River Wards Draft Plan Released

 

 The District Plan for the River Wards seeks to actualize several space, such as the Lehigh Viaduct.

The District Plan for the River Wards seeks to actualize several space, such as the Lehigh Viaduct | Rendering: Philadelphia City Planning Commission

  • The Philadelphia City Planning Commission is accepting public feedback on the newly released draft plan for the River Wards District in its Philadelphia2035 comprehensive plan. PlanPhilly reviews its policy recommendations, including the investment in three commercial areas (the Aramingo Shopping District, Port Richmond Village, and the Lehigh Avenue Corridor), preserving industrial land, of which half the planning district’s land is zoned, and the improvement of pedestrian safety.
  • Leonard S. Poncia, president and managing partner of Aquinas Realty Partners, knew that his firm’s proposed commercial development at Ridge Avenue and Cathedral Road would be a hard sell, and his presentation last week to the Upper Roxborough Civic Association proved it. Not a single person in attendance expressed support for the project. According to the Roxborough Review, objections centered around the desire to retain the lot’s green space, and of course, traffic. Ridge & Cathedral is already one of the busiest intersections in the area.
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