Tuesday the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation President Tom Corcoran gave the planning commission a detailed presentation, highlighting an assortment of new public parks every half-mile, mixed use residential development, new or improved connections between the river and its neighborhoods.
The plan calls for first focusing on areas where publicly owned land could be redeveloped quickly, such as Pier 53/Washington Ave, Penn's Landing and the Festival Pier. Planners believe that public investment at these sites will spur private development nearby. There is already evidence of this trend at Race Street Pier, as the Philadelphia Live Arts/ Philly Fringe has purchased an old pumping station that it plans to turn into its headquarters and a year round entertainment and dining venue. Interest has already been shown in it neighbor at Pier 9.
The last area Corcoran described, in the northern reaches of the stretch from Oregon to Allegheny avenues, would likely be developed late in the 25-year plan. This area which includes both the Conrail and Anderson sites, would contain open spaces, but would also have a good amount of flexible industrial space, where green industry, light manufacturing, distribution and other compatible uses would take place, similar to what is happening at the Navy Yard.
Discussions and concerns are now focused of job creation and connecting residents and potential employees to areas such as South Port, the Navy Yard and future retail along the corridor. The full draft of the master plan is posted on the DRWC's Master Plan website, and the public comment period is open through August 25.