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Open Thread: What do you want to see from Cherry Street Pier?

Tell us what you hope the public space project will provide.

Matt Stanley, DRWC

After a year of waiting, seeing colorful renderings, and watching the roof of the old, abandoned Pier 9 building get stripped down, one of Philly’s most anticipated public spaces is nearly here—Cherry Street Pier.

Yesterday we checked in with the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC), which has been working on the $4 million project since last summer. The project will see the long-abandoned Pier 9 turned into a public space, with vendors, a market, artists, a performance space, and a garden. In a sort of homage to the building’s past, also expect to find shipping containers that have been turned into creative office spaces.

The DRWC said yesterday that much of the project is done, and that they plan to open in September or October. They still have to put in glass walls, install roll-up glass doors, and settle on the food vendors for the space. They expect there will be about three.

Now that the project’s completion is right around the corner, we want to hear from you. What do you want to see from Cherry Street Pier? Are you looking for a lot of green space in the garden? Are you hoping there will be kid-friendly foods and performances? What kind of stalls would you like to see in the market?

Weigh in on the project in the comments section, and let us know what you’re excited about (or wary of).