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The District Plans for the Upper and Lower Far Northeast Districts were adopted by PCPC on April 18, 2017.
ABOUT THE DISTRICT
Upper Northeast Philadelphia is a suburban-like area located along the Bustleton Avenue corridor. Walkability, pedestrian safety and traffic calming are important issues. Public transit is needed to relieve traffic congestion. Existing bus routes are widely used by students and local workers alike. Commuter rail is available at the Somerton, Byberry and Philmont stations. Management and upkeep of retail centers and industrial parks is a concern. Community groups monitor zoning variances and their effect on existing development. Conversion of single family homeowner houses to multi-family rental properties is a related issue.
FNE 1: Cluster Municipal Facilities
The Welsh Road Branch Library 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 concrete barriers. Conversations involving City and local stakeholders are ongoing to explore potential sites to relocate the library to a location that is more visible and accessible to visitors arriving by all modes of travel.
FNE 2: 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.
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.
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