Morning Headlines: Carl Dranoff Gets Zoning Approval for Proposed Hotel on Broad

SLS international rendering

Part of a Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates rendering of Dranoff’s new project. Full rendering below.

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.”

Dranoff’s 47-story South Broad Street project would be a mixed-use building with luxury hotel rooms (149), residential condominiums (123), bar, restaurant, and ground-level retail spaces.

Committee approves zoning changes for new Dranoff hotel on Broad [PlanPhilly]

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