• Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.
      Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.

Podium work nearly complete, framing starts in June for Toll project on long-vacant Society Hill site

Behind the fencing and banners across the street from Head House Square, Toll Brothers is finishing up the concrete podium on which the 55-unit 410 at Society Hill condos will sit.

"We'll be done (with that) probably the first week in June. Then we will bring in the masons and start blocking up the stair towers in masonry block, and then the wood framing,” said Project Manager Shawn Frawley.

Toll Brothers has so far sold 20 units, and despite a roughly two-week schedule setback due to this winter's mondo snow fall, they plan to be finished with construction in late summer 2015. “We'll be moving people into the building at that point,” Frawley said.

The spot had been the proposed location for several never-built developments over the past several decades – including the controversial Stamper Square hotel/condo development, which died when funding fizzled, and another project by Philly native Will Smith. Years ago, it was the site of the failed NewMarket development.

Learn more about the evolution of this project in PlanPhilly's past coverage. Note that earlier articles have a higher number of condominums. Some units were later merged into larger units at buyer request.

    • Toll Brothers rendering of 410 Society Hill
      Toll Brothers rendering of 410 Society Hill
    • Construction banner at site
      Construction banner at site
    • Top of the 410 Society Hill podium with crane in distance
      Top of the 410 Society Hill podium with crane in distance
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Kellie Patrick Gates, Waterfront, casinos, planning reporter

Kellie Patrick Gates writes about planning, neighborhood development and the Central Delaware Waterfront. A journalist for more than two decades, she  worked for daily newspapers in Central Pennsylvania, Upstate New York and South Florida before coming to Philadelphia in 2003 to write for the Inquirer. Her work has appeared on PlanPhilly since 2007, and she also writes Love, the Inquirer's weekly wedding column. A native of Elk County, Pa., Kellie lives with her husband, Gary, and their dog and two cats.

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