Toll Bros. Plans to Work with Jewelers' Row Merchants on Tower

Toll Brothers Inc. said it plans to work with the Jewelers' Row community on a controversial 16-story condominium tower the developer is proposing in the heart of the historic diamond district in Philadelphia.

The project involves razing six properties in the 700 block of Sansom Street to make way for the building that would have 80 units. The development was first reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Toll’s City Living division has received zoning approval from Philadelphia’s Department of Licenses & Inspections for the project.

“Despite the by-right zoning status of this project, Toll Brothers City Living plans to engage the local community throughout this process,” said Michael J. Duff, a Toll spokesman, in a statement. “We are committed to delivering a residential building that is respectful of the history of Jewelers’ Row while rejuvenating it for the future. Although we are still considering our prospective development plans for this project, we intend, through contextual architectural design, for the existing cornice line of Sansom Street to remain intact while retaining retail space along the street level for jewelry stores to preserve the iconic Jewelers Row streetscape.”

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