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Homewood Suites by Hilton to Open in University City

Homewood Suites by Hilton to Open in University City

By Veronica Grecu, Associate Editor Hilton Hotels & Resorts is consolidating its presence in the city of Philadelphia with Homewood Suites, an 11-story extended stay facility that’s nearing completion. Development company Campus Apartments LLC broke ground on the $50 million hotel in December 2010, reports The Daily Pennsylvanian, and an…

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Paseo Verde is Philadelphia’s Newest Green Affordable Housing Development

Paseo Verde is Philadelphia’s Newest Green Affordable Housing Development

Work has begun on Paseo Verde, a multimillion-dollar mixed-use/mixed-income green development in a distressed neighborhood in North Philadelphia, next to the Temple University Regional Rail Station.…

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Philadelphia’s Franklin Institute Breaks Ground on New Addition, Anticipates LEED Silver

Philadelphia’s Franklin Institute Breaks Ground on New Addition, Anticipates LEED Silver

The Franklin Institute broke ground on the first major expansion in more than two decades, a $65 million pavilion meant to broaden the science museum’s educational impact. Located on the south side of the museum, the 53,000-square-foot expansion will be called the Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pavilion in recognition of…

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The Kimmel Center Starts $14 M Renovation Project, Lands Famous Chef Jose Garces

The Kimmel Center Starts $14 M Renovation Project, Lands Famous Chef Jose Garces

By Veronica Grecu, Associate Editor Less than one week after the grand opening of Philadelphia’s X-Finity Live!, another local performing arts venue is set for a $14 million major renovation process at two of its public spaces, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer. Work [...]…

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The Arden Theatre Announces $5.8 Million Expansion Plans

The Arden Theatre Announces $5.8 Million Expansion Plans

By Veronica Grecu, Associate Editor One of Philadelphia’s most important art places, The Arden Theatre, is set to expand in a building located just three doors from its current location at 40 N. 2nd Street, between Market and Arch Streets in [...]…

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The Divine Lorraine Hotel Saga Continues with Redevelopment Plan

The Divine Lorraine Hotel Saga Continues with Redevelopment Plan

By Veronica Grecu, Associate Editor After years of failed renovation attempts and a recent announcement that a sale is imminent, Philadelphia’s Divine Lorraine Hotel and the adjacent lot could be turned into a center for art and public education. The redevelopment idea [...]…

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Xfinity Live! to Open Gates on March 30

Xfinity Live! to Open Gates on March 30

By Veronica Grecu, Associate Editor In less than three weeks, Philadelphians will have access to the city’s newest entertainment complex, a 60,000-square-foot venue that will most likely become a hot spot for sports fans and residents alike. Xfinity Live! was built [...]…

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Hersha Hospitality Trust Buys Rittenhouse Hotel in Philadelphia for $42M

Hersha Hospitality Trust Buys Rittenhouse Hotel in Philadelphia for $42M

By Veronica Grecu, Associate Editor  Philadelphia’s famous Rittenhouse Hotel, one of the finest hotels globally according to a Travel + Leisure 2011 ranking, and the 10th Business Hotel in the World, is no longer a part of the Rittenhouse Development Corp. portfolio. Hersha Hospitality [...]…

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Philadelphia Promotes Sustainable Energy Through New Biogas Facility and Website

Philadelphia Promotes Sustainable Energy Through New Biogas Facility and Website

By Veronica Grecu, Associate Editor Following a $47.5 million agreement between Framingham, MA-based Ameresco and the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD), a new biogas-to-energy facility will be designed, built and maintained at the Northeast Water Pollution Control Plant (NEWPCP) located at 3895-3899 [...]…

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Mysterious Buyer Could Save Divine Lorraine Hotel

Mysterious Buyer Could Save Divine Lorraine Hotel

By Veronica Grecu, Associate Editor Almost one week after Mayor Michael Nutter assured the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce that the city will actively pursue redevelopment alternatives for the dilapidated Divine Lorraine Hotel, the property’s owners announced that a sale is [...]…

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Drexel University to Break Ground on New Student Housing Development

Drexel University to Break Ground on New Student Housing Development

By Veronica Grecu, Associate Editor On February 21 Drexel University and Texas-based American Campus Communities (ACC) will break ground on a 361,200-square-foot mixed use complex that will serve as a vibrant gateway for Drexel University and University City. Scheduled  for completion [...]…

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A $50 Million Make Over for Dilworth Plaza

A $50 Million Make Over for Dilworth Plaza

By Veronica Grecu, Associate Editor City officials gathered earlier this week to celebrate the start of renovations at Dilworth Plaza, now known as the hot spot of the Occupy Philadelphia movement. Located on the west side of City Hall, Dilworth Plaza’s [...]…

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