Soko Commons Inching Along, Duplexes Coming to Randolph Street

A nice-sized multi-family development near 5th & Norris is progressing, but things are moving a little slower than we might have expected. A reminder, a project called Soko Commons is currently under construction at 2004 N. 5th St., a site that's been vacant in recent years and was a scrap yard a couple decades back. The property is quite large, with frontage on 5th Street and Reese Street, and the project will bring two triplexes [...]
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New Apartment Building Coming Next to Box Factory in Fishtown

The Box Factory is a four-story apartment building at 21 E. Columbia Ave., located a few steps away from the El and a few more steps away in the other direction from Frankford Avenue. As the name suggests, the building was once home to a box factory, more specifically the Cardboard Novelty Company. Prior to its use as such, the building was home to a hosiery mill and before that a carpet mill. From what [...]
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Storage Facility Makes Some Sense on Grays Ferry Avenue

Pop quiz - kindly locate 3145 Grays Ferry Ave. on a map. Logic would suggest that it's the Hertz property on the north side of Grays Ferry Avenue, just east of I-76 and 32nd Street. We're sorry to say, that's not it. Instead, 3145 Grays Ferry Ave. is the wedge-shaped property immediately to the west of I-76, and curiously, just west of 32nd Street. For whatever reason, there are no properties with an address on the 3200 [...]
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Demolition on Germantown Avenue Near the Grocery Outlet

We had an errand to run in Chestnut Hill the other day, and figured we'd take the scenic route, taking Germantown Avenue through Mount Airy. We confess, we don't find ourselves in this area all that often, but we suspect we'll be spending more time in these parts moving forward, given the amount of ongoing development activity. One fine example can be found at 6552 Germantown Ave., where three buildings are currently being demolished. In [...]
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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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