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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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Girard Square

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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.

Divine Lorraine Hotel

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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.

Metropolitan Opera House

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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.

Casino Revolution

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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.

Hollywood Casino

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

The Provence

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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.

Live! Hotel and Casino

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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.

Market8 Casino

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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.

A New Comcast Tower

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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.

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.

The Royal Theater

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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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Girard Square

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.

Divine Lorraine Hotel

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.

Metropolitan Opera House

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.

Casino Revolution

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.

Hollywood Casino

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

The Provence

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.

Live! Hotel and Casino

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.

Market8 Casino

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.

A New Comcast Tower

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.

30th Street Railyards

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.

The Royal Theater

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.