A few years ago, circa 2019, plans were announced for a 14-story, 86-room hotel to rise at 122 South 11th Street in Midtown Village, Center City. Since that time, progress on the project has been moving at a snail’s pace, which may be explained by economic uncertainty and a hospitality industry crisis that rolled in the following year. Still, development appears to be ongoing, both in terms of filing activity and on-site action, minimal as it may be. Our recent site visit revealed that the joined pair of low-rise buildings that stands at the site has not yet been demolished, though both appear shuttered, stripped down, and likely gutted.
The Family Court Building at 1801 Vine Street in Center City’s Logan Square area was designed by John T. Widrim and W.R. Morton Keast and built between 1938 and 1941. In 2014, the Philadelphia Family Court moved out and the Peebles Corporation purchased the building with plans to convert it into a 220-room Journal Hotel. The hotel will span 250,000 square feet and feature a roof terrace, lounge area and spa. In addition to the hotel, Peebles is also considering options for some office space within the development.
Completion approaches at the dual-branded W/Element Hotel, a 582-foot tower at 1441 Chestnut Street designed by Cope-Linder Architects. The 773,500 square foot property was first scheduled to be opened back in spring 2018, but the opening date was significantly pushed back. The structure had started rising in August 2016 after setbacks with the foundation, but the tower had made a steady rise, popping into the skyline by the second quarter of 2018. With the concrete structure topped in August 2018 and steel topped with the W logo at the end of October, the jagged-faced tower is now largely finished.