Transforming Philadelphia’s Waterfront, the final draft of the Master Plan for the Central Delaware was released and was awaiting for the public feedback until August 25th 2011. The prime areas discussed in the master plan are Washington Avenue, Penn’s Landing, Spring Garden- Festival Pier and Penn Treaty Park Avenue. The highlighting elements of the master plan are a Mixed use plan, Bi cycle trail net work and Park every 1/2 mile.
The main objective of the plan is to convert and link the six mile length of the Philadelphia’s waterfront with the spirited neighborhood to its west. The guiding light of this plan are the existing piers and wetlands with all embracing views, the historic and cultural characteristics of the waterfront, the adjacent low rise communities and the linkage between the fabricated piers and the natural systems.The master plan incorporates the areas from the Allegheny Avenue in the north, I-95 to the river and Oregon Avenue to the south.
The areas stretching from Lehigh Avenue to Allegheny Avenue and from Mifflin Street behind Oregon Avenue to Pattison Avenue and beyond will not undergo any changes with in 25 years of interval of time. Trail connections are also proposed in the north and south ends to fuse the sectors to the main study area.
The plan calls for 8 main concepts which includes developing a grid of civic and public spaces connected by waterfront trail, encouraging high density, low to mid-rise residential development, providing multiple land uses, achieving sustainability goals, creating a well-balanced transportation plan which will be pedestrian and at same time link the city and the region, favor economic development, aiming the plan for a 25 year interval of time and featuring the exact staging periods and creating an extremely Philadelphia waterfront.
Philly’s Waterfront Draft : Is it just a fancy one or will it be fulfilled?