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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  • Martha Aleo
    signed 2016-02-18 13:06:04 -0500
  • Mitchell Klevan
    signed via 2016-02-18 11:49:16 -0500
  • Nathan Farbman
    signed via 2016-02-18 11:14:07 -0500
  • Esme Bartolotta
    signed 2016-02-18 09:22:26 -0500
    Philadelphia is constructing massive high rises and condominiums virtually everywhere you look, many with little or no parking available, supposedly to encourage people to use bicycles and public transportation. The idea of a super sized gas station seems a little contradictory, does it not ?
  • Betty Strouss
    signed 2016-02-18 07:04:18 -0500
    I am against the development!!!!!!
  • Robin Risler
    signed via 2016-02-17 22:35:00 -0500
  • Suki Kazahaya
    signed via 2016-02-17 22:05:26 -0500
  • Robert Coleman
    signed 2016-02-17 18:38:32 -0500
  • Jon Rost
    signed 2016-02-17 18:05:58 -0500
  • Jim Gallagher
    signed 2016-02-17 17:57:25 -0500
  • Walter Spector
    signed via 2016-02-17 17:11:03 -0500
  • Peg Kendrick
    signed via 2016-02-17 17:00:36 -0500
  • Barbara Katz-Chobert
    signed 2016-02-17 16:52:41 -0500
    Barbara Katz-Chobert
  • Amy Friedlander
    signed via 2016-02-17 16:30:54 -0500
  • Heather Shultz
    signed 2016-02-17 16:17:39 -0500
  • Robert Quinn
    signed via 2016-02-17 14:46:46 -0500
    The DRWC should be investigated. The waterfront is a precious, irreplaceable community asset, not a political Monopoly game board. The DRWC, like it’s predisessor the “disolved” Penn’s Landing Corporation, is trying to perpetuate itself with its, what have become, career jobs at public expense. The DRWC rolls on with no public accountability or transperency – witness the deterioration of the Great Plaza, the great “Cement Arch” and their atempt to “quietly” demolish the Market & Chestnut Stree ramps linking Columbus Blvd and Center City. The motivation here is money, not the public interest. The waterfront has been devistated by this “development” philosophy for decades and permenently scared by politically driven mistreatment since the building of I95. It’s time for our new Mayor to reassess this greed, with a community focused eye to the future.
  • Anne Lazarus
    signed via 2016-02-17 14:36:16 -0500
    We don’t need suburban sprawl in the city. Strip malls look bad enough in the suburbs. I’d love a great shopping center, but this doesn’t promise to be what I’ve been hoping for.
  • Candace Roberts
    signed 2016-02-17 14:33:20 -0500
    Candace Roberts
  • Emily Perrotta
    signed 2016-02-17 14:09:43 -0500
    This is not the right use for our precious water front.
  • Gary Vernick
    signed 2016-02-17 14:00:06 -0500
    The waterfront is just beginning to evolve as it should with planning, order, and a sense of certainty! Developers must adhere to the vision and not attempt to thwart the process for personal gain!
  • Louis Marone
    signed 2016-02-17 13:11:25 -0500
    We need a world class waterfront, not a gas station.
  • Pat Lee
    signed 2016-02-17 12:51:49 -0500
  • Heather Perri
    signed via 2016-02-17 12:02:21 -0500
  • Mona Wilson
    signed via 2016-02-17 11:44:08 -0500
    mona k wilson
  • Susan McAninley
    signed 2016-02-17 11:41:06 -0500
    And don’t forget…much of the proposed development will be built over land with historical significance to the City of Philadelphia. IS sit right to put a parking lot over the site of the first Navy Yard in America?
  • James Cockerill
    signed 2016-02-17 11:27:43 -0500
  • Sarah Sanford
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-02-17 11:19:23 -0500
    Petition: Tell Bart Blatstein, No More Delaware Waterfront Sprawl
  • Sarah Sanford
    signed 2016-02-17 11:18:44 -0500
  • Rob Kettell
    signed 2016-02-17 10:57:51 -0500
    The proposal is just the opposite of what is needed there.
  • Pauline Wagnet
    signed via 2016-02-17 10:48:01 -0500
    Stop urban sprawl!