• Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.
      Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.

Will Penn Treaty Village reuse more waterfront industrial buildings?

    • Waterview Grande, part of Michael Samschick's Penn Treaty Village, under construction.
      Waterview Grande, part of Michael Samschick's Penn Treaty Village, under construction.

What is Michael Samschick planning for his Penn Treaty Village development? Is O Havana real? Like River Ward neighbors, our curiosity is piqued.

PlanPhilly’s Kellie Patrick Gates has been following the intrigue. She has endeavored to find out if the mysterious O Havana hotel development is for real, how that proposal is or isn’t tied to developer Michael Samschick, and what Samschick is planning for his significant holdings along Delaware Avenue at the Northern Liberties/Fishtown edge.

This week, Samschick presented his plans at a closed-door meeting with members of Fishtown Neighbors Association and Northern Liberties Neighbors Association. Samschick only shared his still-developing plans on the condition of a media blackout. He told Kellie in a brief phone interview that he is not yet ready to make his plans public and declined to discuss them further.

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About the author

Ashley Hahn, Editor, Eyes on the Street

Ashley writes and edits Eyes on the Street. She has a special interest in preservation, neighborhoods, and all things public – from policy to art. Ashley holds masters degrees in City and Regional Planning and Historic Preservation from PennDesign.

Ashley has lived in 12 zip codes that she can think of, including neighborhoods in Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, New York and Philadelphia. She is proud to call 19147 home. 

Find Ashley on twitter @ashleyjhahn.


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