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Chubb Office Tower Will Replace Parking Lot at 20th & Arch

You may know this by now given the hundreds of times this has come up previously, but we are none too fond of surface parking lots, most especially in and around Center City. So it was with delight that we reported in April on the lot at 2000-24 Arch St. making a turn from parking to office. We knew at the time that the historic gas station currently on site would make a shift north [...]
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400-foot Residential Tower for Parking Lot Near 36th & Chestnut

On the blocks around Penn, we continue to see new, varied, and sometimes surprising examples of multi-family development. Chestnut Street alone is responsible for over 1,300 units across several blocks in the 40s, with other redevelopment slated to the east on Chestnut with a new Target coming to the front of the Brutalist treasure International House. At 3615-35 Chestnut St., a modest surface parking lot will be making a change to something big, though given [...]
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40th & Walnut McDonald’s Getting New Digs with an Office Addition

Bah-dah-bah-bah-bahhhh, we're loving it..."it" in this case being all of the McDonald's related development news coming out lately. Let's add the McDonald's at 3935 Walnut St. to the list now, as this low-rise building that's stood on Penn's campus for 50 some years is in store for some Super Sizing. There has been an incredible amount of development in the greater University City area as of late, and it appears that there's more to come. [...]
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Signs of Activity Near the Tracks for Curvy Logan Square Tower Proposal

As we make the shift from summer to fall, we try to appreciate the remaining warm, sunny days before the inevitability of cold, dark, rainy evenings enter our day-to-day lives. And what better place to do that than along the glorious Schuylkill Banks? We are apparently not alone in that thinking, as huge projects are popping up all along Center City's western waterfront. One such project is proposed at 2301 JFK Blvd., where we reported [...]
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Project at Former McDonald’s Will Fill a South Broad Gap

Fast food restaurants are quickly going the way of the dinosaur in Center City, with the McDonald's that once stood at 914 S. Broad St. as a prime example of how tastes change. It was back in February of last year when we told you that this McDonald's, which had been operating since the 1970s, would not have their lease renewed. Since then, the building has been torn down and the property now sits empty [...]
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Park at Penn’s Landing Gets Final Design Approval from Art Commission

After first setting our eyes on a vision nearly a decade ago, it appears that a final design is in place for the long awaited Park at Penn's Landing, which will dramatically replace the hot and hardscaped Great Plaza. After several years of updates and iterations, engineering and approvals, the Philadelphia Art Commission recently gave unanimous and resounding approval to the final design to the park. This is a hugely crucial step to turning this [...]
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Apartment Tower Giving Spring Garden Street a Fresh Feel

It was just the other week when we made our way to the corner of 5th & Spring Garden in Northern Liberties, where a 300+ unit apartment tower appears on the verge of getting started on the southeast corner. Immediately catty-corner, a project we checked on back in February is starting to round into form. 382 residential units are joining an Amazon Fresh grocery store in what is one of the biggest land-use improvements in [...]
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63 Units to Replace Bland Buildings Behind Philly Traffic Court

We've never been to Philadelphia Traffic Court personally (due to our impeccable driving record), but we are very familiar with its large presence on the 800 block of Spring Garden Street, across from the recently demolished Spring Garden Station. However, the area just to the south of the Traffic Court building is a bit of a mystery, as it consists of a hodgepodge of low-rise buildings and short streets that disappear from block to block. [...]
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Whimsical Arches Under the Tracks Join Busy Fishtown Block

"Whimsy" probably isn't the first word you think of when it comes to the El tracks that hover above Front Street, and for good reason. It's the El! It's a sun-blocking steel superstructure that we all wish could be buried! Fortunately, things are getting a bit less grave on the 1700 block of N. Front Street in the near future, and maybe even a bit whimsical. Evil Genius Beer Co. is already on this block, [...]
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Update: A Walkthrough of the Brand-new Renderings for Calder Gardens

It was only a week ago when we dropped new renderings for the eagerly anticipated Calder Gardens, a brand-new gallery coming to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. We had some idea of what was to come, but details were scant, which was especially intriguing giving the unorthodox design featuring a mix of structured subterranean galleries and lush gardens to showcase Alexander Calder's works. But thanks to a recent submission to the Art Commission, we now have [...]
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