Philadelphia Developer Proposes New Tower On Site Where Toll Brothers Razed Part of Jewelers Row


A rendering of Arbour House.
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A rendering of Pearl Properties proposal for the Arbour House.

Philadelphia developer Pearl Properties recently unveiled its plan to construct a soaring housing tower in Jewelers Row on the vacant property created by Toll Brothers for a now abandoned project, writes Jake Blumgart for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

The renderings for the planned building were showcased at a neighborhood meeting of the Washington Square West Civic Association and Society Hill Civic Association on Tuesday, October 25.

“Toll Bros. came in from outside of the city and went through a contentious process that we followed from afar,” said Jim Pearlstein, president of Pearl Properties during the unveiling. “They had put their pencils down and really had no intention of developing the site. We’re very excited about this and what we’re showing you tonight.”

The project is named the Arbour House. The building would comprise one and two-bedroom housing units — between 95 and 99 in total — from the fifth to 34th floors. There would also be 50 valet parking spaces located on the second through fourth floors and a retail space of 1,495 square feet would be included.

This is the latest proposal after seven years of controversy that first began in 2016 when Toll Brother’s City Living division announced plans for a high-end condo tower on Jewelers Row.

Read more about the development proposal in The Philadelphia Inquirer.


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