The Fairmount neighborhood is a perfect mix of green and urban living.  If you enjoy world famous attractions and culture in your front or back yard, then this is your neighborhood.  It is very close to the Philadelphia Art Museum, the Barnes Foundation, and several other arts destinations.  Other nearby scenic attractions include Fairmount Park, Boathouse Row, Kelly Drive and West River Drive.  Locals frequent Fairmount Avenue for neighborhood bars, restaurants, weekly farmers markets, and coffee shops – don't forget to visit our own the OCF Coffee House on 21st & Fairmount for BYOB lunch and brunch served day and night. Enjoy the view out the cafe windows of the spooky and historic Eastern State Penitentiary.  Commuters have easy access to 76 and 676; plus ample SEPTA bus stops that go to and from north, south and center city Philadelphia.  

Pretty Little Mixed-Use Building Under Construction Near Eastern State

Back in the day, a neighborhood laundromat operated out of a building at 702 N. 23rd St., with an apartment occupying the upper floors of the building. The laundromat closed at least a decade ago and new owners bought the property in 2012, but it appears they never found another business to take over the ground floor space. The building changed hands again in 2020, with developers purchasing the former laundromat, the vacant lot next [...]
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Apartment Building Could Replace Roofing Company on 26th Street

The Fairmount neighborhood is one of the most established in greater Center City, with a well maintained housing stock which sell for high prices, a quality neighborhood public school, and a strong commercial corridor on Fairmount Avenue (half of which is technically in Spring Garden and some of which is in Francisville, but nevertheless). Brewerytown, sitting just north of Fairmount, suffered from a tremendous amount of disinvestment over the decades, but in the last several years [...]
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Mixed-Use Building is Cooking at 2333 Fairmount Avenue

A couple years back, we showed you some demolition activity on the north side of the 2300 block of Fairmount, and told you about plans for a new mixed-use building from Loonstyn Properties. In case you've forgotten, the project called for three retail spaces on the first floor, 33 units on the upper floors, and 21 basement parking spots. And it made sense to us, with the combination of a large Fairmount Avenue parcel and a [...]
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We Snagged Renderings For the Upcoming Project at 26th & Poplar

It wasn't even two weeks ago that we pointed out some zoning notices on the large vacant lot on the north side of the 2600 block of Poplar Street and felt a sense of hope accompanied by a pang of uncertainty. This parcel has been sitting vacant for a bunch of years, owned by the Graveley family, whose roofing business is located nearby. We've thought this property would get developed previously, with a plan for an [...]
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Zoning Notices Just Another Tease at 26th & Poplar?

By and large, it's working out for all of us that we live in a free country. But freedom for some can present frustration and aggravation for others. See, there's a large vacant lot on the north side of the 2600 block of Poplar Street, and many neighbors would surely love to see it get redeveloped. But the owners of the property are not obligated or compelled to redevelop it, and can let it sit empty [...]
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Construction Update: Taney & Brown Progressing Nicely

We don't find ourselves reporting on too many projects in Fairmount, mostly because there aren't all that many projects to cover. A mature neighborhood, Fairmount has its share of rehabs and the occasional one-off project, but there haven't been many projects sizable enough for us to cover over the years. In fact, this is our first Fairmount post of 2017 and we're more than a third of the way through the year. So let's get [...]
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Renderings For 2333 Fairmount Ave. Show a Handsome Building

When we told you about the proposed five-story building at 2333 Fairmount Ave. last week, many people were excited to hear about the plan but skeptical about what the building would ultimately look like. Several commenters suggested that Loonstyn Properties doesn't have the greatest track record in terms of architecture, and they were concerned that the new building would follow that trend. As a reminder, here's a view of the site today: Recent view A […]


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Demolition Ongoing at 2333 Fairmount Ave., Mixed Use is Planned

A few months ago, we drew your attention to a demolition notice at 2333 Fairmount Ave., and we frankly weren't so sad to be losing this relatively unexciting three story building. At the time, we knew that Loonstyn Properties had purchased the property and we suspected that they would be looking to build a mixed-use building similar to their project at Uber & Fairmount, but we weren't sure about their exact plan. In the time since then, […]


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Fairmount Building Will Be Demolished

A reader reached out last week, having spied a demolition notice at 2333 Fairmount Ave., curious about what's to come for this address. For those unfamiliar with the property, here's a peek: Demo notice at 2333 Fairmount Ave. The three story building is rather unexciting, and looks like it was constructed in the 1950s. We're not sure what it was built for originally, but it's been used for a combination of office space and residential […]


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Revised Drawings For Taney & Brown

Some people weren't wild about the renderings we shared for the proposed seven-home development at Taney & Brown. Several commenters said that they wanted homes that blended in better with the fabric of the neighborhood, and some neighbors reached out privately with similar feedback. Proving that developers can be responsive to community feedback, the owners of the property doubled back with JKRP Architects and requested a number of architectural changes. Current view Previous iteration Revised […]


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