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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  • Nathan Bowser
    signed 2018-04-29 18:47:09 -0400
  • Margaret Barnes-DelColle
    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!
  • Katherine DeAngelis
    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.
  • Nichole Prendergast
    signed 2018-04-27 10:32:49 -0400
  • Anna marie Boland
    signed via 2018-04-27 04:01:42 -0400
  • Geri Kephart
    signed 2018-04-26 22:10:11 -0400
    No WaWa and gas station please.
  • Erik LaSalle
    signed 2018-04-26 20:40:53 -0400
  • Matthew Bernardo Bernardo
    signed 2018-04-26 20:05:34 -0400
  • M Stone
    signed 2018-04-26 15:07:15 -0400
  • Douglas Maisey
    signed 2018-04-26 13:22:06 -0400
    What a waste of an opportunity to benefit our community and waterfront.
  • Mary Leitch
    signed 2018-04-26 12:25:15 -0400
  • Tyler Charles
    signed 2018-04-26 08:59:39 -0400
  • Manfred Weis
    signed 2018-04-26 07:16:24 -0400
  • Astrid Schrier
    signed via 2018-04-26 07:14:35 -0400
  • Peter Zangardi
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-04-26 07:13:35 -0400
    Petition: Tell Bart Blatstein, No More Delaware Waterfront Sprawl
  • Peter Zangardi
    signed 2018-04-26 07:13:17 -0400
  • Valerie Keller
    signed 2018-04-25 23:20:10 -0400
  • Nancy McNulty
    signed via 2018-04-25 19:44:57 -0400
  • Kelly Brown
    signed 2018-04-25 19:14:56 -0400
  • Francisco Stoll
    signed 2018-04-25 19:06:58 -0400
  • Kathleen Vecchia
    signed 2018-04-25 18:19:24 -0400
  • Steven Krutt
    signed via 2018-04-25 18:16:07 -0400
  • Janice Chorba
    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.
  • Brent Fitzpatrick
    signed 2018-04-25 16:38:54 -0400
  • Chase Trimmer
    signed 2018-04-25 16:16:58 -0400
  • Joshua Ellis
    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.
  • Andree Larsen
    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.
  • Laura Chance
    signed 2018-04-25 13:59:47 -0400
  • Leah Grubb
    signed 2018-04-25 13:52:37 -0400
  • Ryan Barrett
    signed 2018-04-25 13:47:46 -0400