The River Wards District Plan was adopted by PCPC on August 18, 2015.
ABOUT THE DISTRICT
The River Wards are dense rowhouse neighborhoods located to the east of the Market-Frankford El. Since large factories left the district, many residents have struggled to find new employment. New big-box retail stores along formerly industrial Aramingo Ave. provide entry-level jobs and convenience shopping. However, the shopping on Aramingo Ave. adds to traffic congestion and competes with traditional commercial districts like Kensington Avenue, Girard Avenue and Allegheny Avenue. Many households do not own a car, reducing access to regional jobs. Drug use is a major issue, especially around the Allegheny and Somerset El stops. The quality and location of new development is a concern. The transition of former industrial land to other uses raises questions of compatibility with existing uses, and the desire for better public access to the Delaware River waterfront has been reflected in many recent plans. The district includes a busy port and large public utility properties northeast of the Allegheny Ave. exit of I-95.
RW 29: Creating waterfront parks
As of November 2017, the final design phase has begun for waterfront park at Orthodox Street and Delaware Avenue in Bridesburg. The design work will take approximately a year and a half to complete. Funding comes from public and private sources. Construction is estimated to cost between $5 million and $7 million.
Image by Locus Partners Courtesy of DRCC
RW 12: Preserving industrial zoning
In 2017, the City Planning Commission and City Council completed rezoning for Harrowgate. Industrial zoning was preserved in the Port Richmond Industrial Development and Enterprises’ service boundary.
RW 28: Completing trails
The City is continuing to acquire right-of-way to complete the Delaware Avenue extension and the Frankford Creek Greenway. The Department of Parks and Recreation recently acquired a former supermarket at 1610 E Bristol Street to use as a maintenance facility for the Frankford Creek Greenway.
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.