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    • Site of East Market development, 1100 block of Market

Digital billboards on East Market approved by Planning Commission

Here’s something you may know: the area of Market Street between Broad and 7th streets was designated as a special advertising district a few years ago, permitting developers to place large…

    • Row in a Row | Steve Ives, EOTS Flickr group
Eyes on the Street

Adopt Housing Trust Strategy to Preserve Neighborhood Balance

Community Contributor and former Philadelphia Housing Director John Kromer offers some ideas about how Philly can preserve housing affordability for low- and moderate-income families in ways other than inclusionary requirements for…

    • Historical Commission, 109-131 N. 2nd St.

Mixed-use apartment complex proposed for historic Old City building

A group of developers doing business as National Patriot LLC are hoping to redevelop a historic Old City building into a mixed-use apartment complex. The building, formerly National Products, was certified…

    • 27th Street and Girard Ave.

Committee reviews projects on East Market and West Girard

On Tuesday, developers presented plans to the Civic Design Review committee for a mixed-use apartment and retail complex at the long-vacant corner of 27th Street and Girard Avenue. The project, which…

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Philadelphia Land Bank releases plan to tackle vacancy

The Philadelphia Land Bank, a nascent agency organized to streamline the redevelopment of thousands of Philadelphia’s vacant and tax-delinquent properties, released a draft of a strategic plan on Wednesday recommending a…

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Proposals would dismantle enforcement agency, centralize planning and development

City Council President Darrell Clarke introduced a bill on Thursday that would make sweeping changes to the structure of the municipal government by creating a new cabinet-level Office of Planning and…

    • AAA rendering for proposed Columbus Ave. store

AAA claims vested rights in Columbus Boulevard property

At a zoning hearing Wednesday afternoon, attorneys for AAA argued that the group, formerly known as the American Automobile Association, has vested rights in a property at Columbus Boulevard and Tasker…

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Eyes on the Street

Retrofitting Philadelphia: Five Takeaways

It is a classic Philadelphia problem: We’re an aged city, rich with old buildings ripe for new futures. Our stock of older, smaller buildings is an extraordinary, but undervalued, asset. So…

    • Brownfields planning in Bridesburg

Bridesburg residents weigh in on brownfields planning

Bridesburg residents gathered at a catering hall Tuesday night to weigh in on the Lower Frankford Creek Watershed Brownfields Area-Wide Plan. The city was awarded a grant from the Environmental…

    • Azalea Gardens birds-eye rendering | Atkin Olshin Schade Architects

Committee approves development plans for historic property at 40th & Pine

The Architecture Committee of the Philadelphia Historical Commission voted Tuesday morning to approve the design plans for Azalea Gardens, a 122-unit apartment complex planned for the historic property at 40th and…

    • Bok High School sold for $2.1 million, more than its asking price but a fraction of its assessed value

Fire Sale: School buildings sell for $11 per square foot

Last night, the School Reform Commission approved the sale of 11 shuttered school buildings in Philadelphia, part of the School District’s ongoing effort to raise money by selling off unused real…

    • 1300 block of S. Chadwick Street - New OCF homes on left

Zoning board rejects two Point Breeze housing proposals

The Zoning Board of Adjustment denied a request for variances for the second phase of a housing development on the 1300 block of S. Chadwick Street in Point Breeze on Tuesday…

    • Brush Factory apartments/Artisan Lofts - Courtesy Rufo Properties

151 apartments coming to South Philly's Brush Factory

Earlier this month, the Zoning Board of Adjustment unanimously approved a plan to convert an empty factory at 12th and Jackson streets in South Philadelphia into a 151-unit apartment complex. The…

    • The Royal
Eyes on the Street

Royal redevelopment plans advancing, facadism and density ahead

We may never know what the Royal Theater could become. Redevelopment proposals, floated around for more than a year, do not envision a reuse for the deteriorating landmark on South Street.…

    • Jimmie Reed (left) and Jimmy Duran stand in front of 26 Maplewood Mall, before it was transformed into a coffee shop, during happier times. (Neema Roshania/WHYY)

Little Jimmie's Coffee Co. owners split after realizing 'we wanted to do different things'

Jimmie and Jimmy have parted ways. The business partners who worked together to build Little Jimmie's Bakery Caféin Mt. Airy and Little Jimmie's Coffee Roasters on Maplewood Mall in Germantown…

    • Fairmount Street - Courtesy Interface Studio Architects

Developer seeks zoning relief for 55-unit project in Northern Liberties

On Wednesday, developer David Perlman presented his plans for a new 55-unit residential project on the 400 block of Fairmount Avenue in Northern Liberties to the Zoning Board of Adjustment. The…

    • A publicly subsidized W Hotel is proposed for 15th and Chestnut streets in Center City

Twofer: Starwood to bring new details on W and Element Hotel project at 15th and Chestnut

Next month, developers will present their designs for the W and Element Hotels planned for 15th and Chestnut streets to the Center City Residents Association. The presentation is for information only:…

    • 1300 block of S. Chadwick Street - New OCF homes on left

Fate uncertain for tangled housing project in Point Breeze

Either Councilman Kenyatta Johnson is blocking a construction project proposed by developer Ori Feibush, who plans to challenge Johnson in next year’s City Council race, or Ori Feibush is refusing to…

    • A sign at 8200 Germantown Ave. indicates the Fresh Market will open in fall 2015. (Neema Roshania/WHYY)

Construction finally set to begin at 8200 Germantown Ave. site

For now, it looks more like an urban meadow than a grocery store, but a sign has sprouted in front of the six-foot-high grasses announcing that The Fresh Market is coming…

    • Managua, old town - Photo by Brittany Root

Postcard from Managua

Whenever I travel, I try to make mental observations about the development of other cities and towns that might be interesting or relevant to readers here in Philadelphia. Usually these observations…

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