November 09, 2016
In a historic event, the two lights that sit atop the Divine Lorraine Hotel glowed over North Philadelphia once again Wednesday night despite the rain.
EB Realty Management, the hotel turned apartment building's Realtor, held a block party-style celebration to kick off the event, postponed numerous times since it was initially scheduled in September.
The Divine Lorraine was once a grandiose, 19th-century hotel that's being renovated by developer Eric Blumenfeld and Billy Procida, CEO of Procida Funding & Advisors, into a mixed-use facility that will have 100 residential units, retail space and a restaurant on its ground floor. Redevelopment of the project began in September 2015.
Wednesday night's event began at 4 p.m. until about 9 p.m. Proceeds benefitted Big Brothers Big Sisters SEPA, according to Marie Assante, a spokesperson for the event.