Conveniently located just south of Graduate Hospital, Point Breeze is easily accessible to Rittenhouse Square, the Schuykill River Park, the Italian Market, and more by foot, bus, or the Broad Street line. Additional neighborhood amenities include ample non-permitted street parking, corner grocers, and local watering holes and eateries including the American Sardine Bar, Circles Thai take-out and BYOB, the OCF Coffee House, and Breezy’s cafe.

17th & Federal Pivoting to a By-Right Mixed-Use Plan

Almost exactly a year ago, we told you about a plan for a new mixed-use building at the northwest corner of 17th & Federal. About a year before that, we told you that the building at the site was being demoed, and we were delighted because the two-story commercial building had been sitting vacant for a number of years, with a convenience store most recently operating out of the space. The building looked worse for [...]
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Apartments Will Fill Long Vacant Lot at 20th & Snyder

Back in early 2019, we drew your attention to a new foundation on 20th Street, just north of Snyder Avenue. We noted that 2031 S. 20th St. had been sitting vacant for quite some time, and were stoked to see a foundation awaiting a new four-story building. That project entailed 12 units over four stories, and you might recall it required a variance. The property is zoned for mixed-use, but the developers felt that retail [...]
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Expect More Homes Next to the 25th Street Viaduct

About fifteen years ago, we had the misfortune of having our car stolen off the street in the Logan Square neighborhood. That car, a 1991 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera, was truly a piece of junk, and before it was stolen we often made the joke that it was such a lousy car it wouldn't even want to steal itself. Tell that to the guy that stole it, crashed it into a person, and then crashed it [...]
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Continuing Construction on the Evolving 1400 Block of S. Taylor

You'll be forgiven if you've never visited the 1400 block of S. Taylor Street - or any block of Taylor Street, for that matter. For the uninitiated, Taylor is a north-south street which runs between 24th and 25th Streets, disappearing and reappearing with little rhyme or reason. It runs continuously between Mifflin and Oakford Streets in Point Breeze, and then makes a quick comeback between Aspen and Poplar in Fairmount, before showing up off Montgomery, [...]
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New Clarity For the True Gospel Tabernacle Family Church Apartment Project

A couple weeks back, we shared the unfortunate news that the True Gospel Tabernacle Family Church would be vacating their longtime home at 1900 S. 16th St., following in the footsteps of countless South Philly congregations in recent years. That being said, this news was tempered by the encouraging caveat that the historic buildings on the site would be preserved and converted to apartments, and not torn down. As we mentioned before, the church was [...]
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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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Mambo (Movers) Number Sixteen Unit Building

If you've lived in Philadelphia for any period of time, you've surely heard of local moving company Mambo Movers. Their trucks are everywhere, especially during the summer months when most people are doing their moving from one place to another. They have a memorable logo, with a drawing of two guys pushing a rhino into the back of a truck. And in case you've never visited their website, we highly recommend it as a source [...]
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Point Breeze Avenue Picking Up Some Units in a Couple Small Projects

We were traveling down Point Breeze Avenue the other day when a couple new projects caught our eye. Remember, this street was once a vibrant neighborhood commercial corridor to the extent that people living in the neighborhood didn't need to venture into Center City to buy stuff. While it's true that Point Breeze residents don't need to travel downtown to purchase their necessities today, that's thanks to Amazon and not due to a return to form [...]
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JNA Institute Clearing Out from South Broad Street?

Broad Street just south of Washington Avenue has a few different projects under construction at the moment. At Broad & Alter, work has proceeded on a 53-unit mixed-use building which suffered a delay of a couple years between presentation and groundbreaking. A 62-unit building at Broad & Ellsworth has moved at blazing speed since it broke ground a little less than a year ago, but this project also suffered a lengthy delay between initial plans and the start [...]
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Veterinarian and Animal ER are Coming Soon on Washington Avenue

There's a nondescript warehouse at 2100 Washington Ave., with peach painted stucco on its Washington Avenue facade and exposed cinderblocks running down 21st Street. The site has predictably been used for industrial purposes for many years, with the current warehouse built over two phases in the 1980s, replacing another warehouse that stood here previously. Since the Reagan administration, the property was used for the distribution of roofing and siding material, by Ivan Supply Company. Times are changing on [...]
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