Located directly Northeast of Center City, the name Fishtown stems from the area's shad fishing roots that date back to the18th and 19th centuries.   Today, Fishtown's borders are roughly defined by the triangle created by the Delaware River, Frankford Avenue, and York Street. Close to Treaty Park, The Piazza, and Temple University, this neighborhood has become a hot spot for art, entertainment, and new dining establishments and trends. Fishtown even made national notererity cathcing the eye of the New York Times. Other nearby neighborhoods include Northern Liberties, Old City and Northeast Philadelphia.

Sweet Renderings For a Pair of Upcoming Fishtown Projects

About a month ago, we told you to be on the lookout for a new project on the 1400 block of Oxford Street, just a block off Frankford Avenue. The project, which called for a new apartment building with 42 units, 34 parking spots, and a rooftop pool, will be located at 1408-18 Oxford St., a parcel which has been used for industrial purposes for longer than you've been alive. In recent decades, the building [...]
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End of the Line at Last for the Galvo?

Whether you've lived in Olde Richmond for 50 days or 50 years, you're surely aware of the old industrial building at 2501 E. Hagert St., and you've probably given its future quite a bit of thought. This building, commonly known as the Galvo, was home to the Cattie Galvanizing Company for many decades. As the name suggests, this company was in the galvanization business, which entails dipping steel or iron into molten zinc baths to [...]
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Fishtown Says Farewell to Xynatech and Will Say Hey to a New Apartment Building

It wasn't so long ago that an enterprising manufacturer or artisan could easily and inexpensively set up shop in Fishtown, in one of many old industrial buildings scattered around the neighborhood. With the rapid gentrification of the neighborhood and the influx of retail to Frankford Avenue, this area has transitioned into a neighborhood where people want to live and work and hang out, and are willing to pay good money for the privilege. As a result, [...]
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Will We See a New Apartment Building at Belgrade & York?

The stretch of E. York Street between Frankford and Aramingo is a unique animal, different from just about any block we can think of in town. It's extra-wide, and a section of the street had a rail line running down the middle back when this part of town still had a strong industrial presence. Today, the street is a mixed bag. Some blocks are filled with homes with corner commercial, while others still maintain large commercial or even industrial [...]
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Fishtown Neighbors Association is Raising Money to Rebuild a Smaller Rose Garden

A little more than three years ago, we told you about a significant proposal at 1405 Frankford Ave. which called for the construction of a new mixed-use building with 30 apartments. The developers could have built a 32-unit building with no parking, but instead proposed a little less density and 16 parking spots, thus necessitating a zoning variance. Despite the reasonable nature of the variance request (people generally appreciate the addition of parking when none [...]
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No More New City on Frankford Avenue

You'd have to be in your 60s to remember when the Palm Theatre stood at the corner of Frankford & Norris, and you'd have to be even older to have seen a film there. According to Cinema Treasures, this building was constructed in the late 1800s as a vaudeville theatre, converting to movies in the early 20th century. Eventually it became a furniture store, and then, like so many great movie palaces, it met the wrecking [...]
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Apartment Building With a “View” Proposed on Aramingo

Like the US economy, the real estate market in Philadelphia has been running hot for about a decade, and we're now at the point in the development cycle that developers have gobbled up almost every obviously attractive parcel in desirable neighborhoods. This being the case, we're seeing more and more examples of projects that try to make the best of challenging development sites, as many developers find themselves faced with a lack of better options. [...]
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No More Soft Pretzels on Frankford Avenue

We all have our guilty pleasure snacks, and if you're anything like us, you have several. A Philly soft pretzel has always been near the top of our list, thanks to the blissful combination of chewiness, maltiness, and saltiness. We're not especially picky when it comes to Philly soft pretzels, but when we have our druthers, we'd always prefer a pretzel fresh out of the oven from a local bakery. Regrettably, independent pretzel bakeries are becoming a bit [...]
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Kensington M.E. Church Going Residential

The Kensington Methodist Episcopal Church is one of the more historic churches in Philadelphia and it's likely you've never laid eyes on it. The church is located at 300 Richmond St., on one of the three blocks of Richmond Street between Frankford Avenue and the place where I-95 and Delaware Avenue pinch together to squeeze Richmond Street out of existence for a few blocks. So it's not exactly a place that you'd stumble onto- unless you [...]
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Spot Zoning Might Be the Last Hope for Saint Laurentius Church

If you read this blog with any regularity, you're probably at least generally familiar with the concept of zoning. But for any first timers out there, please allow us to provide a very basic bit of background. Every property in Philadelphia has an underlying zoning designation that dictates what its owner is permitted do with said property. The vast majority of properties are zoned residential, commercial, or industrial, a concept that you're probably familiar with [...]
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