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City 'stands ready' to work with bank that owns Divine Lorraine and responsible developer

The Divine Lorraine, that heartbreak hotel, looms large over North Broad Street and the city's plans for that critical thoroughfare. 
In recent weeks, there has been a fire, high-profile activity by the city to seal the decaying structure, an all-too-feasible parody that reported its imminent demolition and several front-page articles reporting various possible redevelopment proposals. All since Mayor Nutter in a February address to the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, singled out the property as "an historical monument and a keystone to our redevelopment of North Philadelphia."
Alan Greenberger, the deputy mayor for planning and economic development, told Flying Kite that he thinks the most likely use will be residential/hotel. But the city stands ready to work with the bank that owns it and any responsible developer, he says. Calling it a "13-story billboard for blight," Greenberger adds, "no matter what good comes on North Broad, it’s not going to happen till that building gets done."
Stay tuned.

Source: Alan Greenberger, City of Philadelphia
Writer: Elise Vider
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