North Broad Street has an incredible diversity of people, interests, uses and possibilities. We’re going to do this right, and we need your help. Part of this strategy is to identify where we can work together, and where the government can also spur growth and development. And I have just the place to start: we are actively pursuing opportunities to transform the Divine Lorraine.Back in October, an Inquirer article about revitalization on North Broad Street mentioned that the city is putting pressure on the Divine Lorraine’s owners, who then owed $676,692.04 in real estate taxes. At the time Mayor Nutter said, “We're trying to get the attention of the building owners before we take action ourselves.” And he noted that the Divine Lorraine is the “tipping point for North Broad.”
It is an historical monument and a keystone to our redevelopment of North Philadelphia. As I speak, there is renewed interest in the Divine Lorraine with my team—and City Council President Clarke—directly involved in the rebirth of this great Philadelphia building.
---------See this piece from The PhillyHistory Blog on The Divine Lorraine Hotel for history of the building [March 26, 2007]