The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC) recently held a community planning meeting to present an initial concept for reimagining the eastern end of Washington Avenue in Philadelphia. Those in attendance overwhelmingly supported the plan, reported Jim Saksa of PlanPhilly, which he says is “… arguably DRWC’s most ambitious connector project to date.”
Washington Avenue is the latest phase in a plan to create a series of streets connecting people to the Delaware River, and it’s the largest one yet. The project will encompass five blocks along Washington Avenue between Fourth Street and Delaware Avenue.
The Lighting Practice is part of the design team led by Langan and working closely with DRWC on the Washington Avenue project. The team is excited about the progress and is looking forward to bringing this exciting concept to reality.
Proposed Washington Avenue overhaul wins resident support
PlanPhilly | November 2018
Maybe it was the fond memories of New Year’s Day parades past evoked by the brigade banners hung along the Mummer Museum’s walls.
But after planners from the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation presented an initial concept for remaking the eastern end of Washington Avenue that could remove as many as 60 on-street parking spaces, not a single heckling voice emerged from the dozens who gathered for a Monday night meeting.
It was the first time in this reporter’s four years of covering planning meetings that a proposal calling for reduced parking wasn’t met by at least some grousing.
“I think it’s a good step forward,” said Debi Richter, a Pennsport resident. “We need some beautification of Washington Avenue. It’s a great neighborhood — it [just] needs some makeup.”
In conjunction with its efforts to redevelop the Delaware River waterfront, the DRWC has sought to redesign a series of “connector streets” to the river — and Washington Avenue is the latest effort. The Pennsport initiative follows similar projects that improved pedestrian access and lighting under I-95 along Race and Spring Garden streets.