On December 14, approximately 40 people gathered at White Whale Bookstore to learn about a new hotel being proposed for 4520 Penn Avenue, currently the site of a doctor’s office and parking lots. The proposed hotel is 4-stories with approximately 115 rooms, 60 parking spaces, and a small retail storefront. Access to the parking garage would be off of Comrie Way below the hotel.
The development team provided the community with a short presentation, which was followed by over an hour of questions from attendees. The community was concerned about disruption of traffic and deterioration of safety on Penn, Friendship, and Comrie. Impact on neighboring Milgate Street was a concern in terms of parking during construction and when the hotel opened. Also people were concerned about shielding and massing of the building on Comrie Way. Bloomfield Development Corporation has reached out to the developer to get further details from their traffic study, ensure that the traffic changes would not reduce safety for pedestrians and reduce the impact of parking on the surrounding residential streets.