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Update: 150 W. Berks St. Plans Come To Light

We admit it: we are in fact human. Despite our best efforts, we sometimes don't nail it when we look into our development crystal ball. Details can change, information can be out of date, but we always try to keep our guess rate above a certain former Sixer's free throw percentage. And we don't mean Dwight Howard, folks. Pondering our development orb As we mentioned earlier this month, plans have trickled in for a large [...]
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Renderings for Townhome Project on Pine Street, But Plans Could Change a Bit

About a month ago, our gaze settled on the surface parking lot at the corner of Hicks & Pine, as we noted that this underused but excellently located property was likely on a path to leveling up. We pointed out that a project could rise here with a couple dozen units, if developers were inclined to pursue maximum density through zoning bonuses. Instead though, we shared that plans called for much less density and much [...]
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Broad & Pine Comes Back To Life With Throwback Design

The northeast corner of Broad & Pine is home to an underused property that you probably remember as a Starbucks, but the building has been on a demolition watch for years. As we've reported previously, Carl Dranoff acquired the property back in 2015 with plans for an industrial-styled high-rise that would hold a Hyde Hotel. A pivot took place in 2017, when a Cecil Baker-designed condo tower went to Civic Design Review to show off [...]
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11 New Neighbors For Refreshed Norris Square Park

Norris Square Park is wonderful park squeezed up against the meeting point of Fishtown and East Kensington. This public space was inspired by Franklin Square, one of William Penn's original five parks for the city, and has been a part of its namesake neighborhood since 1859. The low-rise lined park gives off an approachable, neighborly vibe that's missing from some of the parks with more famous names (though sign us up for any and all [...]
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A Pivot at 9th & Catharine, From Townhomes to Multi-Family

Last fall, we shared the news that plans were afoot to redevelop the rather underused property at the southeast corner of 9th & Catharine. A reminder, this property was historically home to Palumbo’s, a music hall slash restaurant slash event space slash privately owned community center, for over a century. A fire ended Palumbo's historic run in the mid-1990s, and Rite Aid moved to the site soon after. Like we said before, a retail pad [...]
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Speculation Time: Subdivision Could Mean a Project at 4th & Callowhill

Greater Center City has boomed over the last number of years, but a handful of areas have felt like they've been left behind. The section of town that sits to the north of Old City and to the south of Northern Liberties is one such area, and to this day it remains dominated by monolithic buildings being used for commercial and light industrial purposes, not to mention tons of surface parking lots. But a sea [...]
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Former Meineke Getting a Tune-up On Booming North Broad

North Broad Street has always had amazing bones, from when it was a thriving residential area in the Gilded Age to when it was known as Automobile Row back in the early 20th century. Investment in the area dried up in the middle to the late 20th century, but we've seen more and more projects appear over the last several years. One such spot was the Stable Lofts, which we last covered back in 2019. [...]
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Single-family Home Squeezes Into Awkward Lot Next to I-95

The 100 block of Callowhill St. isn’t the most verdant block in town, and that's being generous. There are only three properties that have 100 Callowhill addresses, with the rest of the block dominated by a web of onramps and off-ramps linking I-95 and I-676, along with I-95 itself. But this wasn't always the case, as this block was fully intact prior to the construction of I-95 in the 1970s. Current view looking west of [...]
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Piazza Terminal Getting Closer to the Terminus of Construction

For a project that has been as exhaustively covered as the Piazza Terminal, it has been nearly impossible to actually get a decent look at it as construction has progressed. Awkwardly crouching with angled arms taking pictures through fences is one of our favorite pastimes after all, so trust us on this one. But at long last, this undertaking is starting to make sense beyond a sea of construction fences. We won't dive deep into the [...]
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St. Petri’s Conversion to Bring Apartments to Belmont Neighborhood

There is wonderful architecture throughout our lovely city, and West Philly offers some of the best. With its famous front porches, grand Victorian homes, and grand institutional buildings, this area of the city certainly gives you a little bit of it all. St. Petri Evangelical German Lutheran Church at 838 ½ N. 42nd St. in Belmont is yet another example of the treasures that can be found west of the Schuylkill. Originally built all the [...]
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