The Central District Plan was adopted by PCPC on June 11, 2013.
ABOUT THE DISTRICT
As the metropolitan center of the Delaware Valley region, the Central District has over 300 years of history, infrastructure, culture, innovation, and urbanity to tout. Highlighted below are four broad assets – the Central Business District, Culture & Tourism, Transportation, and Neighborhoods – that form the backbone of not only development and growth for the district, but also for the city. Top planning issues include:
As housing demand increases, it is crucial to provide opportunities for mixed-income, multi-generational housing so that choices exist for all age groups and incomes.
Demand for commercial space is critical to neighborhood development and the region's economy growing.
Right-sizing and updating capital facilities will continue service to the public and provide energy and cost savings to the City.
Expanding transit service with the Cultural Corridor Line and providing real-time information will expand the number of users and improve the transit experience.
An expansion of the bike lane network, pedestrian improvements, and parking strategies will help accommodate all modes of transportation.
While the District has a large number of natural and recreational assets, not all neighborhoods have access to these amenities.
Development of planned trails along the Schuylkill and Delaware waterfronts will further enhance the district’s development.
Stormwater management and increased tree cover will create greener, more pedestrian-friendly connections to the various open spaces in the area.
Listing all eligible sources on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places will ensure their long-term protection from inappropriate alterations or demolition
CTR 49 - Construct well-designed connector streets between the neighborhoods and the Delaware River as a part of the I-95 reconstruction.
Spring Garden Street Connector: As one of the city’s primary connector streets and public transit hubs, Spring Garden Street has undergone a transformation from 2nd Street to the Waterfront. This includes new streetscaping, sidewalks, and perhaps most importantly, a beautifully lit underpass.
Spruce and Callowhill Street Improvements: One-way streets have been converted into two-way streets on the waterfront to allow for easier access to Old City and Society Hill. Spruce Street is now two-way between Columbus Boulevard and Dock Street. Callowhill Street is now two-way between Columbus Boulevard and 2nd Street.
CTR 59 - Invest in and rehabilitate City Hall to a level that is commensurate with its National Historic Landmark status
CTR 30 - Rehabilitate City Hall / 15th Street Subway stations
Portal Gates: New, historically accurate portal gates were installed in the fall of 2015.
Dilworth Park: The complete redesign and reconstruction of Dilworth Park was completed in 2015.
Courtyard: In June 2017, the City of Philadelphia announced new features at the City Hall Courtyard. This project was made possible with funding from the Heart of the Community program by Southwest Airlines and Project for Public Spaces. This project was a joint effort between several City partners. The new City Hall Courtyard features include a stage, seating and a specially designed shade umbrella that collects rainwater and sustains green planters.
City Hall / 15th Street Station: Beginning in winter 2016, SEPTA began reconstruction of the City Hall and 15th Street SEPTA Stations where the Broad Street and Market-Frankford El lines cross. Work includes complete station reconstruction and ADA accessibility improvements. Construction is expected to take four years and cost $122 million. Project information can be found here.
District Plans include a wide range of recommendations. Some can be acted upon quickly, while others require additional resources or policy changes, or further planning.
Opening photo courtesy of Philly Free Photo