The City Planning Commission passed Property Bill No. 150415 on Tuesday, authorizing the City to acquire an 0.8 acre portion of the elevated rail line known as the "Viaduct," and to lease a portion of the property to SEPTA. ICYMI, this means Phase I of The Rail Park is officially underway, with plans still to break ground later this year.
Landscape Architect Bryan Hanes, who is working on Phase I explains in the video below that the rail park will be a grittier take on NYC's High Line. He says:
"It's really building off the steel structure we're working on...I think the hope is that when it's done, it doesn't look a whole lot different than it does now...with the additional amenities of places to sit, places to congregate, opportunities for people to gather in smaller groups and larger groups."
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