Montco’s largest home builder is battling to build a condominium building in Philly, and a contentious exchange with the city’s design review board doesn’t seem to be slowing the process. A ruling from a common pleas court judge seems to be the final hurdle.
Efforts by the city’s design review board to goad Toll Bros. into rethinking its plan for a condo tower on Center City’s Jewelers Row ended acrimoniously Tuesday, with the Horsham-based homebuilder’s representatives walking out of a hearing before the panel’s leader could finish delivering a final critique, writes Julia Terruso and Jacob Adelman for philly.com.
Nancy Rogo Trainer, chairwoman of the Philadelphia Civic Design Review board, was closing the panel’s consideration of the proposal with remarks characterizing the project as being out of scale with its surroundings when she noticed that Toll’s architect, lawyer, and other presenters were filing out of the conference room.
The review board is tasked with offering design commentary on Philadelphia’s biggest construction projects as a final stage of the city’s zoning approval process. It can require developers to present to the group a second time after hearing the panel’s thoughts on a project but can’t make them follow its suggestions.
A Philadelphia Common Pleas Court judge heard arguments in February surrounding the preservation group’s argument that the 128 S. Seventh St. property should have qualified for historic protections, amid other claims, and is expected to announce her ruling soon.
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