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Old April 5th, 2012, 11:53 AM   #41
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2116 Chestnut update:

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Tower crane will be up and running at Drexel LeBow job tomorrow!
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Old May 7th, 2012, 08:10 AM   #43
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Another Hotel on the Horizon for Center City?


As we continue to claw our way back from the financial crisis that’s weighed us down since 2008, we’re encouraged when we hear about major downtown projects that indicate renewed optimism in the marketplace. The hospitality industry has been fairly stagnant over the past decade, though we’ve seen some recent action when the Hotel Palomar opened in 2009. Hotel Monaco in Old City is set to open later this year.

Last week was the groundbreaking for the new 246 room Home2 Suites by Hilton at 12th and Arch Sts., a project we told you about six months ago. Though about $10M in government loans and grants are funding this project, another $50M of private capital makes up the difference. Just last week, we gave you the heads up about a boutique, 150 room hotel planned for East Chestnut Street.

And now, according to a thread on Philadelphia Speaks, another hotel is in the works, just down the street from City Hall. User Aro1419 contacted Starwood Hotels about a future W Hotel listed on their website, located at 1441 Chestnut St., with an expected opening date of January 2015. Representatives responded in the affirmative, which is good news indeed.

Provided this hotel gets built (not something that we’ll consider a guarantee until they break ground), the former site of One Meridian Plaza will finally be filled in and fully utilized for the first time in over two decades. For those unfamiliar with the story, One Meridian Plaza, an office building, caught fire in 1991, resulting in the tragic deaths of three firefighters. The blighted, unusable building remained until 1999, due to litigation. A surface parking lot was located here for seven years, until The Residences at the Ritz Carlton, completed in 2009, filled the other half of the lot.

Hopefully, downtown parking will get a little more difficult in the near future, when hotel construction begins and the remaining surface lot closes down for good.

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W Hotel planned for Chestnut Street



May 03, 2012|By Suzette Parmley, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER

An upscale W Hotel is scheduled to break ground next year on a half-acre site that was originally planned for a $420 million Waldorf-Astoria Hotel with luxury condominiums before the lending markets collapsed four years ago.

The new hotel would sit on what is now a surface parking lot at 1441 Chestnut St, just behind the Ritz-Carlton Hotel and its condo tower, according to a representative of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide Inc., which owns the W brand.

“It is going through,” Katherine Tory, a member of Starwood’s development team, said Tuesday. “Construction is set to begin in about a year.”
Given this site was cleared for the cancelled Waldorf Astoria, a W Hotel could rise as high as 700 ft. Most likely it will be in the low 300s...but who knows?


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Old May 9th, 2012, 02:15 AM   #44
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Barnes Museum nears May 19 opening


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Old May 21st, 2012, 12:01 AM   #45
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Mid-rise apartment building planned for empty lot just north of Ben Franklin Bridge



Another new development is proposed for the Central Delaware Waterfront – an 11-story apartment building, just north of the Ben Franklin Bridge in Old City.

Previously, the development proposed by Ensemble Real Estate, called Marina View Tower, was going to be a high-rise. It is now set to be a mid-rise, more than 120 feet tall, slightly shorter than the stone pier of the bridge.

While shorter than it once was, the building is higher than the 100-foot height limit called for in the draft of the Central Delaware Zoning Overlay.

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Old May 28th, 2012, 07:43 AM   #46
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Temple U. Moves Forward With $144 Million New Library



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A new $144 million, 300-350,000 square foot library just north of McGonigle Hall on North Broad Street will be a beacon of Temple University’s “more urban and urbane campus,” according to a request for design proposals sent recently to architects.

The project, under the direction of new university architect Margaret Carney, follows on the goals set by Temple’s 2020 Framework masterplan and a 2008 library assessment and includes $50 million in funding from the state, approved by Governor Corbett.
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Second Time's The Charm For Haddington Apartment Building



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West Philadelphia nonprofit ACHIEVEability will cut the ribbon Wednesday on a $7 million renovation of its historic Lawson Residences at Von Louhr, on 61st St. just south of Market. The neighborhood has seen little investment for decades, but ACHIEVability combined tax credits in a new way to help finance the project.

“It’s probably the largest development in that immediate area in the last 50 years,” said ACHIEVEability CEO Marcus Allen. “I think it’ll have an immediate economic impact because many people who worked on this project were from this area, from West Philadelphia. It’s also going to have a great impact on the value of the houses around it.”
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The Barnes Foundation / Tod Williams + Billie Tsien

http://www.archdaily.com/238238/the-...-billie-tsien/

Architects: Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects (TWBTA)
Location: 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA
Landscape Architect: OLIN
Key Dates: September 10, 2007 Selection of architects; October 7, 2009 Design unveiling; November 13, 2009 Groundbreaking; May 18, 2012 Building dedication; May 19, 2012 Opening of the Barnes Foundation
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Temple Names 26 Story Rising Tower For Mitch Morgan


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Old May 31st, 2012, 07:54 PM   #51
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Old June 29th, 2012, 11:55 PM   #53
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New Rentals Coming to Center City, University City



At a meeting with investors, Brandywine Realty Trust's head honchos disclosed big plans for new rental properties. First among them: By the end of 2014, there'll be 292 apartments at 1919 Market Street, along with 55,000 square feet of retail space. Also, University City's Cira Centre South will have a "mixed-use residential development" for student housing and regular-people housing.

There are also other big plans for new construction in New Jersey and Pennsylvania that will be announced later, but for now, it seems certain that Center City and U City will see a significant bump in available apartments for rent.

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Residences At The Lorraine



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Owners Lorraine Land LLP contracted Cope Linder Architects to design a proposal for a residential mixed use development for the Divine Lorraine and surrounding properties. The project has not yet received approval and there is no date set for construction. I will say that this project would be a sure positive boost for the surrounding communities.

The program calls for 150 condos and restaurant in the restored Divine Hotel. Mixed-use development of 450 one-bedroom and efficiency units, supermarket, health club, cafe, and 620 space parking garage all adjacent to a new pedestrian plaza.




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Wistar Institute Expansion Begins



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The Wistar institute, located in the heart of the University of Pennsylvania campus has begun construction on its planned expansion of the institute. The new facility will be replacing an older building in the middle of their Spruce Street complex. Construction should take about 2 years to complete.


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New Tower Development At 933 Penn St


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Developers plan to construct a twenty-story 215 foot tall residential building with parking on the first five floors, with 200 apartment units above at 933 N. Penn St. adjacent to Sugarhouse Casino and Waterfront Square. There will also be 1500 SF of lower level retail. The developer plans to use 17,000 SF of the lot and offer to donate the exiting pier 40 that is part of the site to the city. The city however does not feel the pier will benefit the because it is not at the terminus of a major river- city connector street. The pier would also cost $7 million to reconstruct and $3 million to demolish and leave the piles for marine life habitation.

Older render of a previous attept to build a high rise at this address.

This tower exceeds current height limits (100 ft) for that area. There may be many twists and turns to this saga...
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Old July 8th, 2012, 09:02 AM   #57
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New Eastern Tower Community Center



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New construction looms on the horizon for Chinatown North. The Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corp. plans to create a 23-story, multipurpose tower located at the northwest corner of 10th and Vine streets. The first two floors of the building will include the recreational area and retail space. The remainder of the tower will be used for residential units and offices featuring spectacular views of the city.

Zoning for the future structure is in place and approved, making it the largest building in Chinatown. The goal of the PCDC is to start building next year with a two year construction timeline to follow. They are currently in the process of selecting the perfect architect for the job.


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Old August 1st, 2012, 06:03 AM   #58
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2116 Chestnut cranking up:


http://nakedphilly.com/rittenhouse/u...estnut-street/

and a reminder of where we're all going:


http://phillyshark.blogspot.com/2011...-marriott.html
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2040 Market St

In May:

bizjournals

This month:

http://nakedphilly.com/tag/2040-market-street/


http://nakedphilly.com/tag/2040-market-street/


http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show....php?p=5782904
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Morgan Hall at Temple University rising nicely:


http://www.facebook.com/templeu?sk=taggednotes

Final beam being raised:

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