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Pope FrancisNot only Catholics are wild about Pope Francis, whose humility and openness have won him fans well beyond the Church. Some of those fans are expected to be part of the Francis Festival weekend in Philadelphia. Not only they, but you too, will have an easier time getting around that weekend thanks to changes in SEPTA service in the city.

We mustn't forget that while official Philadelphia may be taking a long weekend when Pope Francis pays us a visit on Sept. 26-27, lots of private businesses will be #OpenInPHL to accommodate visitors to the World Meeting of Families and serve the needs of those of us who are sticking around that weekend.

Last week, SEPTA made a major change to its service plans for the weekend that will make it easier for the people

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Main Floor

Classic elegance adapted to modern lifestyles—that's what you'll find in this extra-spacious, attractive, light-filled 22-foot-wide townhome in the Art Museum area, where Spring Garden and Francisville meet.

Besides those large windows that let in all that natural light, this home also features a number of other top-shelf features, including high ceilings, hardwood floors and recessed lighting throughout.

First Floor Foyer

The airy nature of this home greets you the moment you enter the first-floor foyer. Beyond the one-car garage is a large coat closet and a guest bedroom with en suite bathroom and its own access to the lovely landscaped garden in the rear.

Guest Bedroom

Guest Bathroom

Upstairs, the spacious main floor feels even larger thanks to its open plan. You'll find

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1617 Poplar St

By Gabriel Gottlieb

The Zoning Board of Adjustment voted to approve variances for a new apartment building on Poplar Street in Francisville at a hearing on Jan. 7.  The building will replace a large empty lot which takes up most of the north side of the 1600 block of Poplar.  The site is near Ridge Avenue and several other new developments in Francisville.

David Orphanides, attorney for developers FNC Properties and SJ Lofts, presented details of the 1617-33 Poplar St. project to the board.  The new building will rise five stories and 58 feet high to the roof and 61 feet high to the top of the building’s parapets.  The building will have 46 units, including three studio units, 27 one-bedroom units, and 16 two-bedroom units.  

View of project from west

Architect

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Last week, we shared with you photos and information about a multi-unit mixed-use development on the Spring Garden side of Fairmount Avenue.

The same architect, but a different contractor, are on the verge of starting work on another, strictly residential, project just to its south.

Right now, the lot at 1711-27 North Street contains only backhoes and a large mound of dirt. But Licenses and Inspections has issued the permits needed for foundation work to begin on what will ultimately be 13 new townhomes with roof decks.

L&I issued the zoning permit to redraw the lot lines in order to make 13 lots out of two on Aug. 8. This was followed by a zoning permit Sept. 12 to permit the erection of "an attached structure with a roof deck and a roof

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By day, Eastern State Penitentiary is a fascinating ruin, the relic of an experiment in prison reform gone wrong. But when the sun sets, the ghosts that inhabit it take over. They get the run of the place during Halloween season, and if you're brave enough, you can see them.

This is the last weekend before Halloween, which falls on the start of next weekend. So if you haven't had your really good scare yet, we recommend you get it in now and avoid the last-minute rush.

We know just the place to go: Eastern State Penitentiary. The moldering historic prison located between Francisville and Fairmount is the perfect setting for a fright-filled tour that will set your hair on edge.

And "Terror Behind the Walls," a horror-fan favorite for 23 years,

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The hammers may not be swinging as fast and furiously on the Spring Garden side of Fairmount Avenue as they are on the Francisville side of it, but they are swinging in several places. This project at 1720 Fairmount Ave. is one of the larger sites.

The building that will occupy this lot will have four stories with commercial space in the basement and on the first floor and 21 apartments on the upper three floors.

The Zoning Board of Adjustment got the ball rolling on this project when it approved a petition to combine the five lots at 1720-30 Fairmount Ave. into one lot and a variance to build a 48-foot-tall structure, higher than the lot's CMX-2 zoning allows, on Sept. 17 of last year. The actual zoning permits for both the lot line

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It's hard these days to walk through Francisville and not find construction under way somewhere. Our recent swing through the area last week revealed progress on several projects we've been following and some new ones under way.

This new structure at 702-04 N. 20th St. falls into the latter category.

According to permit data on file with Licenses and Inspections, this will be "a three (3) story structure for use as a six (6) family dwelling." In other words, judging from the looks of the structure now rising, two three-unit apartment townhomes.

The framing suggests that each will have their own entrance, as opposed to a single common entrance as found on a similar structure now nearing completion at the other end of this block (which we

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We had intended to do a construction progress report on this new Francisville townhome when we strolled into the beehive of construction activity that was Leland Street this past June. But for some reason, we never got past its across-the-street neighbor at 838.

Consider this atonement for our oversight, then, for the finished product is a bright, light-filled space that offers modern convenience and style with just a splash of tradition, plus plenty of extras you'll love to come home to.

Like the built-in speakers in the main floor living room, whose crown moulding adds an extra touch of class to the space. The living and dining rooms form one great open space that you can configure for relaxation, entertaining, or a little of

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Is Philadelphia's current building boom a bubble in the making? The answer is unclear; crowdfunding moves into the home improvement arena; those rumored plans to restore the Metropolitan Opera House in Francisville might be moving past the rumor stage; and while everyone was ooohing and aahing over the Schuylkill River Trail boardwalk, something even more impressive made its debut on Manayunk's Venice Island:

Is Philadelphia in a Housing Bubble? (Next City)
Crowdfunding for home renovations? (Philly.com)
Meet the Met. The Guys Fixing It Up, You Already Know (Naked Philly) 
$46m Venice Island makeover debuts in Manayunk (Philadelphia Daily News|Philly.com) 

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