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Eleven Development Plans We'll Find Out About in 2014

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2013 was a year of revealed renderings: many development projects were announced, released, rendered, and hyped. Still others were pre-announced, hinted at, and buzzed about. Here's a map of development sites that we'll know more about before the year is over.


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1. Girard Square

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1150 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Girard Square, a huge hunk of building that runs between 11th and 12th on Market Street, is due for a serious overhaul. Officials from SSH investments say that they'll unveil their plans this year.

2. Divine Lorraine Hotel

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699 N Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19123

Developer Eric Blumenfeld current and former owner of the Divine Lorraine Hotel, says that he's optimistic about his plans for the blighted beauty of Broad Street, and with any luck, 2014 will be the year he reveals them.

3. Metropolitan Opera House

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858 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130

Eric Blumenfeld's other buzzed about vacant beauty on Broad Street, the Metropolitan Opera House (built by Oscar Hammerstein in 1908), is also the subject of much speculation. Last October, interior demolition was observed onsite. This year should bring news of a potential futue.

4. Casino Revolution

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Pattison Avenue & South Front Street
Philadelphia, PA 19148

Officials from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board say they'll make a decision about Philly's second casino license this spring. Until then, all five remaining casinos will make their cases.

5. Hollywood Casino

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Packer Avenue & South 7th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19148

The Holywood Casino hasn't received a ton of press, but it is still in the running for Philly's second casino license.

6. The Provence

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North Broad Street & Callowhill Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130

Though the idea of a French resort casino on North Broad might sound a little far fetched, Bart Blatstein, the developer behind The Piazza in NoLibs, is pretty convinced he can pull it off. That is, of course, if the gaming board grants him a casino license.

7. Live! Hotel and Casino

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900 Packer Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19148

The Live! casino is one of three South Philly contenders, and hasn't been getting much press attention of late, but it is still gunning for the second license.

8. Market8 Casino

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Market Street & North 8th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Market 8, the only casino proposal located right in the middle of Center City has gotten favorable reviews from the city, and seems like a front runner in the race for the second casino license.

9. A New Comcast Tower

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Arch Street & North 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Will Comcast expand their campus with a new tower built by Pritzker prize winning architect Norman Foster? Maybe. Hidden City reported in September of 2013 that if there's another Comcast tower built at 18th and Arch, it will be designed by Norman Foster.

10. 30th Street Railyards

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Both Drexel and Amtrak are investing in master-planning for potential uses of the railyards, incluing building a cap over them and creating a few new acres of developable real estate. The official yay or nay might just come out this year.

11. The Royal Theater

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1524 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19146

The fate of the historic Royal Theater hangs in the balance: will it be partially, or completely preserved? Will the whole thing get torn down? With controversy brewing, answers should arrive soon.

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1. Girard Square

1150 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Girard Square, a huge hunk of building that runs between 11th and 12th on Market Street, is due for a serious overhaul. Officials from SSH investments say that they'll unveil their plans this year.

1150 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

2. Divine Lorraine Hotel

699 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

Developer Eric Blumenfeld current and former owner of the Divine Lorraine Hotel, says that he's optimistic about his plans for the blighted beauty of Broad Street, and with any luck, 2014 will be the year he reveals them.

699 N Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19123

3. Metropolitan Opera House

858 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130

Eric Blumenfeld's other buzzed about vacant beauty on Broad Street, the Metropolitan Opera House (built by Oscar Hammerstein in 1908), is also the subject of much speculation. Last October, interior demolition was observed onsite. This year should bring news of a potential futue.

858 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130

4. Casino Revolution

Pattison Avenue & South Front Street, Philadelphia, PA 19148

Officials from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board say they'll make a decision about Philly's second casino license this spring. Until then, all five remaining casinos will make their cases.

Pattison Avenue & South Front Street
Philadelphia, PA 19148

5. Hollywood Casino

Packer Avenue & South 7th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19148

The Holywood Casino hasn't received a ton of press, but it is still in the running for Philly's second casino license.

Packer Avenue & South 7th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19148

6. The Provence

North Broad Street & Callowhill Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130

Though the idea of a French resort casino on North Broad might sound a little far fetched, Bart Blatstein, the developer behind The Piazza in NoLibs, is pretty convinced he can pull it off. That is, of course, if the gaming board grants him a casino license.

North Broad Street & Callowhill Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130

7. Live! Hotel and Casino

900 Packer Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19148

The Live! casino is one of three South Philly contenders, and hasn't been getting much press attention of late, but it is still gunning for the second license.

900 Packer Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19148

8. Market8 Casino

Market Street & North 8th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Market 8, the only casino proposal located right in the middle of Center City has gotten favorable reviews from the city, and seems like a front runner in the race for the second casino license.

Market Street & North 8th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

9. A New Comcast Tower

Arch Street & North 18th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Will Comcast expand their campus with a new tower built by Pritzker prize winning architect Norman Foster? Maybe. Hidden City reported in September of 2013 that if there's another Comcast tower built at 18th and Arch, it will be designed by Norman Foster.

Arch Street & North 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

10. 30th Street Railyards

Philadelphia, PA

Both Drexel and Amtrak are investing in master-planning for potential uses of the railyards, incluing building a cap over them and creating a few new acres of developable real estate. The official yay or nay might just come out this year.

11. The Royal Theater

1524 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19146

The fate of the historic Royal Theater hangs in the balance: will it be partially, or completely preserved? Will the whole thing get torn down? With controversy brewing, answers should arrive soon.

1524 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19146