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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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Metal Finishing Out, Apartments In Near Lehigh Avenue

We have many times told you about the Workshop of the World moniker that Philly held for so many years - but industry remains prevalent within city limits today in certain areas. One example of this is at 2151-61 E. Albert St. which last served as the location for All-Brite Metal Finishing, a business that provided various metal-centric services for 40 years. But as we know, times and neighborhoods change. This stretch along Trenton Avenue [...]
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New Renderings and Timelines for the Park at Penn’s Landing & South Street Bridge

If it seems to you like it's been a long time since we first told you about the Park at Penn's Landing, you'd be correct! It was back in 2013 that we first mentioned plans for the park, as imagined by the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation. When this project happens, an eleven acre sloping green space between Chestnut & Walnut Streets will reconnect Old City to the river's edge, covering the chasm created by I-95 [...]
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Historic Gas Station Will Move for Logan Square Office Tower

It can be quite interesting to see what people consider historic. While large, highly-ornate buildings from centuries ago are usually easy to spot as being "contributing" from an architectural standpoint, other times it can be difficult to identify why a smaller or less grand structure might be worth keeping around forever. On 20th Street, there's a small building on the west side of the street between Cuthbert and Arch, standing sentry beside a surface lot [...]
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A Cool Development Opportunity on North Front Near Norris Square

If you're cool like us, you spend your free time browsing commercial real estate listings. Every now and then, there's something that pops up that really catches our eye and the angled parcel at 2205-07 N. Front St. most definitely qualifies. This elbow-shaped building was formerly home to Fluehr's Furniture and sits near the sharp intersection where Emerald and Susquehanna run into Front Street, providing its unusual shape. Thanks to a listingĀ from the Stafford Group, [...]
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