Blumenfeld Plans 126 Apartment Units And Retail At Divine Lorraine

 

  • Real estate developer Eric Blumenfeld has reacquired the Divine Lorraine, repors the Inquirer. He plans 126 rental apartments and retail on the ground floor. Hidden City had originally reported on Blumenfeld’s renewed interest in the icon of North Philly. You can read that coverage HERE.
  • Chestnut Hill has been listed among the ranks of the Great Neighborhoods of 2012by the American Planning Association. The designation denotes a urban neighborhood well versed in the benefits of proactive city planning; the Northwest section was singled out for its successful focus on preserved architecture and inspired landscaping. “Chestnut Hill’s eclectic charm,” muses CEP Paul Farmer, “comes from its uncommon assemblage of architectural styles and extensive use of indigenous building materials and native plants that blend seamlessly with the rocks, streams and forests of Wissahickon Valley.”
  • It wasn’t long ago that the storefront of the web design firm YIKES in Fishtown was a vacant tavern. Yet on September 21, it became “the first LEED Platinum mixed-use rehab project in Pennsylvania,”reports Grid. Besides a fair amount of insulation, the designers over at Greensaw utilized salvaged materials for the project.
  • Riding to work recently on 10th Street, The Philly Post’s Brian Howard was surprised to see the return of a modified bike lane despite Chinatown opposition that he thought had killed it. Howard regards the return of a stripped down version of the old lane as an effective compromise between vested interests, yet feels strongly that “what Philly ultimately needs is more, not fewer and fractured, downtown bike lanes.”
  • The Inquirer’s Karen Heller talks to Nicole Marquis, the owner of the newly opened HipCityVeg, located right off of Rittenhouse Square. Marquis hopes that this very expensive slice of downtown Philadelphia, with its increasingly younger denizens, may be transformative.”When you have a shift in the foodscape that suggests a change in other areas,” she says. “When people change their idea of what’s good for them in food, they expand their horizons in other ways.”
About the author

Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.

Send a message!



1 Comment


  1. I’m glad to see the Divine Lorraine Hotel be re-purposed and not torn down. The building has an interesting and rich history. I hope everything works out with Blumenfeld’s plans.

Recent Posts
New Delaware Avenue Development Proposals Put Maritime Supply Warehouse In A Corner

New Delaware Avenue Development Proposals Put Maritime Supply Warehouse In A Corner

April 17, 2015  |  News, Vantage

Time bought for the former Edward Corner Marine Merchandize Warehouse in a zoning meeting Wednesday night. Fishtown neighbors shot down developer Michael Samschick's large-scale mixed-use proposals for the three adjoining lots along Delaware Avenue. Contributor Stephen Stofka was there and has a few take-away recommendations for a less sprawling, more conscientious treatment of the blocks > more

The City Of Neighborhoods, For Better Or Worse

The City Of Neighborhoods, For Better Or Worse

April 17, 2015  |  Morning Blend

A look at the decentralized state of affairs in Center City, Live Nation announces plans for reuse of Fishtown factory, and distressed parkers fight South Philly proposal > more

Broad, Market, And The Wholesome City

Broad, Market, And The Wholesome City

April 16, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Reflections on the laying of the cornerstone to City Hall, short film eavesdrops in on Philadelphians in motion, Samschick’s Delaware Avenue projects not too popular with residents, Rebuilding Together Philadelphia celebrates milestone, and community input for West Philly plan > more

In Strawberry Mansion, Making The Case For Adaptive Reuse

In Strawberry Mansion, Making The Case For Adaptive Reuse

April 15, 2015  |  Soapbox

The 100-year old Metropolitan Garage in Strawberry Mansion is as unique as it it is oddly charming. Located right across the street form the entrance of East Fairmount Park, with a great view of the city skyline to boot, Hidden City contributor Oscar Beisart thinks that a bold reuse of the building just might be the kind of creative investment the neighborhood needs. Though, demolition permits are already in place and another opportunity to keep our historic, industrial fabric intact may soon be lost > more

“Air” Installed By The Schuylkill

“Air” Installed By The Schuylkill

April 15, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Famed sculptor’s 1979 piece back on public display, storefront improvement program reportedly strangled by federal regulation, northern concrete City Hall apron to be repoured, and using co-working spaces as a reinvigorator of East Market Street > more

Original Design Of Courtyard Gates To Be Installed At City Hall

Original Design Of Courtyard Gates To Be Installed At City Hall

April 13, 2015  |  Morning Blend

New gates for City Hall were designed in 1869, the mixed blessing of the South Philly refinery, Guinn to design mural for Wissahickon train station, Brandywine Realty moves into Old City, and Squilla promotes valet parking as solution for waterfront clubs > more