Major Waterfront Acquisition Announced

The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC) and the region’s largest land conservation organization, Natural Lands Trust, have been awarded a $1.25 million grant by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR). The deal will assist in the acquisition of 16 developed acres in Pennsport, between Reed Street & Snyder Avenue.

The parcel allows for a preliminary, yet integral step towards the eventual realization of last year’s Master Plan for the Central Delaware, a public space that Mayor Nutter promises will represent “the best waterfront in the country; a green, sustainable gem along the river where people live, work and play.”

Work can now commence on the southern portion of the multi-use trail that will eventually run the course of the Central Delaware, as well as a natural wetlands park. For a review of the trail up to this parcel we published Monday, see Nathaniel Popkin’s “Late Afternoon in the Impossible City,” HERE.

The grant announced today is the result of months of negotiations between the local organizations and the state agency, yet only accounts for half of the land’s estimated value of $2.5 million. The property owner, Delaware Associates, L.P., will match the DCNR by charitable donation.

Deputy mayor for planning and economic development Alan Greenberger remarked on the multi-pronged approach in procuring the funds.

“This is the first of many creative partnerships and multi-partner negotiations using the innovative financing techniques necessary to acquire public spaces along the river, integral to implementation of the Master Plan for the Central Delaware,” Greenberger said.

In conjunction with this investment, DCNR has additionally granted DWRC $250,000 dedicated to improvements on Pier 53.

 

About the author

Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.

Send a message!



Leave a Reply

Comment moderation is enabled, no need to resubmit any comments posted.

 

Recent Posts
<em>A Million Faces</em> Celebrates The Photography Of John Mosley

A Million Faces Celebrates The Photography Of John Mosley

September 30, 2016  |  Vantage

Philadelphia photojournalist John Mosley captured positive, empowering images of African American culture in the years between segregation and the Civil Rights Movement. A retrospective honoring his work is now on view at the Woodmere Museum in Chestnut Hill. Michael Bixler has the review. > more

Preservation Alliance Calls Out Toll Bros’. Obscurantism; Toll Bros. Call Out Alliance’s Obstructionism

Preservation Alliance Calls Out Toll Bros’. Obscurantism; Toll Bros. Call Out Alliance’s Obstructionism

September 29, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Lawyers spar over Jewelers’ Row case, PMA Asian Collection returning Sunday, and Penn Treaty Park getting some TLC > more

Germantown Neighbors Wary But Hopeful Over Plans For Abandoned St. Francis Of Assisi

Germantown Neighbors Wary But Hopeful Over Plans For Abandoned St. Francis Of Assisi

September 29, 2016  |  News

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Germantown has suffered theft, fire and blight since it closed in the summer of 2012, transforming a 113-year-old neighborhood anchor into a pressure point of crime and neglect. But redemption may be close at hand. John Henry Scott has the story. > more

PennDOT Announces Plan To Unclog Schuylkill Expressway

PennDOT Announces Plan To Unclog Schuylkill Expressway

September 28, 2016  |  Morning Blend

Alleviating the daily traffic troubles of I-76, an ode to the SEPTA token, Northeast district plans commence, and Five-Below commits to Center City > more

Developers Continue To Distrust Central Delaware Master Plan

Developers Continue To Distrust Central Delaware Master Plan

September 27, 2016  |  Morning Blend

The imperative of collaboration in reaching a critical mass on the Delaware, proposed regional rail power plant draws residents’ ire, L&I releases more data sets, and Walnut Lane Bridge reopens > more

The Crisis On Jewelers Row: Mayor Kenney We Need You

The Crisis On Jewelers Row: Mayor Kenney We Need You

September 27, 2016  |  Soapbox

The tools are in hand to stop Toll Brothers' tower (and get it built somewhere else), architectural historian and preservation professor Aaron Wunsch argues. Can Jim Kenney deliver? > more