In Pennsport, Another Test For Riverfront Zoning Overlay


“Rendering of Liberty on the River proposal as seen from northernmost pier.” | Barton Partners

“Rendering of Liberty on the River proposal as seen from northernmost pier.” | Rendering: Barton Partners

  • Maryland-based developer K4 is pushing Councilman Mark Squilla to “tweak” the 2013 zoning overlay of the central Delaware waterfront to allow for additional height bonuses for its proposed residential high-rises between Washington Avenue and Reed Street in Pennsport, reports The Inquirer’s Jacob Adelman. Yet Harris Steinberg, who as executive director of PennPraxis spearheaded the effort to impose an overlay that would enliven the riverfront’s industrial parcels while better connecting them to Center City, remains unimpressed, stressing that the current plan for this “Liberty on the River” development has too much parking and too little open air.
  • Naked Philly is excited to report that Blackstone Development has finally begun construction on Liberty Square, a three-building, 300,000-square-foot Piazza-like project bringing more than 200 apartment units to the South Kensington market.
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  1. CDAG lives in a world of its own creation – their desire to reduce car traffic contradicts with the requirements of people who need a car to drive to work, buy groceries, visit family and friends. That is why there is zero development on the riverfront to accomodate apartments, condos and housing. They tried to revoke a permit obtained by AAA to construct a service building only to fail miserably as the permit was legally obtained by AAA. Hopefully this project will proceed as some aspects are by right with height bonuses to be determined later.

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