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Frankford is Waiting – The Box Factory Lofts

The next entry in the Frankford is Waiting series are the Box Factory Loft at Front and Columbia( err Cecil B Moore):

Welcome To The Box Factory! Originally Built In 1901, The Box Factory Housed Heavy Machinery To Make The Boxes They Shipped Worldwide. Currently Underway Is The Conversion To Twenty Loft Condos With All Of The Original Elements, Such As Exposed Brick Walls, Massive Wood Beams, High Ceilings, Huge Windows With Great Light & Citywide Views. Standard Finishes Include Hardwood Floors, Stainless Steel Appliances, & Granite Countertops. This Is An Elevator Building In A Great Location W/ Remote Access To Gated Parking. There Is Affordable Pre-Construction Pricing From $199,500 – $344,000 + A 10 Year Tax Abatement & Low Association Fees ~ 100% Financing Available For 1st Time Buyers~

Isn’t that a pretty picture?  Lofts up to 344K…NICE. That even beats out the Thompson Street Lofts.  But why do we care?  Check out the pic from under the El.

Awe man, what do you think?  Is that 60 feet to the MF el?  What do you think?  Is anybody else noticing a trend?  4 dollar gas and the idea of mass transit start looking a whole lot more appealing.  If they’ve started putting granite countertops into buildings in Kensington, Frankford will be soon to follow.  We’re just 3.35 miles from the Frankford Creek.  FRANKFORD IS WAITING!!

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Frankford is Waiting – Thompson Street Lofts

The second post in our series is a set of treasures I had initially found back in January on

Beautiful Modern/Industrial Renovation
Status Active Listing
New -Condominium/Townhouse
1301 N Front St
Philadelphia , PA 19122
Country USA
Beds 2

A turn of the century industrial warehouse, the THOMPSON STREET LOFTS, conveniently located on the border between Northern Liberties and Fishtown is a tasteful conversion into 8 modern bi-level lofts while retaining much of the building’s original charm.Since the early 1900’s, 1301 North Front has been a stable, candy store, and an automtovie business. The developers have left the original exposed beams roof(w/5 inch thick foam roof insulation on top), metal beams, planks, trusses and brick. Modern efficiency such as triple layered brick facade and 4 layers of drywall and sprayed insulation for excellent sound insulation between units bring this building to modern standards and beyond. Each unit features Brazilian Cherry Wide plank flooring, slate tile,double pane argon insulated windows, full size laundry stack, GE Monogram appliances, metal doors, sprinkler systems, alarm systems, rainfall shower head, hand held, and 4 body sprays, granite counters… Come see!

Awesome, great, fantastic, more lofty type joints in Fishtown/Olde Kensington. What does this have to do with Frankford you ask? Google Map’s Street View shows these bi-level lofts are 10 feet from the El at Front and Thompson. The BRT website says Units A,D,E and H don’t appear to be sold yet but Unit B went for $255,000, Unit F went for $276,500 and Unit C went for a whopping $302,000. That’s 256 dollars a residential square foot TEN FEET FROM THE EL; now that’s impressive.  So I’m making the call, we’re now 3.68 miles from the Frankford Creek. C’mon bra, FRANKFORD IS WAITING!!

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Frankford is Waiting – Trax Foods

Nothing grows under the el. Nothing good anyways. I’ve heard that forever, and I’m too young to remember things being any different than they are now. But nothing stays garbage forever. And it’s already started creeping, albeit a few miles from our southern border at the Frankford Creek.

This is the first post in the Gazette’s meager attempt to track prosperity as it begins it’s climb up the spine the Market Frankford El.

First up is Trax Foods, a 24 deli strategically located under the massive shadow of the Girard Ave el stop. Now what makes this noteworthy? It doesn’t cover it’s windows with ciggy ads, nor takes access cards and it doesn’t even sell loosies!! It services those glorious yuppies and hipsters of Northern Liberties and Fishtown.

So I’m making the call, it’s 3.79 miles from Frankford. Come on people, FRANKFORD IS WAITING!!!!!

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VP of Frankford Civic Shines as Exception regarding Youth and Civics

Jon Campisi strikes again in the Northeast Times about new blood(or lack therof) in Northeast Philly’s civic associations.  A bright spot is the Frankford Civic’s Brian and Tim Wisniewski.

What gives Campisi?  Can’t help but notice they got front page above the fold WITH pic but you relegated our article on May 22nd to page 16.  SIXTEEN Campisi?  All jokes aside, very encouraging to see others under 40 taking an interest in Frankford.

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Old Towns and Districts of Philadelphia

PennState’s online library has a 1941 paper about the old towns and districts of Philadelphia. It provides a nice history of the boroughs and townships of Philadelphia to the run up to the 1854 Act of Consolidation.

Of note is page 78, which is a map of the townships and districts of Philadelphia in 1854 and show’s us that Frankford was a little bit smaller then. It’s eastern border ended at Whitehall borough( which was centered at Bridge and Tacony Sts). And it shared a northern border with Oxford Township, along the Little Tacony Creek, Lieper, Harrison, and Horrocks streets.

[PDF] PennState’s library has a 1941 paper