December 07, 2009

KieranTimberlake to Develop Master Plan for Philadelphia Waterfront

A historic photo from the early twentieth century shows Delaware Avenue with the Delaware River and Benjamin Franklin Bridge in the background.

KieranTimberlake has been selected as part of an internationally experienced team (including Cooper Robertson & Partners, master planners; OLIN, landscape architects; and HR&A Advisors) to develop the Master Plan for the Central Delaware Waterfront in Philadelphia.

The focus area extends from Allegheny Avenue on the north to Oregon Avenue on the south, and from the Delaware River on the east to Interstate-95 on the west. With the aim of transforming the waterfront into a vibrant destination for recreational, cultural, and commercial activities for residents and visitors, the master plan will address land use; utilities and infrastructure investment; street plans; provisions for public transit; pedestrian and bicycle trail alignment, neighborhood connections, and related facilities; public access to the river's edge; and urban design guidelines. The team also includes several subconsultants in the fields of transportation, traffic engineering, planning and zoning law, ecology, and historic preservation in order to address various elements of the plan. 
“The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation's selection of a Master Plan Team is another big step forward in transforming the Central Delaware into a world class waterfront,” said Mayor Michael A. Nutter. “Development of our waterfront is a priority for the entire city and I am particularly excited that citizens have had an unprecedented opportunity to play a role in this major project for the future of Philadelphia. Beginning with the Civic Vision for the Central Delaware developed by Penn Praxis and continuing with the establishment of the DRWC and the selection of the Master Plan team, waterfront development in Philadelphia is open, transparent, and is moving forward quickly.”