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  • There’s a Yachtsman Sized Hole on Frankford Avenue

    There’s a Yachtsman Sized Hole on Frankford Avenue

    Feb, 20, 2020 Though we never set foot inside, we were always transfixed by the rounded Formstone-clad building at the corner of Frankford Avenue and Jefferson Street. According to Inga Saffron, the building at 1444 Frankford Ave. possessed a rich history, having been constructed as a red brick home in the 1860s or the 1870s. After about a hundred years, the building was converted into a bar called Dyer’s, with a rooming house upstairs. It was around this time that the Formstone covered the brick facade, as well. As the neighborhood started gentrifying in last decade, we imagine business started drying up for Dyer’s, resulting in a sale of the building in 2012 and the opening ....

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  • Twelve Story Building Will Replace Awful Shopping Center at 5th & Spring Garden???

    Twelve Story Building Will Replace Awful Shopping Center at 5th & Spring Garden???

    Feb, 19, 2020 We first drew your attention to the terrible Liberty Shopping Plaza at 501 Spring Garden St. waaaaay back in 2011. At the time, we likened this shopping center to a jail for stores and offered a recommendation to tear it down and start over at this prominent location. More recently, we revisited the shopping center and noted that it had become slightly more friendly to shoppers, with a few storefronts breaking through the exterior of the building to create frontage on Spring Garden Street. We also went through the history of the property and noted that it had been chopped up into a dozen retail condo units when it was constructed. This being the case, we were skeptical as to ....

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  • Reduced Apartment Building Under Construction on Ludlow, Sister Building Will Follow Suit

    Reduced Apartment Building Under Construction on Ludlow, Sister Building Will Follow Suit

    Feb, 18, 2020 We’ve been looking at two potential projects on the 4400 blocks of Chestnut and Ludlow for half a decade, following along as the plans have evolved over the years. First, in 2015, we told you that Orens Brothers intended to build a pair of apartment buildings at 4415 Chestnut St. and 4415 Ludlow St., potentially with a bridge connecting the two. By 2018, those plans had changed, as the developers presented clearer plans for 110 apartments on Chestnut Street and another 55 units on Ludlow, in a pair of six-story buildings. These plans got far down the pike, going before CDR almost two years ago. But they ultimately never came to pass, for reasons outside of the ....

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  • 500 Apartments Would Be Better Than Bus Parking For a Delaware Avenue Property

    500 Apartments Would Be Better Than Bus Parking For a Delaware Avenue Property

    Feb, 17, 2020 By all accounts, the Delaware River waterfront should be one of the most attractive parts of Philadelphia. And yet, for a host of reasons, that ain’t the case. We’d contend that I-95 has been the primary limiting factor for development along the waterfront over the last several decades, cutting the water off from the rest of the city. Barring an unexpected “Big Dig” level infrastructure project (please don’t hold your breath), this won’t be changing any time soon, unfortunately. Even so, developers have started to pay more attention to the Delaware waterfront, and thanks to the work of local advocates, there’s been a push for ....

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  • Sweet Renderings For a Pair of Upcoming Fishtown Projects

    Sweet Renderings For a Pair of Upcoming Fishtown Projects

    Feb, 13, 2020 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 was home to Xynatech Manufacturing, a company specializing in rotary die cutting. With Fishtown changing so much in recent years and with exploding residential demand, it’s only shocking that this transition has taken so long to take place. As we told you ....

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  • Demo Notices at 19th & Bainbridge, Condos Coming Next

    Demo Notices at 19th & Bainbridge, Condos Coming Next

    Feb, 11, 2020 For decades, a religious non-profit has occupied a double-wide and unassuming building at the southeast corner of 19th & Bainbridge. The foreign missions arm of the National Baptist Convention, the Foreign Mission Board (FMB), operates numerous mission stations in Africa, the Caribbean, and Central America. Though the group’s mission is primarily missionary in nature, it also offers educational services, health services, various supplies, and building repair and maintenance services in some incredibly poor communities. From what we can tell, FMB has been working out of this corner space since at least the 1930s, making them one of the longest term property owners ....

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  • We Got Renderings of El Magnet, Which Loosely Translates to El Magnet

    We Got Renderings of El Magnet, Which Loosely Translates to El Magnet

    Feb, 07, 2020 A couple months ago, we brought 1141 N. Front St. to your attention. Construction had recently gotten started at this long vacant lot on the Fishtown/Northern Liberties border, and we shared the details that a 6-story mixed-use building with 43 apartments, 13 parking spaces, and roughly 1,800 sqft of retail space was in the works. We were naturally stoked about the project, not only because of the elimination of yet another vacant lot, but also because it offered further evidence of developer enthusiasm for properties right next to the El. We’ve seen countless projects rise along Front Street in recent years, with projects stretching for a mile north of here, all the ....

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  • Contemporary Apartment Building Will Land Near 7th & Girard

    Contemporary Apartment Building Will Land Near 7th & Girard

    Feb, 06, 2020 Around 2008, the four story building at 629 W. Girard Ave. was demolished. Well, that’s not entirely true- it was only mostly demoed, if we’re striving for accuracy. The upper floors of this long vacant structure certainly went away, but some elements of the first floor of the building remained for some reason. Behind what little was left of the building was an overgrown vacant lot, crying out for redevelopment. We’ve actually brought this property to your attention before. Back in 2015, we told you about a zoning notice on the property, indicating a plan for 18 units above commercial space. That variance was approved the next year, but the project never ....

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  • Demolition at 17th & Federal Means What?

    Demolition at 17th & Federal Means What?

    Feb, 05, 2020 The northwest corner of 17th & Federal has looked pretty rough for as long as we can remember. Since developers bought it in 2015, the building at 1701 Federal St. has been sitting vacant and blighted, with its ground floor retail space unoccupied and plywood in its 2nd floor windows. The building didn’t look so hot even before developers stepped in, with a windowless corner store occupying the commercial space, and some faded signage advertising cold cuts and sandwiches. The quadruple-wide nature of the building made its poor condition stand out even more prominently, unfortunately. Passing by the property the other day, we noticed something different. The ....

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