Hotel demolition, temporary walkway first steps in major West Philly construction project

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The University of Pennsylvania’s plan to get rid of a former hotel has won a “thumbs up” from a Philadelphia City Council Committee. 

After demolition of the former Penn Tower Hotel and adjacent garage, the plan calls for construction of an advanced medicine building.

David Glancy, Penn’s director of special projects, appeared Tuesday before Philadelphia City Council with plans for a temporary pedestrian bridge across Convention Avenue while the demolition and building goes forward.

“Assuming there’s a demolition, there needs to be a walkway from the original hospital building to the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine,” he said.

The plan marks the beginning of a major construction project in that part of West Philadelphia.

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