LOWER FAR northEAST
The District Plans for the Upper and Lower Far Northeast Districts were adopted by PCPC on April 18, 2017.
ABOUT THE DISTRICT
Academy Road and Grant Avenue are major highways serving the relatively modern, family-friendly communities of the Lower Northeast.
Top planning issues include:
Neighborhood walkability, pedestrian safety, traffic calming, complete streets, and the need for small parks linked by green connectors.
Like the Pennypack, Poquessing Creek should have continuous parkland, trails and public access.
There are quality of life issues such as property upkeep, dumping, and litter (affecting both private and publicly-owned land).
Zoning issues focus on the compatibility of new development and the conversion of homes to rental units.
An emerging issue is how to allow homeowners to utilize solar, wind and other alternative energy sources.
There is a need to attract more jobs to the industrial parks, including green economy businesses.
FNE 1 - Cluster municipal AND community serving facilities to improve their efficiency and safety of operations
The Welsh Road Branch Library (WEL) is currently located within a parking area between the Northeast Village and Blue Grass Shopping Centers. In addition to structural deficiencies, the library lacks visibility as it faces the back-loading area of the Northeast Village Shopping Center and is cut off from the Blue Grass Shopping Center by jersey barriers. Conversations involving City and local stakeholders are ongoing to explore potential sites to relocate WEL to a location that is more visible and accessible to visitors arriving by all modes of travel.
FNE 32 – Complete the Poquessing Creek Trail
The Poquessing Creek serves as the northeastern boundary between the City of Philadelphia and Bucks and Montgomery Counties. Unlike other major waterways such as the Schuylkill River, and Wissahickon and Pennypack Creeks, the Poquessing Creek was never preserved as part of the Fairmount Park system, making site assemblage, easements, and erosion control necessary to complete the Poquessing Creek Trail and restore the ecology of the waterway. In 2014, the City of Philadelphia completed a 1.4-mile portion of the trail connecting Benjamin Rush State Park, the only state park within city limits, and Junod Park in the Parkwood neighborhood.
Conversations involving City and local stakeholders are ongoing to complete the trail southeasterly to connect with Glen Foerd on the Delaware and the East Coast Greenway and northwesterly towards Montgomery County.