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Apartments Will Fill Vacant Lot Near 29th & Diamond

Now more than ever, we are seeing new development in Strawberry Mansion, and it makes all the sense in the world if you think about it. A section of Fairmount Park is located immediately to the west, providing easy access to a huge stretch of green space. Brewerytown is just to the south, and that neighborhood has absolutely exploded from a construction perspective over the last decade, with hundreds of projects spawning new homes, new [...]
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Pretty Little Mixed-Use Building Under Construction Near Eastern State

Back in the day, a neighborhood laundromat operated out of a building at 702 N. 23rd St., with an apartment occupying the upper floors of the building. The laundromat closed at least a decade ago and new owners bought the property in 2012, but it appears they never found another business to take over the ground floor space. The building changed hands again in 2020, with developers purchasing the former laundromat, the vacant lot next [...]
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Condo Building Under Construction on the 1600 Block of Poplar

A reader reached out the other day, tipping us off to some ongoing construction on the 1600 block of Poplar Street, in Francisville. This block has seen a ton of new construction over the last decade - there were only four buildings on the north side of the block back in 2011 and one of them was sitting vacant and blighted. Today, it's a rather different story, with numerous quadplexes rising on both sides of [...]
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Mambo (Movers) Number Sixteen Unit Building

If you've lived in Philadelphia for any period of time, you've surely heard of local moving company Mambo Movers. Their trucks are everywhere, especially during the summer months when most people are doing their moving from one place to another. They have a memorable logo, with a drawing of two guys pushing a rhino into the back of a truck. And in case you've never visited their website, we highly recommend it as a source [...]
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Mixed-Use Coming Next to Confusingly Named West Market Post Office

Fun fact - the US Post Office West Market branch isn't located on Market Street, but instead calls the 5000 block of Sansom Street home. Eh, it's just a half block to the south, so it's close enough, right? For our money, maybe we'd leave the incorrect street name out of the name of the branch and just name it after somebody, but nobody asked us so here we are. This post office fills about [...]
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Dickinson Lofts Turns an Old Convent Into Rental Apartments

A couple years back, we told you about a potential adaptive reuse project at 2922 Dickinson St., more commonly known as the Saint Gabriel convent. This building was constructed in 1914 and and inhabited by nuns for generations, through the heyday of the Saint Gabriel Parish on the north side of the 2900 block of Dickinson. As you're surely aware, the Catholic church isn't quite the presence in Philadelphia that it once was, and even [...]
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Apartment Building Will Appear Behind Historic Ridge Avenue Building

In a major win for historic preservation in Philadelphia, the Historical Commission established the Ridge Avenue Thematic Historic District in 2018. The nomination, which was written by commission staff, reads like a history book and traces the history of Roxborough back to the days when Ridge Avenue was a Native American trail called Perkiomen Path, and provides countless fascinating nuggets about one of our favorite streets in Philadelphia. In all, this historic district includes 188 [...]
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After Numerous Redesigns, Construction Finally Moving Forward at 4300 Ridge Ave.

Ridge Avenue is one of our favorite roads in Philadelphia. It appears, randomly and seemingly out of nowhere, on the 900 block of Wood Street in Callowhill. Fun fact, once upon a time it started at 8th & Race, but the creation of I-676 wiped out its first couple blocks in the 1980s. From its starting point in downtown Philadelphia, it winds its way through a bunch of neighborhoods, ignoring the grid and alternating between [...]
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Renderings For a Pair of Seven Story Buildings Coming to Chestnut Street

Over the summer, we covered a number of new and sizable projects in store for a stretch of Chestnut Street just west of the University of Pennsylvania. We found out about these projects from zoning meeting emails and zoning permits, so we knew how many units to expect but didn't know how the buildings would look or lay out. But we suspected that we'd have better information eventually, since these projects were sizable enough that [...]
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Triangular Building Under Construction at Ridge & Diamond

We were heading to Roxborough the other day and there was traffic on 76, so we opted to take Ridge Avenue all the way. When you take Ridge from downtown to Roxborough, first you pass through Francisville, then Sharswood, then Strawberry Mansion. Historically, we haven't spilled much virtual ink on Strawberry Mansion, mostly because there hasn't been much to write about in that neck of the woods. But with Brewerytown booming and projects proliferating on the [...]
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