The North Delaware District Plan was adopted by PCPC on March 15, 2016.
ABOUT THE DISTRICT
The North Delaware district is comprised of dense rowhouse neighborhoods south of Cottman Ave., and a more varied housing stock to the north. Frankford Ave. and Torresdale Ave. are important shopping areas, well served by buses and trolleys. I-95 and the main Philly-to-New York rail corridor traverse the district in a wide transportation corridor. Another major feature is the mouth of the Pennypack Creek where a large riverfront park sits adjacent to the City’s complex of prisons and a water treatment plant. The district includes four miles of Delaware riverfront where underutilized industrial land should be redeveloped for a mix of activities such as clean and green industry, new housing, parks and marinas. The planned North Delaware Greenway riverfront trail should be implemented with “green connector streets” linking to the neighborhoods. The four commuter rail stations between Bridesburg and Torresdale are planned for station upgrades and transit-oriented development. Historic preservation is an issue because the district has many historic properties in residential and industrial areas. Other issues include neighborhood commercial revitalization and mitigating I-95 reconstruction activities.
NDEL 3 - Strong Community Partnerships
The Planning Commission is an active member of the Glen Foerd Working Group. The group meets regularly to prioritize future programming and capital investments. The opportunity to convert the existing carriage house into a play space for children and provide additional programming that takes advantage of the Delaware River access are currently being explored. The Planning Commission also works with Glen Foerd to assist them in implementing their master plan.
NDEL 27 - North Delaware Greenway
Providing a continuous recreational trail along the Delaware River Waterfront has been a longstanding planning goal. In May of 2017, the ribbon was cut on the first phase of the Kensington and Tacony Trail. This section of trail connects the Frankford Boat Launch to Lardner’s Point Park along a former railbed. When completed, the North Delaware Greenway will be approximately 11 miles in length, stretching from the Poquessing Creek at the Philadelphia border to Allegheny Avenue.
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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.