The Lower South District Plan was adopted by PCPC on March 20, 2012.
ABOUT THE DISTRICT
Lower South is a corner of Philadelphia that attracts thousands of visitors and employees to the sports complex and Navy Yard from across the region. But to most it remains an unexplored place with unknown potential. Lower South is largely non-residential and includes the sports complex, the Navy Yard, large industrial areas, including port, food distribution, and shipbuilding facilities, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) Park.
Top planning issues include:
Lower South is very different than other planning districts because it is primarily nonresidential in character and broken into large, distinct areas with limited access and use.
There are nearly three times the number of people employed here than residents.
LS 52 - Penrose Ave, 20th St, and Moyamensing Ave
In 2015, the PCPC received a TCDI grant from the DVRPC to develop alternatives to better organize movement around and in the intersection by pedestrians, vehicles and cyclists, and to produce plans to enable the City to fund and build the agreed-upon design. The project produced a conceptual design for the intersection and with that design, the City received $1.5 M in ARLE grant funding in February 2018 to realign and upgrade the intersection.
LS 14 - Support the full build-out of XFINITY Live!
In spring 2012, XFINITY Live! opened Phase I of its dining and entertainment district, located within the Wells Fargo Stadium Complex. The original building encompassed 60,000 square feet, along with a 40,000 square feet outdoor event space, and includes the “world’s largest multi-story sports bar”. XFINITY Live! began its $6 million Phase II expansion and renovation in early 2015. Phase II included adding considerably more outdoor seating, as well as expanding an existing beer garden, and more space for dining. The expansion and renovations were completed by the end of 2015.
Additionally in 2015, XFINITY and Cordish Company presented their plans for a casino, hotel and entertainment center. PCPC first reviewed the proposed project in August 2015, and then later approved the development’s master plan in October 2015.
LS 73 - Broad Street Line (BSL) Extension
In 2015, PennDOT was awarded a federal grant of $900,000 to fund a feasibility study for the extension of SEPTA’s Broad Street Subway Line (BSL). The new study is meant to replace a 2008 feasibility study. SEPTA is currently the project manager for the new feasibility study. The study is looking at three proposed alignments for the BSL extension, along with their associated costs, effectiveness and ridership numbers. The study is expected to be completed in 2018.
LS 81 - 25th Street Viaduct
The 25th Street Viaduct was built in the 1920s and was designed to remove street-level railroad tracks from South Philadelphia. The viaduct, which spans 1.2 miles, has been in continuous service since its completion. The impact of weather and the elements over its 90+ year lifespan has greatly affected the viaduct’s surface. In 2015, CSX, the viaduct owners, announced in conjunction with Councilman Kenyatta Johnson’s office, that they would be undertaking a significant improvement project to restore the structure to its original appearance. The restoration is expected to run through 2020.
LS 20 - Update the Navy Yard Master Plan
Increase public use of open spaces at the Navy Yard. The Navy Yard has transitioned from a U.S. naval base and shipbuilding facility to an office and light industrial employment center with 6.5 million square feet of space in a campus-like setting. Implementation of the master plan has resulted in 12 LEED-certified buildings completed or under construction and over 20 acres of public open space.
LS 93 - Schuylkill River Swing Bridge
The Schuylkill River swing bridge was awarded a $3.265 million federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant in 2015. The formerly abandoned bridge will serve pedestrians and cyclists and will connect the Grays Ferry Crescent Trail with Bartram’s Mile. It is also expected to connect to the Schuylkill River Trail in the future. Construction on the swing bridge is expected to begin in 2018.
Image: Schuylkill River Development Corporation
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.