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Jewelers Row buildings inch forward to historic designation

The decision will be made in November

Three buildings on Jewelers Row nominated for historic designation have cleared the first hurdle of the process, although their ultimate fate won’t be decided until November.

The nominations for the properties at 704 and 706-708 Sansom Street were accepted by the Philadelphia Historical Commission panel on Friday, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. The Preservation of Alliance of Greater Philadelphia nominated the three buildings soon after Toll Brothers’ plans to demolish them were revealed in August.

The Philadelphia Historical Commission will decide on November 10 whether or not to accept the properties into the city’s register of historic places. But because the demolition permits were already approved, it’s likely that the historic designations won’t prevent the buildings from being razed.