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Yet Another Backyard Building Behind a Historic Home in Roxborough

We've been spending all sorts of time lately up and down Ridge Avenue, from West Poplar all the way out to Roxborough. Of late, we've seen several proposals on the western side of this arterial street, with a small stretch seeing a number of very similar approaches, entailing backyard additions to existing buildings. So, what is leading to these additions? Why the Ridge Avenue Thematic Historic District of course, which protects a large number of [...]
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Wilt Street is the Center of Two Fishtown Townhome Projects

Even though it's not technically on the Philadelphia street plan in this part of town, Wilt Street in Fishtown is a moniker that shouts Philly. The Big Dipper from Overbook, the legendary Wilt Chamberlain, always comes to mind whenever we hear the name. When researching the history of the street that pops in and out of the grid from the Delaware River through deep West Philly, we found out The Stilt was actually named for [...]
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Ten Residential Stories Coming to 22nd & Walnut Street

The Rittenhouse neighborhood is widely considered to be one of the premier parts of town, so it comes as no surprise that people want to live there. That being said, some parts of the neighborhood feel rather underdeveloped, or at least like they could take some steps toward higher and better uses. One such block is the 2200 block of Walnut, where a gas station takes up a good chunk of the block, and some [...]
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Grab A Piece Northern Liberties’ Disappearing Industrial History

Northern Liberties once held its own against Brewerytown as the brewing center of Philadelphia during its industrial heyday. Ortlieb's Brewery, for example, operated in the neighborhood from the 1860s up until the early 1980s - a nice little 120-year run. Ortieb's Bar at 847 N. 3rd St. is one of the few reminders of what once stood here on this block. Which brings us to the properties at 823-29 N. 3rd St., which are just [...]
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Progress Looking Fine on Vine Street in Old City

Old City is not usually considered a development hotbed like other areas of the city such as Fishtown, Brewerytown, South Kensington, Germantown, University City... and the list goes on and on. However, three different multi-family proposals on the 200 block of Vine St. are providing plenty of action in what we'd consider to be the sleepier northern side of the neighborhood. Let's start off with 214-20 Vine St., where a 29-unit apartment building replacing a [...]
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A “Towering” Apartment Building Coming to Chew Avenue in Mt. Airy

In many parts of the city, the rowhome is the standard housing unit and is part of what makes Philadelphia the "City of Neighborhoods," as the saying goes. This is mostly due to the city's zoning code, which determines what is permitted to be built in given areas. We won't go into all of the exciting details for each category, but we can tell you that a height limit of 38 feet covers most residential [...]
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Another Apartment Going Up Near the Train Tracks in Southwest Philly

When we recently heard about a new project at 4820 Chester Ave., we thought it felt a bit familiar. This property sits right across from the 49th Street Station on the Media-Elwyn line, and something has been in the works here for over three years. We had considered covering it previously, but decided to hold off until we could get some more info - and now thanks to a recent Cedar Park Neighbors presentation and [...]
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Apartments Will Replace Slightly Scary Building Near La Salle

The pocket of Philly near La Salle University is not an area we typically find ourselves in. It can at times feel cut-off from the rest of the city due to the rail tracks on the southeastern and southwestern sides of the area. Even with Wayne Junction and some upcoming projects just a short distance away, we had to get our bearings straight when we saw 1950 E. Logan St. come onto our radar. If [...]
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“The Ben” Finally on the Way at Corner of 2nd & Race

Despite being one of the more established and central neighborhoods in town, Old City has seen more recent building than one might expect. A surprising number of developments have popped up, ranging from single family homes to residential towers with hundreds of units. The buildings at 160-64 N. 2nd St. on the southwest corner of 2nd & Race have held out against redevelopment, despite a couple proposals that have come and gone over the years. [...]
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Update: New Renderings and Progress for Chinatown Projects

In December of last year, we had a busy couple of weeks on 12th Street in Chinatown. First, we filled you in on two projects already underway at 225-27 N. 12th St. and 245 N. 12th St., just down the block from each other. We had elevations at the time, and a little bit later, we saw a massing rendering from RM Development. Let's start on these first, as we have a rather exciting update. [...]
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