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National Real Estate Development Recognized with 2020 Hilton Legacy Award

June 21, 2021

Philadelphia, PA (June, 2021)National Real Estate Development, LLC (National Development) today announced it has been recognized with a 2020 Hilton Legacy Award for Lifestyle Brands Developer of the Year for the development of Canopy by Hilton Center City Philadelphia at East Market. The annual awards program celebrates owners and development partners in the Americas for contributions toward brand excellence and development efforts. Hilton recognized nearly 40 high performing owners and developers in 14 different categories across the nation.

Opened in August 2020, National Development renovated and redeveloped an iconic 13-story, high-rise building into a 236-key franchised hotel under the Canopy by Hilton flag. Developed as an adaptive reuse of Philadelphia’s historic Stephen Girard Building, BLT Architects, an integrated architecture firm, worked in collaboration with interior designer AvroKo to pay homage to the Philadelphia’s historic roots while creating an authentic modern experience. The hotel is an integral part of the most recent phase of East Market, a one-million-square-foot, mixed-use development project helping to redefine and enhance the entire district east of City Hall in Center City Philadelphia to create a destination for consumers to work, live and visit.

“We are honored to be recognized by Hilton for this prestigious development award. Despite opening amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the hotel has become a cornerstone of the neighborhood and is a shining light in the local hospitality market,” said Daniel Killinger, President of National Development. “Our success would not be possible without the hardworking property team dedicated to bring our vision of excellence to life.”

The Legacy Awards recognize the passion, creativity and innovative spirit of Hilton’s partners who are committed to quality projects that meet or exceed brand standards and have a positive impact on communities around the world. The leadership of Hilton’s development and brand teams select the winners based on strict criteria including, but not limited to, hotel quality and commitment to guest experience. To see the full list of Hilton’s 2020 Legacy Award winners click here.

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About National Real Estate Development, LLC

National Real Estate Development, LLC (National Development), is a real estate development firm focused on developing complex, urban mixed-use projects throughout the country. Since 2013, the team has developed over four million square feet in major markets such as Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. National Development bases its rigorous development processes on the principles of integrity, community, collaboration, and sustainability, and aims to transform the neighborhoods which it develops. Regardless of location, National Development strives to consistently create value through complex project structures, delivering tailored projects that are specifically designed to meet the needs of a given market. In particular, National Development focuses on setting new standards for live-work-play environments developed in urban communities. Notable projects include East Market in Philadelphia, The BLOC in Los Angeles, and 100 Van Ness in San Francisco. National Development is the wholly owned, full-service development subsidiary of National Real Estate Advisors, LLC. To learn more, visit


About Hilton

Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of 18 world-class brands comprising more than 6,500 properties and more than one million rooms, in 119 countries and territories. Dedicated to fulfilling its founding vision to fill the earth with the light and warmth of hospitality, Hilton has welcomed more than 3 billion guests in its more than 100-year history, earned a top spot on the 2020 World’s Best Workplaces list, and was named the 2020 Global Industry Leader on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices. In 2020, Hilton CleanStay was introduced, bringing an industry-defining standard of cleanliness and disinfection to hotels worldwide. Through the award-winning guest loyalty program Hilton Honors, the more than 115 million members who book directly with Hilton can earn Points for hotel stays and experiences money can’t buy. With the free Hilton Honors mobile app, guests can book their stay, select their room, check in, unlock their door with a Digital Key and check out, all from their smartphone. Visit for more information, and connect with Hilton on FacebookTwitterLinkedInInstagram and YouTube.