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New Homes Will Surround Birchwood Senior Center on Carpenter Street

Birchwood at Grays Ferry is a senior housing building at 2309 Carpenter St. with 55 affordable rental apartments. The building was previously known as Saint Anthony's Senior Center, as it is was originally constructed in 1897 as the Saint Anthony de Padua Parish School, and was designed in the Romanesque style by Frank Watson. In the late 1990s, just as the Graduate Hospital neighborhood was really starting to change, Ingerman Regis Corporation bought the property [...]
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Berks Street Commons Will Fill Long Vacant Lot on 33rd Street

The northeast corner of 33rd & Berks has been sitting vacant for decades, since at least the 1970s, and was used as a gas station prior. As is the case with so many vacant lots in this town, the City of Philadelphia eventually took ownership of this property, foreclosing in 2006. And like we've seen time and time again, the City proceeded to sit on the lot for a looong time. It's honestly a pretty [...]
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Another Property Will Grow on the 1800 Block of Frankford

Holy moly, has the west side of the 1800 block of Frankford changed over the years. The transformation of this block, which has completely turned over since 2007, puts an incredibly fine point on what's been happening on this corridor and in Fishtown in general during this time period. Honestly, looking at a photo from 2007 vs. a photo from today, it's hard to believe it's the same street and that so little time has [...]
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Homes Will Grow Across From Markward Playground

Just about everyone agrees that Fitler Square is one of the cutest neighborhoods in Philadelphia, lined with mature trees and home to the eponymous Fitler Square itself, as well as the Markward Playground and its associated park, athletic field, and dog park. Fitler Square is technically a sub-neighborhood of Rittenhouse, represented by the same community group and offering a more residential approach, compared to the commercial activity to the north. There's also a Rittenhouse Fitler [...]
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Historic Point Breeze Church Turning into Apartments

Demolition of old churches has been a rather common theme during Philadelphia's unprecedented wave of redevelopment over the last twenty years or so. The mechanics of this make all the sense in the world. As neighborhoods change, the congregations that counted near neighbors as regular worshipers see their membership dwindle or they become commuter churches with huge parking needs. The actual churches are huge and old and incredibly costly to maintain, and as membership goes [...]
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Former Grand Theatre Will Likely Get Slammed

A unique building stands at the northwest corner of 7th & Snyder, and it possesses some fascinating history. We detailed this history at length back in 2014, so here's a quick summary. A church was constructed at this corner in the late 19th century, and the building was converted into the Grand Theatre in 1911. The building underwent a renovation in the 1930s, covering the original facade and installing a <ahem> grand marquee. Here's a [...]
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Two Projects Adding Units Around 7th & Cecil B Moore

Two new projects will soon change the corner of 7th & Cecil B Moore in a dramatic fashion, and these projects will take very different forms. This location is on the edge of South Kensington, in an area that's full of PHA homes and vacant land. But as South Kensington has continued to develop and as Temple to the west has grown as well, this area is seeing increasing interest from developers, typically with smaller, [...]
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Public Ledger Building Will Pick Up New Apartments With Historic Views

Before people walked around with supercomputers in their pockets, before television offered us unlimited channels or even a handful of channels, people learned about what was going on in the world almost exclusively through newspapers. The newspaper business was a great business to be in back in the 1800s and early 1900s, with seemingly everyone and their brother running a competing local paper. Not so much, anymore. These days, Philadelphia is left with the Inquirer [...]
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New Apartment Building Will Wrap Around Kensington National Bank Building

Surely you've heard the idiom 'money in the bank,' used to express a level of certainty about a thing occurring. Maybe you've also heard it to describe a wrestling pay purview event, but we digress. The idiom relates to the fact that putting money in the bank is a secure and certain thing, and that's certainly been our personal experience. Back in the day, however, people weren't so sure about the whole putting money in [...]
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Reserve at Berks is Half Finished, More Units Coming

Over the years, we've pointed out countless properties in Philadelphia that needed to get zoning variances in order to pursue reasonable redevelopment, due to inappropriate and/or outdated zoning maps. We've lamented the number of commercial corridors whose properties are zoned CMX-2, which requires ground-floor commercial but only permits two stories of apartments above. We've bemoaned legacy industrial zoning on other corridors, like Washington Avenue, which makes a transition to mixed-use cumbersome and drawn out over [...]
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