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Non-Profit Organizations to Rehab Derelict Homes in Overbrook; Developer Plans 722 Rental Units in Southwest Philly

Non-Profit Organizations to Rehab Derelict Homes in Overbrook; Developer Plans 722 Rental Units in Southwest Philly

By Veronica Grecu, Associate Editor June 14-16 will mark the start of a major rehabilitation project in Overbrook, a West Philadelphia neighborhood with below-average income rates. Volunteers from local companies, community leaders and officials are expected to join in for the rehabilitation of nearly 30 derelict homes and also participate…

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City-Owned Vacant Property Sales Made Easier with New Online Tool

City-Owned Vacant Property Sales Made Easier with New Online Tool

The Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority (PRA) has shared details about a much-needed initiative to develop an online vacant property database that will integrate a large number of city-owned empty buildings and blighted parcels.…

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Downsized Marina View Project Could Roll Out Again, Needs Improvement

Downsized Marina View Project Could Roll Out Again, Needs Improvement

Marina View, a failed 30-story, $100 million project proposed by developer Lou Cicalese in 2005 for Philadelphia’s Central Delaware Waterfront, could see new life as a scaled-down apartment building. As reported by the Philadelphia Business Journal, the developer has teamed up with the same contractors—Ensemble Real Estate Investments and BLT…

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Building 661 at Navy Yard to Become EEB Hub Headquarters

Building 661 at Navy Yard to Become EEB Hub Headquarters

By Veronica Grecu, Associate Editor The long-vacant Building 661 at the Philadelphia Navy Yard will become the new headquarters of the U.S. Department of Energy Innovation Hub for Energy-Efficient Buildings (EEB Hub), a federally funded organization launched in January 2011 by Pennsylvania State University and formerly known as the Greater…

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New Upscale Hotels Take Over Center City Philadelphia

New Upscale Hotels Take Over Center City Philadelphia

Boston-based hospitality Sonesta International Hotels, which operates nearly 30 luxury hotels catering to premium business and leisure travelers, will open its first hotel in Pennsylvania on June 18. The new Sonesta Hotel Philadelphia will replace the existing Crowne Plaza Philadelphia Downtown, the only hotel to be found on Market Street…

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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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