Addition Coming For Non-Historic Building on Market Street?

Old City is one of the most prominent historic districts in Philadelphia- after all, it has 'old' in the name of the neighborhood! A swath of the neighborhood was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972, likely in anticipation of the Bicentennial. As we mentioned just the other day, the neighborhood wasn't added to the local register until 2003. We're pretty sure that until 18 years ago, developers were allowed to demolish any building in Old [...]
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Cameron Square is Evolving Again and Getting Denser

Ah, the seemingly cursed Cameron Square project at 19th & Wylie- could it finally be moving forward? Here's a refresher on this property, in case you haven't been taking notes over the years. In 2010, the Hankin Group bought this 1.5 acre lot from the City for $900K, controversially winning the right to buy the property over another developer. We first wrote about this site back in 2013, describing a plan for 69 units. In 2016, nothing had happened here, but [...]
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New Apartment Building on 2nd Street Will Fill a Surface Lot at Last

Not to beat a dead horse here, but we're none too fond of surface parking lots. We get it, people come into Philadelphia from out of town and street parking is not sufficient. And those cars have to go somewhere. Downtown though, parking garages are infinitely preferable to surface lots, which are never an efficient use of limited and highly desirable real estate. Small surface lots, like the one at 36-42 S. 2nd St., are [...]
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Will a 36-Unit Building Get Approved on a Large Lot on Pechin Street?

4112 Pechin St. is a rather unusual property in a desirable section of Roxborough, but its atypical character isn't necessarily obvious from the street. The property is nominally the site of a single twin home which has been sitting vacant for a number of years. We see violations dating back at least 15 years, but we also see in the zoning archive that the building was sitting empty in the late 1980s. Perhaps it was occupied [...]
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Blighted Warehouse at 25th & Oakford is Going Residential

There's a four-story building at 2501 Oakford St. which was obviously constructed for industrial purposes, hearkening back to a time in Philadelphia's history when manufacturing played a prominent role in the local economy. The building was constructed in the early 20th century as a factory for Howard Clothes, a men's clothing business that was based in Brooklyn but had a large footprint across the northeast. Consumer Grouch details some of the history of this defunct company, and [...]
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2nd & Christian Project Keeps Getting Denser

The shopping center at the northeast corner of 2nd & Christian sticks out like a sore thumb at this Queen Village corner. After all, this neighborhood is one of the gems of Philadelphia in terms of architecture, and is home to countless beautiful townhomes and numerous examples of older buildings that have been restored and reused over the years. The neighborhood isn't a local historic district like Society Hill to the north, even though it [...]
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JNA Institute Clearing Out from South Broad Street?

Broad Street just south of Washington Avenue has a few different projects under construction at the moment. At Broad & Alter, work has proceeded on a 53-unit mixed-use building which suffered a delay of a couple years between presentation and groundbreaking. A 62-unit building at Broad & Ellsworth has moved at blazing speed since it broke ground a little less than a year ago, but this project also suffered a lengthy delay between initial plans and the start [...]
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Renderings Revealed for Upcoming Building at 5th & Spring Garden

About a month and a half ago, we told you that a big change was in store for 416 Spring Garden St., a 1.5 acre property which is currently home to a one-story building and a surface parking lot. The building has been the headquarters of Northeast Treatment Centers since at least the mid-1990s, offering crucial services to the community in terms of mental health, child support, and addiction recovery. While the mission of this organization is incredibly important [...]
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Challenging Frankford Ave. Corner Swapping Used Cars for Mixed-Use

Back in March, we covered a new project coming to 2401 Frankford Ave., excitedly sharing the news that this corner would soon pick up a new mini-Flatiron building to call its own. At the time, we also discussed this nightmarish intersection, where Frankford Avenue, E. York Street, and Trenton Avenue meet at a five-and-a-half point intersection. We mentioned that a roundabout would soon get started here, in an attempt to streamline the flow of traffic and increase safety for drivers, [...]
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Another Round of Student Housing on Tap at 42nd & Chestnut

Most of our stories about student housing in West Philly these days center around new projects springing up in neighborhoods farther and farther flung from the schools that the students are attending. As we've seen, new construction has moved way up into Mantua, way down into Southwest Philly, and is starting to move into Mill Creek. And this doesn't really come as a surprise, since land that's closer to Penn, Drexel, and University of the Sciences is [...]
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