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7619 Germantown Avenue. Credit: Morrissey Design

Looking at the 114-Unit Development Proposed at 7619 Germantown Avenue in Mount Airy, Northwest Philadelphia

Urban development is a delicate balancing act, and sometimes we must say goodbye to cherished local destinations in order to make way for a plan that is ultimately more beneficial to the community and to the city at large. One of such trade-offs is slated to occur at 7619 Germantown Avenue in Mount Airy, Northwest Philadelphia, where the Trolley Car Diner is set to meet the wrecking ball, to be replaced by a six-story, mixed-use residential development designed by Morrissey Design. Although the charming chrome, neon, mural, and freestanding trolley of the diner will be missed, the proposal at hand makes for more effective use of the site, bringing significant residential density within a two0-block walk of the Mount Airy Station of the SEPTA Regional Rail and replacing the auto-centric restaurant with pedestrian-friendly retail.

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2019 Fitzwater Street. Looking north. Credit: Google Maps

Demolition Permits Issued for Three-Story Prewar Rowhouse at 2019 Fitzwater Street in Graduate Hospital, South Philadelphia

Demolition permits have been issued for a three-story prewar rowhouse at 2019 Fitzwater Street in Graduate Hospital, South Philadelphia. The building is part of a block-long ensemble that is seeing an increasing number of recent and upcoming demolitions. Permits list Dan Borkson as the owner and Cider Mill Services Inc. as the contractor. Demolition costs are specified at $25,900.

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