Morning Headlines: New Luxury Hotel to Replace Four Seasons After Renovation

Rendering of the Comcast Innovation and Technology Center interior.

Rendering of the Comcast Innovation and Technology Center interior.

The Inquirer’s Bob Fernandez reports the Four Seasons Hotel, set to move to the Comcast Innovation and Technology Center when it’s completed in 2018, will shut its doors at One Logan Square this June. Following an extensive renovation, its former site will reopen under a yet to be named luxury hotel (although whispers of a Marriott have been circulating.)

Sage Hospitality, Fernandez adds, will be in charge of the transition and intends to keep as many Four Seasons employees as possible:

Walter Isenberg, chief executive officer and president of Sage Hospitality, said that the Four Seasons in Philadelphia “has earned a spot as one of the city’s most important hospitality assets. While honoring the property’s past, we will make it relevant to today’s traveler as a modern luxury hotel. We are excited to be joining the Philadelphia community and look forward to introducing a new restaurant concept from our Sage Restaurant Group.”

Sage intends to retain as many Four Seasons employees as possible, Isenberg said.

Four Seasons to close for renovations in June [Inquirer]

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PHOTOS: The Foundation Mat Concrete Pour for the New Comcast Tower

The largest concrete pour in Philadelphia history thus far (although some would beg to differ, see comment in the linked post) took place Friday night and continued on until Saturday morning. It was riveting stuff and apparently people gathered for the momentous occasion to immortalize it in social media heaven.

Below, some photos from the event:

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Brewerytown Revitalization to Continue as Developer Set to Invest $60 Million

Photo credit: Brewerytown Living.

Photo credit: Brewerytown Living.

MM Partners, a developer who has invested close to $45 million in Brewerytown within the last decade, according to Natalie Kostelni at the Philadelphia Business Journal, plans to keep the neighborhood booming with approximately $60 million in future investments.

Kostelni reports MM Partners, which has “more than 50 residential, retail and mixed-use properties” in Brewerytown, has mainly kept its eye on a five-block stretch of the neighborhood. Below are Kostelni’s roundup of some of the developer’s in-progress projects:
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Morning Headlines: New Comcast Tower Requires the Largest Concrete Pour In Philly’s History

Rendering of Comcast Technology and Innovation Center via NBC10.

Rendering of Comcast Technology and Innovation Center via NBC10.

The Comcast Innovation and Technology Center will hold two titles when it’s completed: Philadelphia’s tallest skyscraper and largest concrete pour. According to the Inquirer’s Bob Fernandez, contractors are set to pour “400 truckloads of concrete” for the skyscraper’s foundation mat, “one of the largest concrete pours in city history” per city officials.

Fernandez reports the 1800 block of Arch will be closed during the pour, which will start at midnight tonight and end Saturday at 5:00pm. The foundation mat will be attached to city bedrock and weight up to 15 million pounds.

Rain or shine,’ concrete will pour in Center City [Inquirer]

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Brand New Queen Lane Apartments Will Have Wednesday Groundbreaking

The demolished Queen Lane Apartments building via Google Street View.

The demolished Queen Lane Apartments building via Google Street View.

The Philadelphia Housing Authority has announced that it will break ground on the new Queen Lane Apartments development in Germantown on December 17th.

Expected to reach completion before this time next year, the project will consist of 55 apartment units with “a mix of low-rise flats, walkups, and townhouses.”

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Morning Headlines: 4601 Market Closer to Being New Police Headquarters

Photo credit: Laura Kicey

Photo credit: Laura Kicey

The Planning Commission approved a zoning change for 4601 Market earlier this week, which means the former Provident Mutual Life Insurance Building is closer to becoming the Philadelphia Public Safety Services campus.

PlanPhilly’s Matt Golas reports that breathing new life into the structure, which will eventually be the new headquarters of the Philadelphia Police Department, medical examiner’s office and city morgue, has “long been supported by the local preservation community” and that adaptively reusing the project is part of the city’s larger plan to revitalize neighborhoods:

Fulfilling the Philadelphia City Planning Commission’s 2035 Plan goals, the campus will also employ stormwater management practices, enhance public space, and have easy access to SEPTA’s Market-Frankford EL 46th Street Station.

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What Do You Think the New LOVE Park Should Look Like?

Photo credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo credit: Jeff Fusco

JFK plaza is getting a top to bottom redesign and you have a say in the matter.

According to CBS Philly’s Mike Dunn, officials “will be all ears” when it comes to hearing out residents’ ideas for the renovation.  The meeting is set for 6:00pm at the Central branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia. Sign-in starts at 5:30pm.

Open Call For Ideas on Love Park Redesign [CBS Philly]

Morning Headlines: Temple to Construct Massive Library and Common Green Space

Among the projects included in Temple University’s master plan for its main campus is a library, a massive 210,000-square-foot structure that will include a green roof and outdoor balcony. Temple Director of Communications Hillel Hoffmann says it will be the university’s “new centerpiece.”

Indeed, the building is being designed by Snøhetta, “an architectural firm renowned for its innovative library designs,” and Philly-based Stantec.

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Conshohocken Apartment Complex to Break Ground Early Next Year

An office building along the train line in Conshohocken.  Photo credit:  Montgomery County Planning Commission via Flickr.

An office building along the train line in Conshohocken.
Photo credit: Montgomery County Planning Commission via Flickr.

According to Natalie Kostelni at the Philadelphia Business Journal, Mack-Cali Realty Corp. is aiming for an early 2015 groundbreaking for its newly acquired parcel in Conshohocken.

Kostelni says Mack-Cali bought the riverfront property from O’Neill Property Group and already has the 3-plus-acre site at 51 Washington St. approved for 310 apartments. Here’s more from PBJ:  Read more »

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