Weekly Update January 20-27

Master Plan wins national AIA   urban planning award

The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation is sharing a 2012 Institutional Honor Award for Regional and Urban Design.  According to Marilyn Jordan Taylor, dean of the Penn School of Design, receiving the award indicates that the completed master plan is a “21st Century Vision” that is realistic enough to be brought to life.

See http://planphilly.com/news/notebook/central-delaware-master-plan-wins-national-aia-urban-planning-award

Pier 9’s future and a parking lot’s past

The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation is looking at possibilities for Pier 9 – the municipal space with a large building which is next to the Race Street Pier.  Options are an open-air porch with cafe-seating overlooking the neighboring pier and the Ben Franklin Bridge, and indoor space for small events or opened up for large gatherings.

DRWC’s board wants to know if and when it would be worth the cost, which is being researched.  A feasibility study will determine the cost to ready the space for event rentals, and is looking at the possibility of permanent tenants with more time and money.

See: http://planphilly.com/drwc-talks-about-pier-9s-future-and-parking-lots-past

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