The Lower Northeast District Plan was adopted by PCPC on October 16, 2012.
ABOUT THE DISTRICT
The Lower Northeast is the third fastest growing district in the city. Its stable and affordable housing stock has made the district attractive to young families and immigrant populations. Housing options range from detached houses to apartments above stores on walkable commercial corridors. History abounds throughout the district with development dating to the 17th century.
Top planning issues include:
Increasing the variety of affordable housing options
Consolidating commercial uses into compact, walkable corridors
Increasing employment options
Improving the safety and efficiency of the Boulevard, while adding increased transit options, will ensure that residents have safe and reliable access to employment centers and cultural attractions within the district, city, and region
Increased pedestrian amenities, street trees, and green stormwater infrastructure will make streets safer for drivers and more inviting for pedestrians and cyclists
Expanding parkland along the Tacony-Frankford Creek will improve the quality of life for residents in Frankford and the entire Lower Northeast
Preserving historic resources will stimulate pride in the district by celebrating the heritage of the Lower Northeast
LNE 16 & 17 - Frankford Pause and the Daral Building
Earlier this year the Frankford Community Development Corporation (CDC) moved into their new offices in the Daral Building, 4667-69 Paul Street. The building is located right off Frankford Avenue and not only does it activate a previously vacant structure, it will allow the CDC the space to provide additional programming and resources to the residents of Frankford. The building is adjacent to the future site of the Frankford Pause, a pop up park, which is scheduled to open this summer. The Pause will include green space as well as a location for regular programming and events.
LNE 29 - Frankford Creek Greenway
The Frankford Creek traverses the Lower Northeast District. In 2014 an initial feasibility study was released that discussed the opportunity to create a linear park, the Frankford Greenway, to connect the Tacony Creek Trail to the Delaware River Trail. Not only can this greenway provide additional recreational space, it can also address existing stormwater challenges and aid with creek restoration. An advanced feasibility study is expected to kick off later this summer for the section that falls within the Lower Northeast District.
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.