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.
But let’s talk about what we do know. Samschick has been rehabbing a duo of warehouse buildings between Brown and Poplar streets on Delaware Avenue. The Waterview Grande project looks about halfway done and is precisely the kind of adaptive reuse that I hope to see more of along the waterfront.
Here are the buildings in 2006: