The Jewelers Row saga continues: Toll Brothers, the developer that wants to build a residential tower here, just received a new permit to demolish existing buildings and consolidate all of the lots into one, the Inquirer first reported.
It’s the latest development for the project that has taken one step forward and one step back for more than a year, pitting the developer and some Jewelers Row business owners against historic preservationists and residents of the Washington Square West neighborhood.
The last news heard about the proposed tower was that Toll Brothers had shrunk it in size from 29 stories to 23. That move came after Licenses & Inspections (L&I) announced it had closed the developer’s application for a zoning permit due to lack of response from Toll Brothers.
The new permit, issued on December 14, allows Toll to demolish six structures at 702-710 Sansom Street and 128 S. 7th Street and combine all lots into one. The building at 712-714 Street will not be razed.
In addition, the permit allows for 85 residential units in the tower and roof decks at the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 15th, 22nd, and 24th floors.
As always, here’s an updated timeline of the project’s development.