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The Divine Lorraine and Other North Broad Street Developments

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High expectations for the redevelopment of Philly’s historic and infamous, Divine Lorraine, have been set since it was sold to Blumenfeld’s E.B. Realty Management in 2012. According to Plan Philly, Blumenfeld has made major progress in the last two weeks towards catapulting his vision for the Divine Lorraine into a reality. The Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority approved a $2.5 million loan and a $1 million grant. These funds, in addition to a $3.5 million state grant, will allow Blumenfeld to begin rehabilitating The Divine Lorraine this summer.

The Divine Lorraine is rumored to have 109 apartments, and 20,000 square feet of the ground floor dedicated to a lobby area and retail space.

There’s more to expect out of North Broad Street. KWY’s Mike Dunn reported that plans for a high-rise building and grocery store complex at 13th and Fairmount has received preliminary approval from Philadelphia’s city council. Pairing this new development with the envisioned Divine Lorraine could open up a plethora of neighborhood development opportunities for North Broad Street.

 

 

 


Redesigning LOVE Park

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The famous LOVE Park is about to see some major renovations. According to PlanPhilly.com, this is the last summer with the grey and used (though dearly loved) 2.5 acre park. New York’s Hargreaves Associates is planning and overseeing a $5 million redesign of LOVE park that is more green, artistic, and interactive. Construction is expected to start in the Spring of 2016, with the new and updated park opening Spring-Summer of 2017.


Summer at Penn’s Landing

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Summer is here, and Philadelphia has a full calendar of events to keep you busy. Here is a short list of exciting activities happening the end of June at Penn’s Landing, which is just a short drive or train ride from the Apartments at 1220:

Tall Ships Festival – June 25th – 28th

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Thirteen tall and majestic ships — including the largest rubber ducky in the world — are pulling into the Philadelphia / Camden Waterfront on the Delaware River between Thursday June 25th, and Sunday June 28th. The festival will include tours of the national and international ships, live entertainment, food, games, and more.

Fireworks and Free Concerts – June 27th at 8 PM

Taking place at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, the United States Army Band will be performing a free, live concert. There will be a spectacular fireworks display immediately following the concert. Arrive early enough, and you can catch the Tall Ships Festival with the free concert and fireworks all in the same day.

Philadelphia Orchestra Neighborhood Concert and Fireworks – July 2nd at 8 PM

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The Philadelphia Orchestra is holding its eighth annual free Neighborhood Concert at the Great Plaza in Penn’s Landing. The Neighborhood Concert Series was created to give the gift of music to new audiences in the Greater Philadelphia area. Following the concert will be a land-side Firework display.


Our New Courtyard is Here!

 

 

The big, green, outdoor space we have all been waiting for is finally open, and just in time for summer! Find the entrance to our new, beautiful courtyard next to the gym in our downstairs lobby area.  Enjoy a large  field to run around in, comfy furniture to relax in, tables to eat snacks at, and a spectacular water fountain. Click here for more information on our newest 1220 addition!

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Keep your eyes open, The Apartments at 1220 is planning events for the year to come and this courtyard is our new favorite spot!

 


New Temple Football Stadium?

Will Temple University finally have an on-campus football stadium in the near future? Depending on who you ask the answer is still up in the air but Temple President Neil Theobald has said publicly that a stadium would likely be part of the 2014 master plan.

The contract that Temple currently has with Lincoln Financial Field, which expires in 2018, costs the university about $1.5 million each year. The deal could be a bargain but attendance at home football games this past year was just north of 20,000 while Linc holds north of 65,000. Unfortunately, the dead space creates a problem, especially with rental costs for the university to increase after the end of the current deal.

Temple Owls Football

Temple Owls Football Stadium

There have been whispers of sharing nearby Franklin Field with city 6 rival University of Pennsylvania, an idea that has garnered mixed reviews. While Franklin Field is surely large enough to accommodate any Temple home game, is it really the best option?

It comes as no surprise that the Owls would like a new stadium since switching from the Mid-American Conference in 2011 to the Big East in 2012 to the new American Athletic Conference in 2013. When speaking to roughly 100 alumni at the Lowes Hotel during the second stop on his post-inaugural tour this past November, Theobald sad that the university was in serious discussions about an on-campus football stadium.


Blue Horizon Hotel

The once historic Blue Horizon boxing venue located on N Broad Street will be getting the uplift  it has long  deserved when it is transformed into a boutique hotel with spa, jazz club and restaurant. The Philadelphia City Planning Commission voted in support of a change in zoning that will allow an 8 story, 80 plus hotel room that will eventually be called the Hotel Blue on Broad.

Of course there may be a caveat or speed bump or two along the way. First off, the commission voted only in support of changing the zoning this real estate only, not the recommended block bounded by Broad Street, Master Street, Carlisle Street and Thompson Street. Commissioners voiced concerns about a large blank wall, which would be seen by those traveling North on Broad Street so recent renderings show several large murals filling the space.

Another hiccup is that the building is not currently listed on the local historic register even though is is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. The developer is working with the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission to get listed in order to become eligible for associated rehabilitation tax credits.

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The new boxing venue will hold 800 seats a considerable decrease from the 1,500 that Blue Horizon once held. The property will control more than 100 parking spaces on Carlisle Street alone, which will be adequate for the daily use of the hotel, and is in negotiations with the owners of an existing parking lot that stretches from Carlisle Street to 15th Street that holds 60 cars.

Architectural Drawings of Hotel Blue on Broad

Architectural Drawings of Hotel Blue on Broad


Cupcake Decorating Event

Thanks to all who showed up to our cupcake decorating event last night. Huge success!!!

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Half Court Challenge Attempt – Game 5

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It felt like a home game to current head coach of the Uconn Huskies and former Philadelphia 76ers point guard, Kevin Ollie whose #21 ranked team led comfortably from the start of the game to the finish. Down 33-25 at the midway point, Dan McLaughlin attempted a half court shot for free rent for the year from Apartments@1220. Take a look at the attempt in the video below.

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Dan McLaughlin Half Court Shot

 


Half Court Challenge Attempt – Game 3

Matthew Killian Half Court Attempt

Coming in an underdog against #15 ranked Cincinnati the Temple Owls lost yet another hard fought battle 80-76 at the Liacouras Center. Junior Matthew Killian too would come up just short of the basket with his half court attempt for free rent for the year from Apartments@1220. The good news is that there are 2 more chances try your chance at free rent for a year. Sign up now!

Temple vs Cincinnati Half Court Challenge

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Upcoming Half Court Challenge Schedule

  • Feb 1st vs. Villanova at Liacouras Center
  • Feb 20th vs. Uconn at Liacouras Center Register Now

Half Court Challenge Attempt – Game 2

Ryan Sullivan Half Court Attempt

With the Temple Owls tied up at 41 a piece going into halftime against University of South Florida on January 9th, Ryan Sullivan nearly missed a half court shot during the half time show that would have given him free rent for the year from Apartments@1220. The Owls would go on to lose an 82-75 nail biter. The good news is that there are 4 more chances try your chance at free rent for a year. Sign up now!

Temple vs USF Half Court Challenge

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Upcoming Half Court Challenge Schedule

  • Jan 26th vs. Cincinnati at Liacouras Center
  • Feb 1st vs. Villanova at Liacouras Center
  • March 1st vs. Houston at Liacouras Center


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