Several Old Buildings Going or Gone on Marston Street in Brewerytown

We've visited the 1300 block of N. Marston St. a couple of times over the years, both times promising some major change on the horizon. In 2015, we showed you three rehabs on the western side of the block and speculated that the former industrial buildings across the street could soon get redeveloped. Earlier this year, it seemed like our predictions were coming true, as we learned about plans for an addition to a former [...]
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Addition and a Restaurant Coming at 18th & Fairmount

We've always had an appreciation for the building at 1801-03 Fairmount Ave., with its curved facade at the corner and its metal cornice above the first floor. We wonder about the building's history, whether there was ever more than just one story at the corner, and what kind of businesses operated here back in the day. Maybe a drug store? A diner? Maybe someone that lives in the neighborhood can help fill in the blanks. [...]
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Another Target Location, This Time in Point Breeze?

1144 S. 23rd St. was home to a church for a long time, but it's been sitting vacant for about a decade. A little over a year ago, we noticed that the building was getting a little bit of work done, mostly interior demolition. We observed that the building had traded in 2015 for $85K and that the new owners were looking to flip it. And flip it they did, finding a buyer at $155K [...]
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Target Opens Its Doors Near the Parkway

It was almost exactly a year ago that Whole Foods abandoned their longtime home on the 2000 block of Pennsylvania Avenue in favor of a larger, fancier space a couple blocks away in the Dalian on the Park building. Before that move occurred though, Target, uh, already had the former Whole Foods location in their sights for yet another mini-Target location, the fourth such location announced in town. And now, after some major renovation efforts, the new Target [...]
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Renovation For an Old Warehouse on Trenton Avenue?

When the factories in the River Wards made Philadelphia the Workshop of the World, Trenton Avenue had a train track running down the middle of the street to better allow for the inflow of raw goods and the outflow of completed products. Most of those factories have now gone dark, and Trenton Avenue has undergone a major transition. Many old warehouse buildings have disappeared, replaced by high end homes. But some remnants of the corridor's industrial past remain, [...]
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Something Coming Soon to Vacant Lot Next to Piazza?

As Northern Liberties continues to trend upward (in terms of prices and retail diversity), it's a little curious that two prominent and enormous parcels remain vacant on the northern side of the neighborhood. Half a year ago, we wondered whether something might be happening with the large triangular lot bordered by Girard, 2nd Street, and Germantown Avenue, but there's been no action there since our last visit. Today we look at the large lot at 1101 N. 2nd St., to the east [...]
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Apartment Conversion For Old Garage on West Passyunk

It seems like, these days, every time an old auto garage changes hands, the new owners look to tear it down in favor of new construction. That's why it's so refreshing to share some news, for a change, about a building that was once home to a car fixin' business that's sticking around because of a residential conversion. Such is the case at 1705 Jackson St., which was looking pretty rough until quite recently. In [...]
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Coffee Shop Planned Near Germantown & Montgomery?

Slowly but surely, we're continuing to see development creep northward in South Kensington. Just the other day, for example, we told you about three homes under construction on the rarely explored 500 block of Morse Street. Today, please allow us to draw your gaze to a large vacant lot right around the corner, where something a little more significant could soon be in store. Zoning notice The zoning notice in the image above relates to [...]
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Space For Rent at 22nd & Christian Corner Store

If things break right, change will soon be afoot for two corners of the 22nd & Christian intersection. We already told you before about plans to demolish the one-story building at the northeast corner and replace it with a four-story mixed-use building with a vegan pizza place on the first floor. That project went to the ZBA earlier this month, but was continued. We're cautiously optimistic that it'll get approved once the ZBA finally hears the case, as it [...]
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Homes Under Construction on Little South Kensington Block

We were meandering around South Kensington the other day, and as we were traveling on the 500 block of Montgomery Avenue, some construction construction caught our eye on a nearby block. This construction is taking place on the 500 block of Morse Street, a block that we bet you'd struggle to find on the map if we didn't already tell you it was near the 500 block of Montgomery. Obstructed view of construction Upon closer inspection, [...]
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