The Croydon Building, which sits on 49th Street between Locust and Spruce has been vacant since the 1990's. However, in December of 2011 the Orens Brothers bought the building and announced plans to restore it, and as you can see from the pictures, construction is now underway.
The building, known as "Paradise City" by squatters was the site of a 2007 murder, and had attracted community concern for many years. The restored building will be a 127 unit apartment complex with multiple different layouts. The developers claim that it will also incorporate community gardens.
· Renovation of Paradise City Underway [West Philly Local]
· Goodbye, Paradise City [Hidden City]
· Update: Croydon Construction Is Coming And We Have Renderings! [Naked Philly]