Welp, it looks like demolition at the future home of the SLS International Hotel & Residences is officially underway at Broad and Cypress Street (Spruce). That’s not at all surprising, considering developer Carl Dranoff along with the rest of his “Dream Team” – sbe’s Sam Nazarian, hit-makers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff and star interior designer Philippe Starck – held a flashy press conference recently to officially welcome Starck and celebrate the history of the site. Dranoff called the project a “new gold standard” for the site, Read more »
Bonjour mes amis. We have news. Philippe Starck was in town today to talk about his role as exclusive interior designer for Carl Dranoff’s SLS Hotel project at Broad and Spruce. It’s not a total surprise as Starck has been the boutique hotel chain’s key collaborator since its founding. Still, the official announcement has a certain frisson about it.
Property editor Jim Jennings spoke to Starck and was able to get the following through the Gallic fog of his accent:
Here on Property we’ve been covering an assorted number of new projects poised to transform Philadelphia’s cityscape. As the new year approaches, that number will only continue to grow, and you can be sure we’ll be following all of them.
However, of those that have been announced for 2015, there have been some which have struck us as being potential game-changers. Below you will find five areas in Philadelphia development that we will keep a special eye on in the coming year.
A zoning bill that would make things easier for Carl Dranoff to build his proposed SLS International Hotel was approved by City Council’s Committee on Rules yesterday. These revisions permit Dranoff to build on more land without having to seek additional zoning approvals.
Sponsored by Councilman Mark Squilla, the bill amends certain chapters in codes “Overlaying Zone, “Development Standards,” and “Parking and Loading.” In response to the suggested revisions, the Washington Square West Civic Association sent Squilla a letter. According to PlanPhilly’s Jared Brey, the group’s board agreed to not fight the bill, “provided certain agreements are made with respect to noise and activity at the hotel and other matters of operation.”
Today’s splashy news is the announcement that Carl Dranoff is adding SLS International to South Broad Street and Philadelphia’s skyline. The 47-story tall hotel and condo tower will include a ground floor corner restaurant and bar space. So let the speculation begin, who will take this prime corner opposite the Kimmel Center?
In April developer Carl Dranoff told Property’s Shannon Rooney, “The best is yet to come on South Broad Street. Later this year, look for a big announcement… We have several equation-changing projects for the city.” He was undoubtedly referring to the news that broke on Hidden City on Nov. 20th: that the company would build an SLS boutique hotel/luxury condo tower — SLS International — at Broad and Spruce.