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City planners Tuesday will review details of a proposed $14 million boutique hotel Downtown and an 89-unit, $10.5 million apartment building in East Liberty.

Greenway Realty Holdings of New Jersey would build the hotel in an 11-story building at 424 Third Ave. that housed the Salvation Army. Greenway bought the building in March for $2.16 million. Its Distrikt Hotel would be the second of its kind; the first is in New York City.

Crews would renovate the interior and exterior of the 1920s building, removing all but historical features and upgrading the mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems. An addition is proposed, as is off-site parking for 68 vehicles.

Greenway wants to start construction in January and has a target opening date of April 2016.

In East Liberty, Walnut Capital Partners want to continue its apartment construction by building the Penn Highland Building, a six-story structure at the corner of Highland and Penn avenues.

Its nearby 117-unit Walnut on Highland apartments in the former Highland Building is fully leased, with a waiting list.

The structure would have five floors of apartments above first-floor retailers.

The proposal includes turning Antler Way, an alley that separates the two buildings, into a courtyard enclosed by a fence.

Sam Spatter is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7843 or sspatter@tribweb.com.

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