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Old October 29th, 2014, 12:23 PM   #301
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Old October 30th, 2014, 12:19 AM   #302
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State Grant Injects New Life Into Eastern Tower Project



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Delays in the development of the Eastern Tower Community Center at 10th and Vine St. in Chinatown started to make people wonder if it would happen at all. Now, a $3.7M Economic Growth Initiative state grant has injected some new life into the oft-stalled project. Just last February, the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation needed $33M to get the project off the ground. Now, through the grant ($3.7M) as well as foreign investment in the form of federal EB-5 immigrant-visa program ($33M) and bank loans ($19M), the 23-story building is actually one step closer to reality.
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Old October 30th, 2014, 12:22 AM   #303
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Cecil Baker On Buyers for 500 Walnut: "They Want New York"



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Architect Cecil Baker had some interesting remarks during his presentation in front of the architectural committee of the Philadelphia Historical Commission for the super-luxe 500 Walnut project at 5th and Walnut St.

"What we're selling to is a market that wants floor-to-ceiling glass. They want New York."

PlanPhilly reports the Committee member had "few comments about the design" of the 26-story tower that will rise just south of Independence Hall. The building is being developed by Tom Scannapieco, who knows a thing or two about what people are looking for in a luxury residence, and will be comprised of nearly 40 units and a ground floor retail space.
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Old October 30th, 2014, 12:28 AM   #304
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AC Hotel by Marriot Planned for Historic Warner Bros. Building



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The plans to develop the former Warner Bros. distribution building/NFL Films location at 13th and Florist St. in Chinatown unanimously flew through zoning a few weeks ago, reports Philly Living. Developer Baywood Hotels plans to add a 12-story hotel to the top of the understated Art Deco building. But we knew that already. What we didn't know precisely what brand of hotel we'd be getting — until now. Baywood plans to install an AC Hotel by Marriot, a popular mid-priced European hotel brand that finally made its way across the pond in 2013.
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Old November 1st, 2014, 12:47 AM   #305
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Out With The Old? Hudson Hotel to Replace Iconic Little Pete's



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News broke late Thursday that Councilman Kenyatta Johnson introduced a bill that would allow a the 1600 block between Chancellor and St. James St. to be rezoned, making way for a 12-story boutique hotel. Great news, right? Not exactly, especially for fans of tuna melts at 3 a.m. and old school Philadelphia scenes, as it all but spells the end for Little Pete's diner, the legendary late night spot located at 219 S. 17th St. Jared Brey of PlanPhilly reports that the $125M, 300 room Hudson Hotel will be designed by local architecture firm DAS Architects. It's good news for the city, in the sense that a rundown parking garage will soon be a luxury hotel. However, to those who simply love Little Pete's, it's a straight-up terrible day:
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Old November 4th, 2014, 09:59 AM   #306
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Old November 19th, 2014, 02:03 AM   #307
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Live! Plan Wins Second Casino License



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In a somewhat expected move, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board chose the Live! Hotel and Casino proposal for Philly's second casino license. The proposed $425M project in South Philadelphia would look to bank off of the 8M visitors to the Stadium District each year and become a sister project to the nearby Xfinity Live! complex, creating a walkable entertainment corridor in the area. This was the initial decision in the approval process and the other three applicants have 30 days to appeal the decision. So yeah, this probably isn't done and dusted:
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Old November 19th, 2014, 02:13 AM   #308
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Blatstein Plans Soaring 33-Story Complex on South Broad



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It's really go big to go home for Bart Blatstein at the long-vacant lot on the NE corner of Broad and Washington Ave. With the presentation last night in Hawthorne, it's clear that Bart's goin' mega-big, especially as his unlikely his casino project will make the cut. Blatstein's plan is to create a "town center" type development packed with (eventually) two residential towers filled with between 500-800 units each, a huge amenity deck, multi-story retail experiences and even a grocery store. If all goes well, Blatstein envisions a start date sometime before or around "June 2015."

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Beyer Blinder Belle is the team behind the design, which features a complex 4-story retail component, an amenity deck on top of that and two residential towers. Long strips of retail with varying facades will front both South Broad Street and Washington Avenue. There will also be interior retail, mainly the grocery store that's set back within the complex and also a space for a large retailer on the third floor, which would have its own dedicated parking lot on the third floor as well (think SuperFresh at the Piazza). Blatstein envisions multiple restaurant spaces, a bike shop and possible a day spa to be part of the retail mix.

As for the residential element, it would rise "20- to 28- stories" above the 4-story retail aspect and be completed in two phases. The first tower would rise on the NW corner of the lot at Broad and Carpenter Street. The second would be at the corner of 13th and Washington Avenue.

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Old January 6th, 2015, 07:35 PM   #309
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East Market Development Lands First Major Retail Tenant



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MOM's Organic Market has committed to lease 16,000 square feet at 34 S. 11th Street, aka East Market. MOM's Organic Market is a chain of 12 family-owned and operated organic grocery stores in the Washington/Baltimore area, and was recently voted Best Grocery Store by Philly Magazine for their Bryn Mawr location (opened in February 2014).
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Old January 6th, 2015, 07:41 PM   #310
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Old January 7th, 2015, 02:29 AM   #311
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Those developments are on the other side of the river, correct? The side that Penn and Drexel are on. Its becoming quite a skyline in its own right!
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Old January 7th, 2015, 07:53 PM   #312
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Those developments are on the other side of the river, correct? The side that Penn and Drexel are on. Its becoming quite a skyline in its own right!
That is correct. You are seeing the neighborhood we call University City. This area is seeing a lot of development, with plans to keep that going well into the future. Drexel, Amtrak, and some other partners are conducting a feasibility study about building over a large rail yards in the area. Additionally, Drexel has already purchased several large parking lots and plans to develop them over the coming years. This area has the potential to be a booming part of town, and that certainly could have more skyline additions...
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Old January 10th, 2015, 11:12 AM   #313
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3737 Chestnut Topping Out Soon



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On January 14th at 1:30, Radnor Property Group is celebrating the topping off of its 25-story residential tower, 3737 Chestnut located along the 'flourishing 'Eds and Meds Corridor,'' the developer's release reads.
"We're very pleased to be at this dynamic location," says David Yeager, president of Radnor Property Group, "a block from the University of Pennsylvania's campus and hospital complex, and so close to Drexel."

Move-in date for the first residents of the 276-unit building, which will include one and two-bedroom apartments, a library lounge, and a landscaped rooftop, is expected to be August 1, 2015.
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Old January 13th, 2015, 09:18 PM   #314
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Old January 14th, 2015, 12:27 AM   #315
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Lits Building Rooftop LED Signage Lights Up January 20th



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Like it or not, the Lits Brothers billboard is here. Curbed Philly reported back in November that brackets were in place for the planned 14-foot tall digital signage atop the Lits Brothers Building at 7th and Market, a strong indication that construction on the high-tech ad screen and information center was moving right along. The inaugural lighting of the sign was slated for New Year's Eve, but that date having come and gone, Brickstone Realty and Madison International Realty now report that the rooftop sign will officially be lit on January 20 at 5:30 PM, at an event with Mayor Nutter outside the Dow Chemical Building.
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I am astounded by all of this development in Philly. Seems like a pretty unprecendented boom.
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That CHOP expansion looks so good with the frosted glass and the usage of color. 500 Walnut could look great with some high quality glass.
That Broad and Washington project is truly massive and could kickstart some further development by generating a lot of activity in that area. Ellsworth Federal Station is just two blocks south, close enough to be within a reasonable walking distance for a lot of commuters, but far enough to get some pedestrians to walk along the street.
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I am astounded by all of this development in Philly. Seems like a pretty unprecendented boom.

Philly is in a constant state of change. Majority of development from say 1950-2000 was happening out in the suburbs. The last 10 years that has swung back around to the downtown area. I believe there is $8 Billion dollars worth of development going on right now in Center City/University City. Thats a lot for the Philly region which tends to rely on local developers. The last few years national developers are starting to find out about Phillys potential.
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