PROVENCE, TO REVEAL
The iconic Philadelphia Inquirer Building stands vacant now, but if Bart Blatstein has his way he’s going to build a casino resort that will be worthy of such an iconic building
Today architect Paul Steelman, who is based in Las Vegas, Nevada
and Macau and is notable for designing casinos and entertainment venues around the world, as well as embracing environmental elements and incorporating them into a structure.
The newsroom floor would be the new casino floor. The windows will remain to let natural light in, smoking would be regulated according to state law,
the room will be exciting with a 120,000 square-foot, high-quality casino featuring 3,300 electronic gaming machines (slots and automated table games),
The casino and resort entrances will be on the south and west sides of the building (Callowhill and 15th Streets), but you don’t have to go through the casino to get to the 120,000 square-foot, family-oriented rooftop village, an French influenced square;
plus a 75,000 square-foot concert hall; eight restaurants; a private swim club with two pools; a 9,000 square-foot nightclub; 60,000 square feet of upscale shops; a 20,000 square-foot Spa & Fitness Center; (the tower will be removed and the communal square will be built out on a flat surface)
The family-oriented rooftop village will include many of the charming elements that you would find in France, and in Philadelphia.
City Hall’s architectural style is French 2nd Empire, and we honor the Champs–Elysees avenue in Paris with our own Ben Franklin Parkway.
The entrance and exit ramps for Rt676 would be reconfigured and a gorgeous seasonal park would be created. Each new season would be reflective in plantings and decorations. Christmas time would celebrate the old John Wanamaker’s tradition with festive lights.
The hallmarks of the 1.25 million square-foot Provence resort and casino complex include a 125-room hotel housed in the landmark tower of the former Inquirer building, which will have an entrance on Broad Street. Blatstein plans to keep the facade the same which fits into the historic North Broad Street architectural style. He plans to assist in maintaining the historic street-scape all the way up to Temple University.
The 125 room hotel will keep many of the historic elements that the Inquirer building housed, like these beautiful cast iron staircases
The former State Building in the background, which is now owned and operated by Tower Investments as an apartment complex and is called The Tower Place apartments .
The Blatstein organization’s biggest stress of the day was that this was a great fit for Philadelphia, especially North Broad. The focus was on the resort part of the complex, with only about 20% of the space being the casino, it’s a place you can take the family shopping, relaxing, sit by the pool, see a show. It’s a destination and adds value to the City. This week all the casino’s present their plans for their casino’s and I look forward to hearing what the others have to offer.
(“Tower”), led by Principal Bart Blatstein, is a leading developer of
retail, entertainment, mixed use, residential and commercial properties
in the Philadelphia area. Since 1978, the company has distinguished
itself as an innovator and pioneer, finding significant opportunities in
areas overlooked and underserved by more traditional firms. Based in
Philadelphia, Tower is a privately held development company with
expertise in all aspects of planning, design, construction, financing
and leasing. Tower is known for its aggressive and creative urban
investments in major projects. Tower has developed millions of square
feet of retail, commercial, entertainment and residential space. Among
the firm’s other projects are Avenue North on Broad Street in North
Philadelphia and entertainment, commercial and residential developments
in Manayunk. Tower also pioneered waterfront development in
Philadelphia, along with pioneering the revitalization of Northern
Liberties and North Broad Street. Tower is committed to creating
mixed-use urban enterprises that enhance the cityscape, improve the
City’s tax base and create employment and business opportunities. More
information is available @ http://www.towerdev.com.