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Surface Lot Will Disappear Next to Barcade, Five Story Building Will Rise

Having grown up in the 1980s and early 90s, we are the exact target market for Barcade. And we must admit, the place is basically catnip to us. If we had no responsibilities and unlimited funds, we'd probably be there every night - and we'd probably find ourselves with dueling weight and drinking problems. But we digress. Yessss X-Men game Something that has struck us with every visit to Barcade is the giant lot at [...]
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Brewerytown’s Bordeaux Building Bets on Bricks, Bringing Better Design Than Most

Back in the summer of 2017, we were excited to share the news that developers had redevelopment plans for the southwest corner of 26th & Girard which called for a bit of scale. 2600 W. Girard Ave. had a building on it at some point, but was sitting vacant since at least the mid-1990s. If the proposal was just for this property, that would have been a solid step in the right direction for this [...]
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Western Side of Northern Liberties Will Pick Up Another Large Home

We don't spill too much virtual ink on the section of Northern Liberties between 5th Street, 7th Street, Brown Street, and Poplar Street, and for a good reason. This area was built up in the 1960s as part of an urban renewal effort in which all of the existing housing stock was demolished and replaced by airlite-style town homes, a la the Northeast. On the plus side, these homes were offered as affordable for-sale properties, [...]
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Affordable Apartment Building Could Fill Lancaster Ave. Vacancy

Last week, we were traveling up Lancaster Avenue to investigate a new project that's planned on the 4400 block. As we headed northwest on the corridor, a large vacant lot caught our eye on the 4100 block. We hadn't noticed the large lot at 4112 Lancaster Ave. previously - perhaps because it wasn't always quite so significant. Historically, this 15K sqft parcel was divided into a number of smaller properties, and until relatively recently, there [...]
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Check it Out: Rendering of the Project Coming to 5th & Bainbridge

A few weeks back, we provided an update on the status of the sizable surface parking lot on the northeast corner of 5th & Bainbridge, noting that progress might finally be imminent for the long underused site. This was our first time writing about the property since the summer of 2018, and we must say, we were delighted that the plans had evolved for the site. The old plan called for a six-story building with [...]
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Former Roxy Project Design Keeps Evolving

Back in November, we told you that developers were under contract to purchase 2021-23 Sansom St., a building which was home to the Roxy Theatre for the last few decades. The listing for the property advertised its turnkey possibilities as a theater and the potential of the vacant upper floors, but let's be honest, a boutique cinema probably didn't make financial sense before the age of Covid, and now such a concept is probably impossible [...]
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Broad and Washington is… Under Construction?!?!?

It was only a few days ago that we issued our annual list of predictions, and as usual, we told you that construction would finally start on the northeast corner of Broad & Washington in the coming year. We've made this prediction several times, but we've sadly never been correct. We've had an eye on this property for over a decade (!), noting way back in 2011 that Dranoff Properties had designs on the parcel, [...]
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Construction Moving Farther Up Lancaster Ave. Than We’d Expect

Lancaster Avenue is a fascinating West Philadelphia corridor which starts on Drexel's campus and ends on the Main Line (okay, technically it ends just outside of Pittsburgh, but we digress). In between, it runs through several working class neighborhoods, including Belmont, Cathedral Park, and Overbrook, before taking a hard turn toward suburbia. The corridor has tremendous potential due to the fact that the street is so wide, it has easy access to a couple of [...]
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Edgewater II Under Construction at Last, Quite a Change From the Original Plan

The western end of the Logan Square neighborhood is home to a few apartment buildings with river views, including Riverside Presbyterian Apartments, Rivers Edge Condos, and Edgewater. Edgewater is the newest of this bunch, having been built around a decade and a half ago, alongside an associated parking garage. You probably don't remember this, but the building and parking garage were only planned as a first phase to a larger project. Back in 2013, we [...]
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Apartment Building Under Construction at 6th & Moore, Behind a Row of Homes

The 600 block of Moore Street has seen some serious changes since our last visit, which was back in the fall of 2019. At that time, an old industrial building took up the entire block bounded by 6th, 7th, Moore, and McClellan Streets. This hulking edifice was ugly as all get-out, and housed a cabinet manufacturer for many years. We were enthused to share the news of the building's imminent demise, as just about anything [...]
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