A recent site visit by Philadelphia YIMBY has noted that construction work has still not started at a 315-foot-tall, 24-story tower proposed at 702 Sansom Street in Market East, Center City. Designed by SLCE Architects and developed by Toll Brothers, the development will hold 85 residential units.
The project has a lengthy, and controversial due to its location on historic Jewelers Row, development history. The latest permit, covering a lot merger, was issued in 2018. At this point, no progress has been made aside from demolition of the original low-rise structures that stood at the site and excavation of the pit. To this day, the pit sits empty, as may be seen in our photos.
Given the sensitive location of the site and the buildings that were torn down to make way for the project, as well as the decidedly contemporary design set within a historic setting, the controversy is not uncalled for. However, at this point, development would be much preferred over the persistence of the eyesore vacant lot, and tall height and large development density is certainly warranted at this centrally-located, transit-accessible location.