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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  • Avery Payette
    signed 2016-02-13 15:37:24 -0500
  • Mathew Davis
    signed 2016-02-13 13:50:04 -0500
  • Sylvia Lengel
    signed via 2016-02-13 11:52:30 -0500
  • Nicole Hennessey
    signed 2016-02-12 23:50:23 -0500
  • Joseph Cesa
    signed 2016-02-12 16:57:24 -0500
    the best things about the site (river views, potential pedestrian trail along the river, location to CC) are totally overlooked with a half-baked plan. And a Wawa gas station is the final insult.
  • Esther Wise
    signed 2016-02-12 16:24:28 -0500
  • Ravi Desai
    signed 2016-02-12 12:53:25 -0500
    Don’t be a douche, Bartholomew
  • Edward Thorpe
    signed 2016-02-12 12:39:22 -0500
    Bart! Play the long game. A better city will make your properties more valuable if you help it happen.
  • Maryanne Buschini
    signed 2016-02-12 08:38:41 -0500
  • Ramona Johnson
    signed 2016-02-12 08:32:55 -0500
    A bad idea for the surrounding neighborhoods, the city and the future of the waterfront.
  • Emily Steinberg
    signed 2016-02-12 08:24:23 -0500
  • Kate Logan
    signed 2016-02-11 23:01:44 -0500
  • Bradley Dakake
    signed 2016-02-11 19:54:32 -0500
  • Lawrence Meehan
    signed via 2016-02-11 19:45:32 -0500
    Lawrence F Meehan
  • Marita Fitzpatrick
    signed 2016-02-11 18:51:49 -0500
  • Rosanne Loesch
    signed via 2016-02-11 18:36:16 -0500
  • martha swartz
    signed 2016-02-11 18:01:19 -0500
  • Morris Swartz
    signed 2016-02-11 17:58:22 -0500
  • Marguerite Hollander
    signed 2016-02-11 17:22:04 -0500
  • Samuel Gordon
    signed 2016-02-11 16:09:52 -0500
    Develop this property in tune with the city it is in, not like a suburban strip mall.
  • Paula Edelson
    signed via 2016-02-11 15:08:39 -0500
  • Joseph Bridy
    signed 2016-02-11 15:04:24 -0500
    No more parking structures or surface parking lots on or near the Delaware River or on Columbus Blvd. Residential projects must restore the walk-able city grid with walk up residential housing, lowrise and mixed housing with retail patterns and regular access to the River Walk and riverside parks.
  • Alison Dilworth
    signed 2016-02-11 13:28:32 -0500
  • Dana Dobson
    signed via 2016-02-11 13:07:03 -0500
  • Katherine Gleason-Bachman
    signed 2016-02-11 12:29:30 -0500
  • Allison Gibson
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-02-11 12:15:17 -0500
    Petition: Tell Bart Blatstein, No More Delaware Waterfront Sprawl
  • Allison Gibson
    signed 2016-02-11 12:14:40 -0500
  • Joshua Murbarger
    signed 2016-02-11 11:56:33 -0500
    Our city is moving away from car-focused living. Your developments should reflect that. Planning new developments to act as enablers to our petrochemical addiction is regressive-thinking. Don’t try to give the people what they wanted. Give them what they are going to want.
  • Tanya Seaman
    signed 2016-02-11 11:54:56 -0500
  • Jeff Braff
    signed 2016-02-11 11:13:55 -0500