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New Building Coming Soon at 13th & Bainbridge, At Long Last

Walking around Philadelphia in 2021, it's difficult to remember just how different things were around here in the relatively recent past. These days, greater Center City extends from Washington Avenue in the south to Girard Avenue in the north, encompassing neighborhoods like Graduate Hospital, Northern Liberties, and Spring Garden. Go back to the late 1990s and even the early 2000s, and those neighborhoods were filled with vacant lots and blighted properties, and frankly it was [...]
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Bah, Another Storage Facility is Planned on Grays Ferry Avenue

Let's face it, Grays Ferry Avenue is no great shakes. Once it goes south of Washington Avenue, it's pretty much a mix of industrial buildings and vacant land, with the exception of the Grays Ferry Shopping Center. This shopping center, incidentally, is a bit of a retail destination in this part of town, containing a supermarket, a post office, and soon enough, a brand new liquor store. Center City it ain't, but people gotta eat, [...]
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Eleven Stories at 44th & Market?!?

It's been a shockingly long time since the southwest corner of 44th & Market was used for anything resembling its highest and best use. Currently, a Conoco gas station operates at this corner, and it was a BP gas station before that. From what we can tell, the property has been used in this fashion dating back to the early 1960s, though there was also an auto repair shop aspect to the business which is [...]
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New Clarity For the True Gospel Tabernacle Family Church Apartment Project

A couple weeks back, we shared the unfortunate news that the True Gospel Tabernacle Family Church would be vacating their longtime home at 1900 S. 16th St., following in the footsteps of countless South Philly congregations in recent years. That being said, this news was tempered by the encouraging caveat that the historic buildings on the site would be preserved and converted to apartments, and not torn down. As we mentioned before, the church was [...]
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So Long, Roxy Theater… It Was Great While it Lasted

Center City has had a movie theater problem for years, which is almost inconceivable considering the history of downtown Philadelphia, where movie palaces were once as common as haberdasheries. These days, it's almost as impossible to see a movie in Center City as it is to find a nice Stetson. Well, isn't that a fine how do you do! At the moment, you have exactly three options to see a movie in Center City. Want [...]
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Apartment Building Planned, Across From Demoed Spring Garden Station

900 Spring Garden St. is a vacant lot that's been sitting empty since the Carter administration at least, though it was home to a quartet of billboards until just a couple years ago. There were six small buildings on this lot historically, despite its relatively small size, measuring about 3,300 sqft. It made sense that there was such significant density here back in the day, as there was once a bustling train station across the [...]
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Rivers Casino Will Lose Some Parking as Delaware Waterfront Picks Up Some Residents

There was considerable handwringing in the river wards, to say the least, when the PA Gaming Control Board granted a casino license to a group planning a gambling hall at 1001 N. Delaware Ave., at the site of the former Jack Frost Sugar Refinery back in 2006. After a few years and some court fights though, Sugarhouse Casino opened its doors in 2010, becoming the first (and for a long time, the only) casino in [...]
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Eight Buildings Will be Demoed in Spruce Hill, But to What End?

As we were scanning the daily zoning permit report yesterday, we noticed six demolition permits on the east side of the 200 block of S. 44th Street. This was a surprise for sure, as this block contains a row of mostly intact buildings that surely date back to the late 19th century. We say mostly intact because the buildings have been obviously modified over the years, some losing porches, some losing original brick, some picking [...]
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Ten Units Coming Soon on 16th Street, Just South of Ridge Avenue

We recently spied a zoning permit, announcing some upcoming demolition on 16th Street in Francisville. Upon closer examination, we discovered that the plan will result in the demolition of two buildings at 721 and 723 N. 16th St. which have been used as triplexes for the last few decades and before that, rooming houses. We can't say we're shocked to hear about this upcoming demolition, as it's been a bit of a running theme in [...]
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MaKen Studios Continues the Workshop of the World Tradition in Harrowgate

We confess, we don't make our way to Harrowgate very often, as we generally stop on our travels in that part of town once we get to Lehigh Avenue. The Harrowgate name dates back to the late 18th century, but as this story from Billy Penn details, the area is not commonly known by this name and is often considered an extension of Kensington to the south. Its built environment actually has a lot in [...]
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