Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, William Penn Foundation President Feather Houstoun, and Delaware River Waterfront Corporation President Tom Corcoran will tomorrow announce a new round of projects for the Delaware River waterfront.
After a years-long period of relative stagnation, there's been activity on the Delaware River of late, including the creation of a master plan to guide development on the Central Delaware for coming decades, which is expected to be finished in February. Some "early action" projects have already been completed or are well under way. The Washington Avenue Green is open at the foot of Pier 53 in South Philadelphia. Construction of a more-urban park at the Race Street Pier has begun. And a new multi-purpose trail has popped up along some sections of the Central Delaware, including a swath behind SugarHouse Casino and another that runs past Washington Avenue Green southward to the back of the Walmart complex.
The progress of the master plan will be discussed at a symposium next week.
Tomorrow's announcement will be made at 2 p.m. in the Mayor's Reception Room at City Hall, which is room 202.
Kellie Patrick Gates writes about planning, neighborhood development and the Central Delaware Waterfront. A journalist for more than two decades, she worked for daily newspapers in Central Pennsylvania, Upstate New York and South Florida before coming to Philadelphia in 2003 to write for the Inquirer. Her work has appeared on PlanPhilly since 2007, and she also writes Love, the Inquirer's weekly wedding column. A native of Elk County, Pa., Kellie lives with her husband, Gary, and their dog and two cats.