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Old January 21st, 2015, 01:17 AM   #321
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Blatstein and Volpe Buy Peco Delaware Station, Hotels Planned



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Well, for better or worse, the guessing game is over: Bart Blatstein and Joseph Volpe state that they have signed a contract with Exelon Corp. to buy the former Delaware Station electric plant in Fishtown and its 1,000-foot Delaware River waterfront and river pier. They expect to close in March.

"We envision two boutique hotels, each leading into their own ballroom with 55-foot high ceilings," said Volpe.

Maybe these guys will see the value of these grand spaces and compliment them with their plans.
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Old January 21st, 2015, 11:32 AM   #322
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One Ardmore Place: Temporary parking plan accepted for Cricket Lot construction period

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ARDMORE >> After several iterations, Lower Merion commissioners have accepted a plan for temporary parking in Ardmore’s downtown during construction of Dranoff Properties’ One Ardmore Place project on the township’s Cricket Avenue parking lot.

That plan, Assistant Township Manager Bob Duncan acknowledged in a presentation Jan. 14, will not replace all of the 150 parking spaces that will be out of commission for up to two years. It aims, however, to meet what township officials have figured is “peak demand” in the area currently served by the lot.

As officials have said before, the plan will also be flexible and open to change as real-time experience is gained, as construction starts in the next months.

Having a plan in place is one more requirement for that process to begin, but even at this late stage, there were concerns about specifics. The Ardmore business community again weighed in, but for the first time, commissioners also heard from a new group of constituents: residents who live in or very near the business district.

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Old January 24th, 2015, 02:31 AM   #323
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Old February 13th, 2015, 03:33 PM   #324
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Mormon temple progressing: Robert AM Stern residential tower to follow.


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Old March 4th, 2015, 07:44 AM   #325
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W Hotel Construction Begins


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Preliminary work has begun on the $280 million W Hotel at 1441 Chestnut St. in Center City.

Tutor Perini Building Corp. has equipment on the site and is readying it for the 52-story tower that will total 780,000 square feet. Once completed, it will have 700 rooms of which 240 rooms will be dedicated under the W Hotel flag and 460 rooms under the Element by Westin flag.

It's early in the process. "We're looking at sensitive areas of the foundation before we dig the entire hole," said Matt Morgan of Tutor Perini's Philadelphia office. "We could start as early as next month depending on what they find."

It definitely is moving forward. Chestlen Development, an entity controlled by Brook Lenfest, is the developer. The hotel is expected to be completed by October 2017.

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Old March 4th, 2015, 07:53 AM   #326
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Under Inspection: Five Residential Projects Currently Breaking Ground

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Though we haven’t yet seen any groundbreaking architectural choices, developers are giving new, large-scale developments more thoughtful, aesthetically-pleasing design than they have had in generations. Construction materials are of higher-quality, façade treatments are more interesting and expressive, and the buildings themselves are increasingly urban-minded, privileging retail uses at street level and deemphasizing parking. Even so, the trend doesn’t hold true for every project. Here we look at five apartment projects that recently broke ground and consider the quality of each one.
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Old March 5th, 2015, 08:43 AM   #327
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Old March 6th, 2015, 01:14 AM   #329
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Market East
Just a note that this is not the Market East development. Market East has not started construction, as the site is currently under demolition of the (soon to be) former structure.

This project is at 15th and Walnut.
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Sleek, Modern Trolleys Coming to Philly

Nationwide, the streetcar trend seems to be ebbing. But SEPTA has big plans to modernize its trolley fleet.

By Malcolm Burnley | March 18, 2015 at 12:51 pm

Philadelphia has the largest trolley system in the nation, a title it’s held since the 1970s. But the old-school tanks climbing up and down city streets look like relics from our parents’ (or grandparents’) generation. Trolleys along Baltimore Avenue in the Southwest are early-80s Kawasaki models; on Girard Avenue, the trolleys are actually reconditioned from the ‘40s.

In a few years, though, that’s going to change in a big way.

In an interview with Citified, SEPTA’s director of strategic planning and analysis, Byron Comati, said that a massive trolley fleet renovation is on the horizon. “Once the Key system is done, the next biggie that has complications will be trolley modernization,” Comati said. “It’s a transformational project. You do this once in a generation.”
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A train bound for New Jersey passes the closed Franklin Square PATCO station in this 2009 file photo. Michael S. Wirtz / Staff Photographer

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The estimated cost to reopen PATCO's long-shuttered Franklin Square subway station in Old City will be at least $18.5 million, a new study says.

That's about 50 percent more than transit officials expected.

The study, requested last year by PATCO's parent Delaware River Port Authority, estimates 1,300 riders would use the station each day, but that nearly all of them would be current riders who now use the 8th and Market Street station.
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New building means new restaurants at 1700 Market




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Market Street West seems to have the makings of a steakhouse district.

A proposed addition to the 1700 Market St. office building would house a high-end steakhouse, its moderate-priced Mexican sibling, and a casual restaurant.

The city zoning board will be asked to approve the plan for a three-story structure - topped with a roof deck - that would occupy a present plaza along 17th Street between Ludlow and Market Streets. The existing building is set back from the streets.



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Old April 21st, 2015, 01:17 AM   #334
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Next for the Gallery: 'Not just another mall'



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Before he decided to reinvent the grim Gallery at Market East as a fashion outlet, Joseph Coradino considered converting it into a standard, suburban-style mall.

The CEO of the Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust also thought about making it into a giant restaurant-and-entertainment venue, or even a full-price high-fashion mall.

But none seemed right for a Market East corridor that had grown decrepit, but now bloomed with new money, construction, and hope.

Coradino combined elements of all three to create a vision for the Fashion Outlets of Philadelphia, a $575 million development whose unveiling last week ended years of speculation about the future of the property.

Before he decided to reinvent the grim Gallery at Market East as a fashion outlet, Joseph Coradino considered converting it into a standard, suburban-style mall.

The CEO of the Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust also thought about making it into a giant restaurant-and-entertainment venue, or even a full-price high-fashion mall.

But none seemed right for a Market East corridor that had grown decrepit, but now bloomed with new money, construction, and hope.

Coradino combined elements of all three to create a vision for the Fashion Outlets of Philadelphia, a $575 million development whose unveiling last week ended years of speculation about the future of the property.

"It's not just another mall," Coradino said. "We're saying, 'Let's build something unique and different in downtown Philadelphia that happens to be in what was a mall.' "

But observers and analysts wonder whether this shiny new mall will be better and more durable than the shiny new mall that opened in 1977 - and failed in short order.

At its core, the proposed makeover is revolutionary to the extent that it blasts open the Gallery's massive concrete facade. Bright, glass storefronts are to welcome pedestrians along several blocks of Market Street. Less radical is the proposed mix of retail, dining, and entertainment.

Major mall landlords, including PREIT at Cherry Hill Mall and Willow Grove Park, have added restaurants and diverse stores to reverse declines in foot traffic.

A defining feature of the Gallery plan is to connect the mall to life on Market Street through inviting facades and sidewalk cafés.

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Carl Dranoff's OTHER Luxury Condo Project: One Riverside



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Tear your gaze, if you can, from the exclusive SLS Lux Philadelphia Hotel for a brief moment. The luxury condominium and hotel project, currently under construction at the corner of Broad and Spruce, has a sister: One Riverside, also brought to you by Carl Dranoff. The official groundbreaking for the project, designed by architect Cecil Baker, will be on Wednesday, May 13. The 22-story building will house 82 condos, 15 of which have already been sold, says Erika Bohl, marketing manager at Dranoff Properties.

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Old May 6th, 2015, 12:09 AM   #336
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That plan actually looks really good! I always thought that nothing could help that mall except a bulldozer, but that plan has shown that it could in fact be saved by adding exterior storefronts and a grand glass entry. I just wish they would do something to the top three floors, which look like a$$hole!
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