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Eric Blumenfeld can pursue his dream rehab project thanks to some Divine intervention; A reporter casts a skeptical eye on a story the rest of the local media have portrayed as a David-vs.-Goliath eminent domain fight; an elderly Jersey Shore couple are steamed over a nastygram sent to them by an anonymous real estate agent; and we'll bet you didn't know Philadelphia had one of these too: New hope - and funding - for Divine Lorraine (The Philadelphia Inquirer| In A Philadelphia Eminent Domain Battle, The Media Cast The Wrong Hero (Next City Daily) Angry Letter Criticizes 'Curb Appeal' of Elderly Couple (NBC10 Philadelphia via Comcast SportsNet) Philadelphia's World Trade Center seeks higher profile (The Philadelphia…
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Weekend Winners: Oct. 25-27

"The Experiment" Care for a scare? This is the weekend to indulge, and our leadoff pick is just the ticket! Friday, Oct. 25 Way beyond goosebumps: For a truly terrifying Halloween experience, there's no better place to be in the city - or the world, for that matter - than Eastern State Penitentiary, where the annual "Terror Behind the Walls" show and tour offers the perfect match of subject matter and setting. And this year, if you're brave enough, you can become part of the show! Those who are up for a real scare may find themselves yanked from their group by a zombie nurse, sent into secret tunnels, or maybe even turned into one of the undead. Truly not an experience for the faint of heart, this year's "Terror" bids fair to be the…
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FNDC celebrating development by moving into re-developed lot

1608 Ridge Ave. The Francisville Neighborhood Development Corporation (FNDC) will be one of the most notable occupants of a planned new development at Ridge Avenue and Parrish Street in oft-discussed Francisville. FNDC is working with Conshohocken-based How Properties on this mixed-use development, which will include subsidized ground-floor retail and apartments on upper floors, says Penelope Giles, executive director at FNDC. The development at 1608 Ridge Ave. should include 12 apartments and will be four stories tall. The building will include bay windows and balconies, and the siding will consist of brick, glass, wood, and cement board. Harman Deutsch is responsible for the architecture. No word yet on…
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Double dwelling on single-lane Cambridge Street

1908 Cambridge Street This new Harman Deutsch-designed home resides on a tiny section of Cambridge Street right off of North 19th Street in Francisville. The property once featured a very sad stucco one-family home. In Google Street View shots taken from 2011, the first floor of the three-story house was completely boarded up. Within the past year 1908 Cambridge Street has gotten a new owner, been completely leveled and is in the home stretch towards completion. In May 2012 Nineteenth Street Development of Huntingdon Valley purchased the 1,276.32-square-foot lot and house for only $25,000. The price appears to be well below the average price of similar projects; in fact it still seems a little low for just purchasing a vacant…
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Postgreen bringing large mixed-use development to Francisville

Folsom Powerhouse rendering Postgreen Homes might best be known for the $100k House, the best-known project from Philadelphia's energy-efficient real estate development company. Determined to continue making an impact in Philly's neighborhoods, Postgreen announces the launch of a new project in Francisville:  Folsom Powerhouse, with partner Equinox. The project is being developed at 18th and Folsom streets on a site awarded by the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority (PRA). And based on the visuals, the project looks to be a game changer for the Francisville neighborhood. In total, the new development will bring a 31-unit mixed-use development program occupying the majority of the 1700 block of Folsom Street. The…
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New units at Francisville crossroad

825 N 16th St A former vacant lot located at the intersection of Parrish Street, 16th Street and Ridge Avenue in Francisville is getting two new residential units. The towering new construction has only been underway since March, but much progress has been made on this lot. The Office of Property Assessment valued the lot at 825 N. 16th Street for only $33,700. New owners Federal Investments LLC purchased the property for $40,000. The 824-square-foot lot would soon be the home to a new two-family dwelling. The Zoning Board of Adjustment approved the plans for the attached structure. The home will also feature a cellar, roof deck, and pilot house. Side view The ZBA issued zoning permits in April and Licenses and Inspections issued new…
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New twin homes on N. 15th Street in Francisville

850-52 N 15th St These two new homes are within steps of Broad Street and Girard Avenue—right on the edge of Francisville. The homes are just two more new residential projects along North 15th Street. This development gives homes (literally) to two North Philadelphia vacant lots. Side elevation of 852 N 15th Churchill Investments LLC purchased the two lots at 850-852 N. 15th Street in May of last year for a total of $212,000. The two combined lots gave Churchill's developers 1,680 square feet of land to work with. The Zoning Board of Adjustment approved plans for each lot to have an attached three-story single-family home. The third floors will have roof terraces (one appears at the right in the photo above) and both homes will also have roof decks. Corner view of project
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Loonstyn Properties develops four new units in Francisville

  923 N 19th St New construction keeps on growing in one of Philadelphia's oldest neighborhoods. Development in Francisville continues to slowly deplete North Philly's stock of vacant lots. We found this Loonstyn Properties-owned foundation hole at 923 N. 19th Street, and while work on the home that will fill it isn't moving as fast as other area projects, it is still a sign development in Francisville isn't stopping any time soon. Older images of the vacant lot show the neighboring homes used the lot as a sort of "storage" area. It was once even gated off. The city cited the lot for lack of maintenance in December of 2006. The former owners did comply, but a May 2012 violation was left open. Later that…
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Seven new units on N. 15th Street

1315-17 N 15th St We recently reported on the quick turnaround on another Harman Deutsch-designed property about a block away from this new North Philly structure, on W. Thompson Street. In fact, these two are so close they practically share backyards. This new project will bring seven new rental units along with commercial space on the first floor to this North Philly neighborhood. Closeup of first floor and entrance SPS Equities LLC purchased the lot comprising 1315 and 1317 N. 15th Street, totaling 1,784.88 square feet, in May 2011 for only $87,500. The lot lay between two existing homes, and Licenses and Inspections had cited the property for lot maintenance issues four times in the past five years. Rear elevation of 1315-17 N 15th St Harman Deutsch requested relocating the lot lines; the architects…
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North Philly duplex rises in double time

1407-09 Thompson Street, front elevation Just north of Francisville in North Philly, this duplex is almost complete after taking only four months from zoning permits to electrical work.  While Harman Deutsch designed the two-story brick structure, it doesn't feature the ultra-modern style we are used to seeing from the architecture firm. But it does feature the swift construction we are familiar with. Previous owners had tried to build a three-story home on the lot in 2009. While the Zoning Board of Adjustment approved the plans, nothing panned out. The current owners purchased the lots at 1407 and 1409 W. Thompson Street in February of 2013. According to, they paid $110,000 for each lot and the vacant land totaled 1,368 square feet. By…
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