Wissahickon Septa Station, With Parking For Some Reason

One of the most attractive features of Manayunk and Roxborough is the proximity and reliability of the Manayunk/Norristown Regional Rail line. Running every half hour during rush hour and every hour during off times, this train will get you downtown in 15-20 minutes, depending on your departure and arrival stations. This is better than driving into Center City for a number of reasons, avoiding I-76, eliminating the hassle of parking, and reducing your carbon footprint. [...]
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Will We See a Six Story Mixed-Use Building at York & Aramingo?

The sizable property at 2636 E. York St. has a lengthy industrial history, as you might suspect from looking at it. Turning the clock back to the 1800s, Washington Flint Glassworks made its home here, later giving way to a business called Auto Parts Salvage Company. Gotta love a business with a name that clearly describes what it does. In recent years, the old warehouse was painted blue and Kirk Kredell Hardware operated here, a local [...]
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