Crews have started work at the 19th-and-Ludlow-Street development site where the city's first tiny-roomed "micro-hotel" is to rise.

Construction of the 252-room, 11-story Pod Philly hotel began Tuesday with a ceremonial groundbreaking joined by leaders of the project's developers — Modus Hotels of Washington, D.C., and Parkway Corp. of Philadelphia — and city Commerce Director Harold T. Epps.

Pod Philly will be the sixth Pod-branded hotel, following locations in Washington's Chinatown and in New York City. It is slated to open in September 2019.