Petition: Tell Bart Blatstein, No More Delaware Waterfront Sprawl



In 2012 the City of Philadelphia adopted the Master Plan for the Central Delaware, based on a historical public planning process in which more than 4,000 Philadelphians participated.


The Plan - which was followed up by a Zoning Overlay in 2013 - calls for walkable and bikeable mixed-use development, public space, and public access instead of the kind of auto-oriented suburban sprawl that has degraded one of our city's most valuable assets for decades.


The Plan and Overlay have proven themselves, with great public spaces like Spruce Street Harbor park drawing millions of people to the waterfront, and private development bringing hundreds of new homes and apartments, restaurants, entertainment, and other commercial activity to the Central Delaware Waterfront.


But one developer is proposing a project that would turn back the clock and threaten all the progress we've made. Bart Blatstein wants to build a super-sized gas station, a strip mall, and acres of surface parking right on the waterfront, at the old Foxwoods site in South Philly.


Don't just take our word for it. Jason Bock of MSC Retail, who partnered with Blatstein on the plan, told the Inquirer,"This is going to be an urban development that's going to look like a suburban development." Drexel's Harris Steinberg, who oversaw the original planning process, calls it “a regression, not a progression… "This is just more car-oriented development."


If you agree that more car-oriented development is the opposite of what the Delaware Waterfront needs, sign our petition and share it with your friends on Facebook.

The undersigned oppose this plan as currently designed, we urge Bart Blatstein to revise it, and Mayor Kenney, Councilman Mark Squilla and the city to do everything in their power to oppose it if it is not modified to fit the Master Plan for the Central Delaware.

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  • signed 2018-04-29 18:47:09 -0400
  • signed 2018-04-27 21:09:25 -0400
    Stay the Course!! After all the riverside neighborhoods met for months giving their opinions and the overlay states no car oriented businesses on the Delaware we get stuck with AAA. Enough is Enough. No backdoor and underhanded tactics!
  • signed 2018-04-27 12:18:16 -0400
    Katherine DeAngelis. This is our riverfront, not some parking lot with pumps. Yikes, just greedy people trying to make money. After all these years developers are still trying to ugly our Delaware waterfront. Wawa’s are everywhere, they are ugly, crowded, in and out cars …… we want landscape, trees, serenity, lovely trails, respite! Willard Rouse is watching from above.
  • signed 2018-04-27 10:32:49 -0400
  • signed via 2018-04-27 04:01:42 -0400
  • signed 2018-04-26 22:10:11 -0400
    No WaWa and gas station please.
  • signed 2018-04-26 20:40:53 -0400
  • signed 2018-04-26 20:05:34 -0400
  • signed 2018-04-26 15:07:15 -0400
  • signed 2018-04-26 13:22:06 -0400
    What a waste of an opportunity to benefit our community and waterfront.
  • signed 2018-04-26 12:25:15 -0400
  • signed 2018-04-26 08:59:39 -0400
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  • posted about this on Facebook 2018-04-26 07:13:35 -0400
    Petition: Tell Bart Blatstein, No More Delaware Waterfront Sprawl
  • signed 2018-04-26 07:13:17 -0400
  • signed 2018-04-25 23:20:10 -0400
  • signed via 2018-04-25 19:44:57 -0400
  • signed 2018-04-25 19:14:56 -0400
  • signed 2018-04-25 19:06:58 -0400
  • signed 2018-04-25 18:19:24 -0400
  • signed via 2018-04-25 18:16:07 -0400
  • signed 2018-04-25 16:42:11 -0400
    This is still a neighborhood, not just a riverfront development area. Blatsteins’s plans do not fit in or contribute to the needs of the neighborhood.
  • signed 2018-04-25 16:38:54 -0400
  • signed 2018-04-25 16:16:58 -0400
  • signed 2018-04-25 15:23:13 -0400
    Blatstein has been ruining Phillys development scene for long enough. Please do not allloe another wasteland to develop like the current Walmart Home Depot pile of garbage that already exists.
  • signed 2018-04-25 14:50:27 -0400
    The last thing the Delaware Waterfront needs is a giant gas station. The one across the street was just expanded! This type of development is just plain stupid & short sighted.
  • signed 2018-04-25 13:59:47 -0400
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