Big New Home Proposed on Little Hicks Street

720-22 S. Hicks St. is a two-story brick building that was originally built as a carriage house, at least according to an old listing. Going back to the early 2000s, the building was used as an artist studio, a function that probably made sense in this area at that time. At some point, probably around 15 years ago, the building was renovated into a 2 bedroom, 1.5 bathroom home with about 2,000 sqft of living space [...]
Read More »

Residential Conversion Coming Soon For Church of Crucifixion Parish Building

The Protestant Episcopal Church of the Crucifixion was organized in 1847 as the second predominantly African-American Episcopal Church in Philadelphia, settling into a church building at 807 Bainbridge St. in 1884. Architect Isaac Pursell designed the building, which doesn't come as much of a surprise considering that he designed countless churches in the area in the late part of the 19th and early part of the 20th century. The church was ravaged by fire and rebuilt to [...]
Read More »

New Apartments at 5th & Fairmount Would Continue a Trend on the Block

As is the case on several blocks in Northern Liberties, the south side of the 400 block of Fairmount Avenue has seen some major changes over the last decade. Starting at 414 Fairmount Ave. and moving west, all of the properties on the south side have turned over during that time, with new homes getting built and an old industrial building getting converted to apartments. On second thought, there's been one holdout, and that's 633-35 N. 5th [...]
Read More »

Headhouse Square Takes a Major Step Forward, Sans Fountain

Headhouse Square is the historic section of the historic Society Hill neighborhood, encompassing the extra-wide blocks of 2nd Street that run from South Street to Pine Street. Way back in the day, like in the days before America was a country and Betsy Ross was still walking these cobbled streets, this stretch was filled with vendors hawking their wares, and the area was known as New Market. The market was "new," and not to be [...]
Read More »

Apartments Will Finally Fill Longtime Vacancy at 3rd & Christian

It's a profoundly odd thing that the southwest corner of 3rd & Christian has been sitting vacant for over a decade. After all, Queen Village is a highly desirable neighborhood where new construction homes, such as they're built, are selling for seven figures on most blocks. But the past and present at 3rd & Christian are a little unique, and help to explain the vacancy situation. As you're probably aware, the four square blocks from [...]
Read More »

Second Tower in the Works at 5th & Spring Garden

In the last couple weeks, we've shared news about three big projects in the works in Northern Liberties, south of Spring Garden. First we told you about a pair of towers from National and KRE, with 14-story building planned at 2nd & Spring Garden and a 23-story building coming to 2nd & Willow, as part of a combined development plan along N. 2nd Street. Then we told you about plans for a 7-story tower at 5th & Callowhill from [...]
Read More »

Mama-Tee Pop-Up Grocery Store is Coming to Montrose Street

A reader reached out to us the other day, wondering about a little building that had recently appeared on the 1700 block of Montrose Street. Historically, 1703 Montrose St. was home to a single-family home, but we see some L&I violations from 2019 which indicate that the home became structurally unsound at some point, resulting in its demolition. Interestingly, a vacant and blighted building sat next door at 1701 Montrose St. for several years, getting [...]
Read More »

7-11 Closing Near Front & Girard, Apartment Building Planned

We've been at this blog writing gig for a long time, and with all the years that have gone by, we've seen numerous properties go through different iterations, warranting multiple stories over time. With today's post, 23-29 W. Girard Ave. will join that exclusive club, perhaps setting the record on longest time between stories. Way back in October of 2011, we told you that 7-11 would be opening at this location, replacing a shuttered combination KFC-Long John Silvers [...]
Read More »

Yet Another Building Planned in the Southernmost Section of Northern Liberties

It was a big week (on Zoom) for members of the Northern Liberties Neighbors Association interested in big projects in the neighborhood. As we've already detailed, the community group saw presentations for a pair of game changing projects this week, with a 14-story building planned at 2nd & Spring Garden and a 23-story building coming to 2nd & Willow. But they also saw a presentation for one more huge project, also located in the southernmost section of the [...]
Read More »

Four Triplexes Coming Next to a Sweet Mural on N. 2nd Street

We were making our way through South Kensington recently, and some active construction on the 2100 block of N. 2nd Street drew our attention. Historically, the properties at 2130-36 N. 2nd St. were used for housing. In recent decades though, property values sank in the neighborhood and old buildings were demolished over time. 2130 N. 2nd St. has been vacant for a number of years. On 2132 and 2134 N. 2nd St., a former property owner [...]
Read More »
Click here to learn how OCF Realty is adapting in response to the COVID-19 crisis.