Here’s Your Chance to Build an Apartment Building Next to Delilah’s

The property at 500 N. Columbus Blvd. is huge, covering about two acres and encompassing a collection of buildings that were originally occupied by the Philadelphia Warehousing and Cold Storage Company. The buildings were constructed over a couple decades in the late 19th and early 20th century, and were collectively added to the local Historic Register quite recently. The historic designation is not only based on the architecture of the buildings representing a link to the [...]
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Apartments Coming to Triangular Parkside Corner?

Parkside is one of our favorite Philadelphia neighborhoods for a few reasons. First, it sits next to Fairmount Park, hence the name. Not only does the section of Fairmount Park next to Parkside include wide open green space and countless mature trees, it also contains what little is left of the US Centennial Exposition, held in 1876, 'natch. Memorial Hall, home to the Please Touch Museum, is one of those vestiges. Memorial Hall, image from [...]
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Years Later, Building is Growing Next to Vine Street Expressway

305 N. 15th St. is both blessed and cursed in terms of its location. On the positive side of the ledger, it's extremely close to downtown Philadelphia, with Love Park and City Hall a mere three blocks away. It's steps off of North Broad Street, which means that it's not only walkable for Center City, it's also got terrific access to public transportation, with a Broad Street Line stop just around the corner. On the [...]
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Another Apartment Building Upcoming on the 200 Block of Vine

It appears there's another project on the horizon on the 200 block of Vine Street, and this one has a little bit of everything. The site in question covers 207-213 Vine St., which is now a surface parking lot, a contributing historic building at 209 Vine St., and a double-wide non-contributing building at the corner of American & Vine. It's a little tough to see the buildings on the site through the trees, but we [...]
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Proposed Building on E. York Gets Stubbier, Maybe Likelier

We first brought 2504 E. York St. to your attention back in early 2020, you know, just before the world turned upside down. At that time, we told you that developers had purchased this property and were planning to tear down a pair of homes and build a new mixed-use building in their place. That building was going to rise five stories and include 24 apartments over retail. But the property is zoned for single-family use, [...]
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Cool Looking Apartment Building Will Be a Nice Addition to Midvale Avenue

Most of our development coverage is tilted toward greater Center City, in case you haven't noticed, and it's for good reason. First, we know that most of our readers are located in or near downtown, and we want to give the people what they want. Also, the city as a whole is in the middle of a construction boom, but the majority of that boom is taking place in the middle of town. Finally, we're [...]
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Veterinarian and Animal ER are Coming Soon on Washington Avenue

There's a nondescript warehouse at 2100 Washington Ave., with peach painted stucco on its Washington Avenue facade and exposed cinderblocks running down 21st Street. The site has predictably been used for industrial purposes for many years, with the current warehouse built over two phases in the 1980s, replacing another warehouse that stood here previously. Since the Reagan administration, the property was used for the distribution of roofing and siding material, by Ivan Supply Company. Times are changing on [...]
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One Water Street Getting A Neighbor on the Waterfront

300 N. Columbus Blvd. has, somehow, been sitting undeveloped for about a century. The property covers about an acre and a half and has been used as a surface parking lot for decades. Before that, it was used a rail yard for the Reading Railroad, dating back to the early 20th century. It wasn't so long ago that its continued use as a surface parking lot made some modicum of sense, while waiting for the [...]
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Broad & Girard Swapping CVS for a Mixed-Use Building

Earlier this year, when we were making our predictions for 2021, we expressed our belief that North Broad Street would continue its upward trajectory this year, with a major nexus at Broad & Girard. We noted several projects ongoing and upcoming in all directions, and also hinted at an unknown development at the southwest corner, a site that's been a CVS for about twenty years. It surely made sense to build a standalone CVS building at Broad & [...]
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Northbank is Under Construction and It’s Jaw Droppingly Huge

One of the largest residential developments in Philadelphia history is currently under construction on the Delaware waterfront. The project is called Northbank, and it's located on a roughly 30 (!) acre parcel at 2001 Beach St., on the border of Fishtown and Olde Richmond. Though the property is under the jurisdiction of both neighborhood groups, it's not really located in either neighborhood, given its size and location on the other side of I-95 and behind [...]
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