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Check it Out: Rendering of the Project Coming to 5th & Bainbridge

A few weeks back, we provided an update on the status of the sizable surface parking lot on the northeast corner of 5th & Bainbridge, noting that progress might finally be imminent for the long underused site. This was our first time writing about the property since the summer of 2018, and we must say, we were delighted that the plans had evolved for the site. The old plan called for a six-story building with [...]
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Former Roxy Project Design Keeps Evolving

Back in November, we told you that developers were under contract to purchase 2021-23 Sansom St., a building which was home to the Roxy Theatre for the last few decades. The listing for the property advertised its turnkey possibilities as a theater and the potential of the vacant upper floors, but let's be honest, a boutique cinema probably didn't make financial sense before the age of Covid, and now such a concept is probably impossible [...]
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Broad and Washington is… Under Construction?!?!?

It was only a few days ago that we issued our annual list of predictions, and as usual, we told you that construction would finally start on the northeast corner of Broad & Washington in the coming year. We've made this prediction several times, but we've sadly never been correct. We've had an eye on this property for over a decade (!), noting way back in 2011 that Dranoff Properties had designs on the parcel, [...]
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Construction Moving Farther Up Lancaster Ave. Than We’d Expect

Lancaster Avenue is a fascinating West Philadelphia corridor which starts on Drexel's campus and ends on the Main Line (okay, technically it ends just outside of Pittsburgh, but we digress). In between, it runs through several working class neighborhoods, including Belmont, Cathedral Park, and Overbrook, before taking a hard turn toward suburbia. The corridor has tremendous potential due to the fact that the street is so wide, it has easy access to a couple of [...]
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Edgewater II Under Construction at Last, Quite a Change From the Original Plan

The western end of the Logan Square neighborhood is home to a few apartment buildings with river views, including Riverside Presbyterian Apartments, Rivers Edge Condos, and Edgewater. Edgewater is the newest of this bunch, having been built around a decade and a half ago, alongside an associated parking garage. You probably don't remember this, but the building and parking garage were only planned as a first phase to a larger project. Back in 2013, we [...]
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Apartment Building Under Construction at 6th & Moore, Behind a Row of Homes

The 600 block of Moore Street has seen some serious changes since our last visit, which was back in the fall of 2019. At that time, an old industrial building took up the entire block bounded by 6th, 7th, Moore, and McClellan Streets. This hulking edifice was ugly as all get-out, and housed a cabinet manufacturer for many years. We were enthused to share the news of the building's imminent demise, as just about anything [...]
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Looking Back at 2021 and Peering Into the 2022 Crystal Ball

2021 is in the books, and it was far from business as usual. Covid looked like it was going away, then not, then yes, now no. Streeteries never went away though, except in the areas where they've been arbitrarily declared illegal. The Eagles were terrible, then not so bad, then awful, and now they're going to the playoffs. Schools were closed to start the year, and have thankfully remained open since last spring. Street sweeping [...]
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Four Homes Will Soon Rise, Replacing Pennsport School of Dance

A reader reached out to us the other day, wondering about some new construction activity at the corner of 2nd & Mountain in Pennsport. This address, 1632 S. 2nd St., was previously the home of the Pennsport School of Dance, which operated for several years out of this rather unfortunate stucco-covered building. Once upon a time there was a theater at this address, and we wonder whether the building was a remnant of that old [...]
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17th & Federal Pivoting to a By-Right Mixed-Use Plan

Almost exactly a year ago, we told you about a plan for a new mixed-use building at the northwest corner of 17th & Federal. About a year before that, we told you that the building at the site was being demoed, and we were delighted because the two-story commercial building had been sitting vacant for a number of years, with a convenience store most recently operating out of the space. The building looked worse for [...]
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Yo, Wanna Live in an Apartment Over a Funeral Home?

You might recall, just last week we told you about a pair of new buildings on the 200 block of N. 12th Street. In case you don't remember the story, the tldr version is this: developers purchased two long vacant lots on this block which have been used by the adjacent surface parking lot for years, which is great because surface parking lots stink and these lots didn't really add that many parking spots anyway. [...]
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