Video: Architect Gene Kohn talks about design for Dranoff hotel on South Broad

On Tuesday, the City Planning Commission approved a bill that changes the zoning for a property at Broad and Spruce streets to make way for developer Carl Dranoff’s proposed SLS International hotel, which would be the tallest building on South Broad Street. The bill was recommended for passage by a City Council committee last Wednesday, and could come up for a full Council vote as early as next week.

The 149-room hotel tower, which will also house a bar and restaurant and 123 condominium units, was designed by the firm of Kohn Pedersen Fox, and architect Gene Kohn was on hand at Tuesday’s Commission meeting to explain the design.

Mr. Kohn waxes architectural in the video below.

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Jared Brey writes about development, zoning policy, and city government for He wasn't interested in being a reporter until halfway through a master's program in journalism at Temple University that he intended to parlay into an academic career. His work has appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News, City Paper, Business Journal, and Metropolis. 

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