Hilco Global Acquires 1,300-Acre Industrial Site in Philadelphia for $225.5M
PHILADELPHIA — Hilco Global, an Illinois-based developer, has acquired a 1,300-acre industrial development site in Philadelphia. The sales price was $225.5 million. Located at 1735 Market St., the site formerly housed the Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES) oil refinery for more than 150 years. Hilco plans to redevelop the site as an “environmentally responsible” commercial hub, the exact details of which were undisclosed. According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, PES was the East Coast’s largest refinery until a corroded fuel line ignited in June 2019, leading to the bankruptcy and permanent closing of the refinery. At the height of its activity, the refinery formerly employed as many as 1,000 workers. Hilco plans to demolish and rebuild the site over a period of several years, creating 8,000 union construction jobs and 10,000 permanent jobs, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.