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Toll Brothers to Demo Society Hill Playhouse, Build Apartments

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Well that was quick. Within a week of the announcement that Society Hill Playhouse would close on April 1, plans to demolish the theater and build apartments are in the works, according to multiple reports. While the demolition was likely, initially we reported that the Toll Brothers had plans to build condominiums on the site. Now, apparently, the condos will become apartments, with no parking, according to Plan Philly.

Jared Brey writes:

As PlanPhilly reported in October, three groups of neighbors were joining in opposition to the Society Hill Playhouse project and another proposal by Toll for a garage across the street. According to [Carl] Engelke, Toll is still figuring out its plans for the garage project, which will require some environmental remediation work. Toll has told neighbors that the parking lot adjacent to Society Hill Playhouse won't be available after March. The new proposal plans for 20 apartment units with no parking. The building will be 38 feet tall, which is the block's height limit. This allows the Toll Brothers to move forward with the by-right project without any zoning variances. Sandy Smith of Property reports, "The buildings will contain a mix of one- and two-bedroom units, all with terraces, and Toll is still considering the possibility of some units having roof decks."

A Toll Brothers representative told us they had no further comments at this time.

· Toll Brothers to demolish Society Hill Playhouse [PlanPhilly]
· Toll Brothers to build apartments on Society Hill Playhouse site [Property]