Toll Brothers' proposed 69-unit, 68-foot tall condo development at 401 Front St. - the former NewMarket site - got the support of the Society Hill Civic Association's board Monday night.
The board voted in a closed session at Old Pine Church after more than an hour of presentation by Toll and questions by residents. SHCA President Steven Weixler told PlanPhilly of the vote to support afterward. The vote means SHCA supports Toll's request for several zoning variances related to height and number of stories. Weixler said the board approval is contingent on SHCA and Toll reaching at least a tentative Letter of Agreement before a Zoning Board of Adjustment hearing.
The 14 SHCA board members who attended all voted in favor of the proposal, said SHCA zoning and historic preservation committee chairwoman Lorna Katz Lawson on Thursday. Ten board members were absent from the meeting.
Toll Brothers has a Sept. 5 hearing before the Zoning Board of Adjustment. Toll also has the support of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission, which voted in favor of the variance requests last week, and the historical commission, which gave conceptual support to the project in July.
The builder hopes to begin construction next spring, and finish by fall 2014.
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