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New FMC Tower breaks ground and will help create new University City skyline

The long-awaited Walnut Street tower of Cira Centre South, at 30th and Walnut Streets, has broken ground and will be referred to as the FMC Tower, named after the twin headquarters of specialty-chemical company FMC Corporation, the anchor tenants.  This … Continue reading

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SLS International Hotel and Residences gets final approval to build tallest building on Broad Street

The very upscale SLS International Hotel and Residences has received the final approval needed from city agencies to build what will be the tallest building on Broad Street, and which will house a very upscale luxury hotel and condominiums.  This … Continue reading

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New apartment tower, at former Lit Brothers Department Store, will be a Great Addition to a Great City and will finally bring major residential development to Market East

The famous Lit Brothers Department Store building, which is now the BNY/Mellon Independence Center along the 700 block of Market Street, is one of the most charming buildings along Market East.  It has a six-storey cast iron facade on Eighth … Continue reading

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Comcast Innovation and Technology Center, now completely approved by city agencies, will be a historic and dramatic development for Philadelphia

The City Planning Commission’s Civic Design Review committee has given the final city agency approval for the construction of the landmark Comcast Innovation and Technology Center, which will be the tallest building in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania when completed.  This means … Continue reading

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New apartment building, at 1601 Washington Avenue, may be the beginning of change on Washington Avenue

Washington Avenue, west of Broad Street, is a historically industrial street.  For decades it was lined with active factories and warehouses, the largest industrial corridor in South Philadelphia not adjacent to the waterfront.  As time went by, most of the … Continue reading

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Long vacant Mt. Sinai Hospital buildings to be renovated into apartments in Pennsport

Last summer I wrote about the Pennsport neighborhood in South Philadelphia.  Pennsport is south of Washington Avenue and just east of Columbus Boulevard, and it includes Jefferson Square and Dickinson Square Parks.  While the neighborhood is solidly middle-class and has … Continue reading

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Museum Towers II is another big apartment development in Fairmount (Franklintown), but also has some townhouses

Another major rental housing development is about to be built in the Fairmount (Franklintown) neighborhood, just north of the Ben Franklin Parkway.  This new development will be an extension of the Museum Towers apartment building at 18th and Spring Garden and … Continue reading

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