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Toll Brothers Gets New Permit To Move Forward With Jewelers Row Tower

Jewelers Row in Philadelphia

Despite the historical preservation fight from the neighborhood, Toll Brothers is one step closer to building an apartment tower on Jewelers Row.

The Department of Licensing & Inspections has granted permission for Toll Brothers to unify six lots — 702, 704, 706-08, 710 and 712-14 Sansom St., plus 128 South Seventh St. — into one, and demolish all existing buildings except for 712-14 Sansom, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

The permit on L&I's website indicates Toll Brothers' newest plan is for a 24-story, 85-unit high-rise with one retail storefront on the ground floor facing Sansom Street. It is a middle ground between the original 16-floor proposal and the 29-floor revision that Mayor Jim Kenney spoke against, and which prompted further review from L&I.

Though the project still must go through the non-binding Civic Design Review process, its current iteration would include roof decks on the second, third, fourth, 15th, 22nd and 24th floors of the building.