For a long time coming, the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation has dreamed of having Penn’s Landing redeveloped and having its potential fully realized. Recently, these dreams of been getting closer and closer to reality. A planned two block cap over. I-95 will reunite Old City to the Delaware River. Perhaps more exciting, though, is the planned mixed-use neighborhood that could be built on the waterfront. Many developers are competing for the rights to build this mega project, each with different designs. Among top competitors is NYC’s Durst, Hoffman and Associates our of DC, and Josh Harris from the Philadelphia 76ers. Below are some articles about developers’ different plans for the site:
The 76ers proposal is by far the most controversial. In addition to a mixed-use neighborhood, Harris also plans on building a new arena on the most prime spot in the redevelopment area. Many are worried about where parking will go, and how it is less accessible to get to than the practical sports complex in south Philly. I my personal opinion, I would not be happy seeing the arena get built.
The Penn’s Landing Development is of such large scale that it would rival that of Schuylkill Yards and 30th Street Station District on Philadelphia’s other riverfront.