Toll now planning 29-story tower on Jewelers Row for more condo units

The 700 block of Sansom Street — otherwise known as Jewelers Row — would be home to a 29-story condo tower under a proposal by Toll Bros.

Toll Bros. plans to nearly double the height of its planned Jewelers Row condo tower project that entails the demolition of five buildings on the storied Center City shopping street.

Toll has filed an amendment to its zoning application that would allow construction of a 29-story tower with 109 condo units, Tim Spreitzer, a spokesman for the Horsham-based developer's 's City Living division, said in an e-mail on Monday.

Previous plans called for a 16-story tower with 80 units.

The revised plan's denser development "is permitted within the current zoning for the site, as well as it being in character for other developments within the Washington Square area," Spreitzer said.  The plan for the larger tower was first reported by the Philadelphia Business Journal

The proposed change comes amid controversy over the demolition of existing Jeweler's Row structures where the condo would be built. The Philadelphia Historical Commission postponed a decision last month whether to list three of those structures on the city’s Register of Historic Places.

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