Petition: Tell Bart Blatstein, No More Delaware Waterfront Sprawl

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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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  • Gloria Gilman
    signed 2016-02-17 10:07:52 -0500
  • Steven Greenberg
    signed via 2016-02-17 09:33:38 -0500
  • Joe Schiavo
    signed 2016-02-17 07:55:23 -0500
  • Nicholas Jann
    signed 2016-02-17 07:30:11 -0500
  • Lynn Przywara
    signed 2016-02-17 05:08:48 -0500
  • Alton Sutnick
    signed via 2016-02-16 23:38:01 -0500
  • Maureen Weir
    signed 2016-02-16 22:11:04 -0500
  • Susan Stein
    signed 2016-02-16 21:47:42 -0500
  • Ryan Rogus
    signed via 2016-02-16 21:00:04 -0500
  • Lawrence Isard
    signed 2016-02-16 20:52:25 -0500
  • Mariel Carr
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-02-16 20:44:08 -0500
    Petition: Tell Bart Blatstein, No More Delaware Waterfront Sprawl
  • Dennis Grousosky
    signed 2016-02-16 20:39:57 -0500
  • Tamara Van Winkle
    signed 2016-02-16 20:12:47 -0500
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  • Brendon Shank
    signed 2016-02-16 20:11:36 -0500
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  • Elizabeth Uhlhorn
    signed 2016-02-16 20:09:23 -0500
  • John Cruice
    signed 2016-02-16 19:49:11 -0500
    This location could use development and while the retail and residential elements are needed, the organization of those elements on the site is not right for an urban waterfront. The project would be much more well received if a pedestrian eye placed on it to begin an urbanized signature development along the waterfront.
  • Beverly Michaels
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-02-16 19:23:59 -0500
    Petition: Tell Bart Blatstein, No More Delaware Waterfront Sprawl
  • Beverly Michaels
    @6everly tweeted link to this page. 2016-02-16 19:23:55 -0500
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  • Beverly Michaels
    signed via 2016-02-16 19:22:01 -0500
    I go through Philadelphia every day on my way to work and I love to look down on the riverfront from the PATCO train. The last thing we need is another retail eyesore!
  • Robert Quartucci
    signed 2016-02-16 18:23:58 -0500
    Wasting highly valuable riverfront property on a suburban-styled gas station, strip mall and parking is poorly conceived, like his earlier project at the Piazza. The restaurant/commercial spaces have no public restrooms. This is not the suburbs! Why make it seem like it is? Revenue-building residential development would better serve the community.Why aren’t city zoning officials using simple common sense by inspecting plans more carefully before issuing permits on these ludicrous projects? They serve no one but are designed to fill the pockets of the developers.
  • Joyce Ratner
    signed via 2016-02-16 18:16:04 -0500
  • Noah Corbett
    signed 2016-02-16 18:14:14 -0500
  • Rosemary Gifford
    signed 2016-02-16 17:51:46 -0500
  • Craig Thomas
    signed 2016-02-16 17:34:27 -0500
    Bo strip mall or large gas station
  • Chett Garcia
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-02-16 16:58:47 -0500
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  • Chett Garcia
    @Fibra73 tweeted link to this page. 2016-02-16 16:58:44 -0500
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  • Chett Garcia
    signed 2016-02-16 16:57:01 -0500
    This is a walkable city and should stay that way. Anything car oriented is counterproductive to the culture of this great city. I could see some great bike share spots, car share parking spaces and great outdoor space that increases the chance for people to interact positively.
  • Elayne Bloom
    signed via 2016-02-16 16:45:17 -0500
  • Susan Levering
    signed via 2016-02-16 16:33:28 -0500
  • Barbara Rosin
    signed via 2016-02-16 16:32:03 -0500