Yesterday the Civic Design Review board assessed Carl Dranoff’s plans for his proposed 20-story One Riverside tower on 25th Street and gave the residential building a final seal of approval. Inga Saffron, writing for the Inquirer, said, “The unanimous decision cleared the way for developer Carl Dranoff to start construction next fall.”
Unfortunately, not everyone is happy about the decision, including some of the members of the Schuylkill River Park Community Garden, which will now be 8 feet away from the mixed-use high-rise. Other disgruntled parties?
The Center City Residents Association has been concerned that the project’s three driveways – one for the garage, two for loading docks – would create a dangerous situation for people approaching the entrance to the Schuylkill Banks trail from 25th Street. Some also complained that the tower would increase the competition for parking spaces in the neighborhood.
Dranoff will try to collaborate with concerned parties, though he’s not required to. Should the zoning code change (again!) in the fall, the issue of the loading docks could be revisited. From Saffron’s piece, it sounds as though Dranoff himself has some doubts about them.
Read the full article here at: http://www.phillymag.com/realestate/new-projects/morning-headlines-dranoffs-one-riverside-tower-gets-the-go-ahead/