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Nine Homes Get New Layout on Historic East Mt. Airy Lot

Did you know that Philadelphia was one of the early centers for American horticulture back in the day? With John Bartram (of Bartram's Garden fame) an early leader of the movement, Joseph Meehan (along with his more famous brother Thomas) would form one of the largest commercial nurseries in the entire country. Joseph started his garden at 109 Pleasant St. in the East Mt. Airy neighborhood back in the 1880s, with a lovely house joining [...]
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Addition Coming for Industrial Building Near the Huntingdon El Station

Not only is the East Kensington neighborhood close to the Market Frankford line, but it boasts an interesting mix of older and historic structures thanks to the former industrial nature of the area. We recently covered one example of a potential reboot right along the tracks, and today we are visiting 1807 E. Huntingdon St. where a former manufacturing building has plans for a reinvention. The two-story former home to Bess Manufacturing Company sits directly [...]
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Steel Above Ground at Former Spring Garden Parking Lot

The Spring Garden corridor that unofficially designates the end of Center City is one that transitions drastically as it moves from river to river. Towards the west, the historic architecture and trees give a quieter feel to the stretch. To the east, huge projects are planned from the Delaware all the way up to 5th Street, which will soon dot the landscape. The center section, however, can still be a bit of a barren stretch, [...]
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Graveley’s Gone: Roofing Company Makes Way for Apartments on 26th Street

Stop us if you've heard this one before: an unremarkable former commercial building in a changing neighborhood is torn down and replaced by apartments. OK, we're aware that we tell this story about once a week or so, but we are here yet again to tell the tale of 909-17 N. 26th St. Parcel A, where Graveley Roofing is currently undergoing demolition. This one block stretch between Poplar & Girard is absolutely teeming with activity, [...]
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Update: Historical Commission Gives a Thumbs Up to The Ben

It was less than a month ago when we returned to 160-64 N. 2nd St. in Old City, when new plans were revealed for the corner of 2nd & Race, which has had plenty of proposals over the years. When we last checked in, plans were still being finalized after a presentation to the Architectural Committee of the Historical Commission were not approved due to a few design concerns from the committee. While we liked the [...]
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Update: Mixed-use Project Moving Ahead on Delaware River Pier

It was little over a month ago when we brought your attention to 709 N. Penn St., currently an overgrown pier that has had several proposals that sadly never came to pass. At the time, we saw that preliminary plans were in place to redevelop the lot, with 61 units slated to rise across a mix of townhomes and an apartment building. Let's hop in the lite version of the way-back machine to check out [...]
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Demo Starts for Newest Addition to Schuylkill Yards in University City

We may have mentioned once or a thousand times all of the life sciences development taking place in the University City section of West Philadelphia. Relevant to that line of reporting, we are excited to share that there's some major movement for 3151 Market St., a new 14-story life sciences building that's rising as part of the massive Schuylkill Yards development. We received a tip from a reader that demo started recently, and when we [...]
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A Holiday-appropriate Check-in Along N. American St.

Given the recent holiday weekend, we couldn't help but think of N. American Street, one of many patriotically named streets in the city. This street in South Kensington has seen an influx of development that is rivaled by few other areas in town. North American Street north of Girard Ave. was one of the least pedestrian-friendly streets in the city forever, with its width seemingly more suitable for a parking lot than a through street. [...]
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From Cold Beers to White Bricks on the East End of Washington Avenue

If you've been to the east end of Washington Avenue, you're likely aware that you're not in Society Hill. But if you used to purchase beer at 129 Washington Ave. at Society Hill Beverage several years back, you may have been fooled if you weren't familiar with your surroundings. We have checked in on this property a couple of times, first in 2015 when plans called for an overbuild of the existing building. In 2018, [...]
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A $6 Billion Update Creates an Entirely New Neighborhood at the Navy Yard

One of the true victories of real estate development in Philadelphia over the last decade or so has been the emergence of The Navy Yard. This industrial area has transformed during these years, as companies have moved in to rehabilitate historic buildings while ground up lab, office and manufacturing space has been completed, with more to come. The Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC) has been leading the way, having put together master plans for the [...]
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