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$75M Government Subsidy Apparently Not Enough for Luxury Center City Hotels

In 2013, Philadelphia’s City Council approved a $33 million tax-credit package to help developer Brook Lenfest build two boutique hotels on a vacant lot at 15th and Chestnut […]


Spotted: Is That Construction Equipment at the Future W and Element Hotel Site?

Is the construction of the 755-room W and Element Hotel about to commence on the former parking lot at 15th and Chestnut Street? It certainly […]


Morning Headlines: More Info On Planned W / Element Hotels Coming Next Week

According to PlanPhilly’s Jared Brey, the developers of the planned W and Element Hotels at 15th and Chestnut (currently a parking lot) don’t need zoning […]


Update on Two Big Projects at 15th and Chestnut

We’re seeing progress on two major projects that’ll radically change the intersection of 15th and Chestnut: Brook Lenfest’s long-discussed W and Element hotel tower right […]

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The W Hotel Tax Break: Foolish or Defensible?

So let’s see if I’ve gotten this right: The real reason the bigger, bolder Pennsylvania Convention Center is empty much of the time and getting […]


Brook Lenfest Accused in W Hotel Real Estate Deal–Again

Brook J. Lenfest, scion of philantropist Gerry Lenfest and owner of the Chestnut Street site slated to be the new Starwood Element/W Hotel, is in […]