When devising his own proposal for the rebirth of the Philadelphia Inquirer building, developer Bart Blatstein turned to an architect with gaming design in his veins—Paul Steelman of Las Vegas-based Steelman Partners. The resultant proposal for the Provence entertainment complex brings a little je ne sais quoi to Center City with its heavily French influences, a nod to other landmark buildings in town, and a respectful sense of elegance and purpose for the landmark property.
The plans include turning the iconic tower into a 125-room hotel, the former newsroom into a casino and the rooftop into two city blocks of shops, restaurants, fountains, seating, and sweeping views of the city. The inviting layout of the rooftop entertainment area is based on open air shopping districts in France. Among the distinct eateries to be peppered throughout the complex are settings designed for bright brunches, intimate cocktails and cozy dinners, ensuring the property's appeal extends well beyond gambling.
In related news, the dates to let the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board know how you feel about the awarding of the second casino license in Philadelphia are fast approaching. As of today your opportunities are April 11, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and April April 12, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 114; and on May 8, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Lincoln Financial Field, West Club Level.
· Steelman Partners [Official]
· Gaming Control Board Announces Expanded Public Input Schedule for Philadelphia Casino License [Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board]