Gretz Brewery Finally Ready For Another Round?

Considering its industrial history, South Kensington has numerous white elephants, though the former Gretz Brewery at 1524 Germantown Ave. might be the most obvious. We first wrote about this crumbling collection of industrial buildings back in 2012, sharing some history about the brewery that once occupied the property and wondering about its future. We noted, at the time, that South Kensington was seeing a burst of interest from developers and speculated about the potential for adaptive reuse or [...]
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Former Jeffries Theatre, Masonic Temple Going Residential

At the corner of Conarroe Street and Manayunk Avenue sits a building that obviously has some history to it, even if we can't find any old pictures. This edifice, located at 344 Conarroe St., was originally built in 1928 as the Jeffries Theatre. While it certainly isn't as architecturally impressive as many other theaters built during those years, it was surely an appreciated amenity in the community and we have to think that it got [...]
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Apartments, Not Hotel Rooms, Coming to the 1400 Block of Callowhill

The 1400 block of Callowhill is about to level up, just a few years after undergoing an initial and significant change. For decades, this block was dramatically underdeveloped, home to a mere three buildings and an ocean of surface parking. In 2016, Parkway Corporation and the Hanover Company partnered to build a pair of buildings at the intersection of Broad & Callowhill, bringing a combined 300+ units and some retail in a project called Hanover North Broad. The larger western building [...]
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Paper Factory Lofts Project is Resuscitating a Historic Building on Berks Street

Perhaps you've noticed 173 W. Berks St. at some point over the years and wondered about its history. From the looks of the building, it's clear it was constructed at some point in the 1800s, when Kensington was a manufacturing hub known as the Workshop of the World. There are plenty of leftover factories from that era in this area, though this is surely one of the finer examples you'll see, and even though the [...]
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Wanna Build a Duplex on a Triangular Grays Ferry Avenue Lot?

Do you want to be a real estate developer? Have you got an appetite for vacant land on Grays Ferry Avenue? Do you dream about owning a property that's immediately next door to a meat wholesaler? Buddy, have we got the property for you. Consider, if you will, 2701 Ellsworth St., which seemingly checks all of these boxes. This property is triangular in shape and covers 787 sqft, and has been used for billboards for [...]
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Apartments Coming to Former Love Kingdom Fellowship Church Site

Roughly three years ago, we told you that developers had purchased 1009 S. 3rd St., which had been home to Love Kingdom Fellowship Church for a few years, and before that the Nazareth Baptist Church for a few decades. The building was constructed, we believe, in the early 1980s, and was designed by Harold Wagoner, whose firm designed over 500 churches in the 20th century. We often write about older and more historic churches getting demolished, and this was a rare example [...]
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Demolition Ongoing at 10th & Washington, Addition Seemingly Upcoming

We've covered 943 Washington Ave. a couple times in the past, wondering if and when this underused property might level up. Back in 2013, we discussed the history of the buildings at this site, sharing that they had been constructed by a coal company in the early 20th century before transitioning to an auto shop by the 1950s. As far back as we can remember though, these buildings were used for the sale of mattresses [...]
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Addition Coming For Non-Historic Building on Market Street?

Old City is one of the most prominent historic districts in Philadelphia- after all, it has 'old' in the name of the neighborhood! A swath of the neighborhood was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972, likely in anticipation of the Bicentennial. As we mentioned just the other day, the neighborhood wasn't added to the local register until 2003. We're pretty sure that until 18 years ago, developers were allowed to demolish any building in Old [...]
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Cameron Square is Evolving Again and Getting Denser

Ah, the seemingly cursed Cameron Square project at 19th & Wylie- could it finally be moving forward? Here's a refresher on this property, in case you haven't been taking notes over the years. In 2010, the Hankin Group bought this 1.5 acre lot from the City for $900K, controversially winning the right to buy the property over another developer. We first wrote about this site back in 2013, describing a plan for 69 units. In 2016, nothing had happened here, but [...]
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New Apartment Building on 2nd Street Will Fill a Surface Lot at Last

Not to beat a dead horse here, but we're none too fond of surface parking lots. We get it, people come into Philadelphia from out of town and street parking is not sufficient. And those cars have to go somewhere. Downtown though, parking garages are infinitely preferable to surface lots, which are never an efficient use of limited and highly desirable real estate. Small surface lots, like the one at 36-42 S. 2nd St., are [...]
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