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15 major Delaware River Waterfront projects in the works

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Editor's note: This map was originally published in March 2017 and has since been updated.

Big changes are coming to the Delaware River Waterfront. Everything from an 11-acre park at Penn's Landing to a massive residential village in Pennsport have been proposed up and down the river in recent years. Since we last published this map in March, three more projects have been added to the list and many of the original projects have moved forward as well.

Here are 15 projects that are in the pipeline. While many of them are still in the early planning stages, it's astonishing to imagine what the waterfront could look like down the road if or when all of the projects come to fruition.

The following projects are listed geographically, from south to north. Know of another project that's not on this list? Hit the tipline!

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1. Port of Philadelphia

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S Christopher Columbus Blvd & E Oregon Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19148
Big changes are coming to the Port of Philadelphia, after receiving $300 million in cash from the Governor Tom Wolf administration in November 2016. That money will go toward improving the port's infrastructure, warehousing, and equipment. Some of the major changes include deepening the Delaware River's main navigation channel to allow more ships to pass through and creating another 155 acres of lots to store more auto imports.
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2. Former Foxwoods Casino Site

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1401 S Christopher Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19148
In early 2016, developer Bart Blatstein shared plans to bring 670 apartments and townhouses, a strip mall, a Wawa, and a gas station to this 21-acre site on the Delaware, which was originally slated for a Foxwoods Casino. At the time, an online petition against the development garnered 948 signatures, and Blatstein went quiet on the project for nearly a year. But in November 2017, the project secured a permit for a grocery store and 149 parking spaces, so it looks like it is moving forward.
Site plan overplay courtesy of MSC Retail

3. Liberty on the River

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S Christopher Columbus Blvd & Washington Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19147
This major multi-phase project has been in the works for some time by developer K4 LLC and architect Barton Partners. It covers 18 acres—almost all of the land between Washington Avenue and Reed Street—and will bring 10 residential high-rises, 100 townhouses, and one 22-story hotel.

The developers have applied for $44 million total in RACP state grants for the project. Meanwhile, a bill that would have allowed taller buildings to be constructed on the Delaware River waterfront has been delayed, with the developer planning to work with the neighborhood residents over the summer on the zoning bill and project’s plans. You can watch a video of the 3D renderings here.
Rendering by Barton Partners

4. Camden Waterfront

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Across the Delaware River in New Jersey, Camden's waterfront is also undergoing a transformation, led by developer Liberty Property Trust and architect Robert A.M. Stern. The $800 million master plan will bring 1.5 million square feet of commercial retail space, 211 residential units, a 130-room hotel, and 4,000 parking spaces to 26 acres of land along the river. Construction has already begun on the American Water Works headquarters, and plans were recently approved to build an 18-story office tower next door.
Rendering courtesy of Conner Strong & Buckelew, NFI, and TMO

5. Penn's Landing Capping

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S Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA
A vision to bring 11 acres of public green space to Penn's Landing has become reality after Mayor Jim Kenney, the William Penn Foundation, PennDOT, and the state announced earlier this year that they would help fund the $225 million project.

Most recently, construction work began to start dismantling a pair of highway ramps by Penn's Landing. The project will bridge the divide between Center City and the river by capping I-95 between Walnut and Chestnut Streets. It will also include 1,500 new housing units, 500 hotel rooms, and more than 100,000-square-feet of retail, restaurants, and entertainment.
Rendering by Hargreaves Associates

6. Festival Pier

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121 N Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 629-3200
Also part of the Master Plan for Central Delaware is the redesign of Festival Pier at Spring Garden Street. In 2015, The Delaware Waterfront Corporation picked Jefferson Apartment Group and Haverford Properties to develop the 11-acre site to include 550 residential units and 30,000 square feet of retail. Architecture firm Cecil Baker + Partners and landscape architecture firm Olin are leading the design of the $8 million project.
Rendering courtesy of DWRC

7. 709-717 North Penn Street

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709 N Penn St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
In February 2017, Shovels Ready Projects listed a 2.13-acre parcel on the Delaware River for sale, along with plans and permits for a 41-townhouse development. The offer comes more than a decade after Donald trump first proposed to build Trump Tower, a 45-story condo-hotel. Shovels Ready worked with architecture firm Cecil Baker + Partners on the townhouse development plan, which calls for 2,800-square-foot luxury residences. It’s zoned CMX3 and allows development of up to 400,000 square feet. It's on the market for $12.3 million.
Rendering by Cecil Baker + Partners

8. The Views at Penn Treaty

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1143 N Delaware Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125
After listing for $6.5 million, NY-based developer Gotham Bedrock LLC bought this 1.5-acre property next to Penn Treaty Park for $7 million. Like with Pier 35-1/2 (#9), this project came with permits and plans, and work has already begun on the 19 four-story townhouses with two-car garages, elevators, and roof decks. Multiple townhomes have already sold, and the project is aiming for a winter 2017 completion date.
Rendering by Abitare Design Studio

9. PECO Delaware Station

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1325 Beach St
Philadelphia, PA 19125
Just north of Penn Treaty Park is the historic Delaware Station of the Philadelphia Electric Company (PECO). Developers Joe Volpe and Bart Blatstein have plans to redevelop the massive 223,000-square-foot concrete behemoth into an events space with a banquet hall, restaurants, guest rooms, and parking.
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10. Greenway Plan

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The Greenway Plan for the North Delaware stretches from Pulaski Park in Port Richmond to Glen Foerd in Torresdale. The ongoing project calls to transform 11 miles of mostly industrial land into connecting trails and waterfront park space as part of the larger Circuit Trail and East Coast Greenway, a 3,000-mile multi-use trail that runs from Maine to Florida.
Courtesy of the Delaware River City Corporation

11. Bridesburg Park

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Richmond
Philadelphia, PA 19137
Plans to build an 8.2-acre park in Bridesburg are in the works, spearheaded by the Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Department and the Delaware River City Corporation. Final renderings were revealed in December 2015, with plans for a great lawn, a stage, an upper and lower meadow, a rain garden, a boardwalk, an event plaza, picnic pavilions, and a river overlook area. An estimated $5 and $7 million is needed for the project, and construction is estimated to take 1 to 2 years.
Rendering by Locus Partners

12. MaST II Community Charter School-Tacony Campus

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6501 New State Rd
Philadelphia, PA 19135
Tacony is set to bring a MaST II Community Charter School to the edge of its neighborhood on the Delaware River. Design plans cleared the Civic Design Review process in March 2016, revealing two school buildings connected by an elevated bridge, as well as softball and baseball fields. The project will be built in phases, and is expected to break ground soon, according to the Tacony Community Development Corporation. The school should be fully operational by 2023.
Rendering by Ewing Cole

13. Independence Seaport Museum

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211 S Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 925-5439
The Independence Seaport Museum is situated right next to the future 11-acre park that will cap over Penn's Landing and I-95 (#6). With its prime spot on the waterfront, the museum is looking to take advantage of what's happening around it and undergo its own makeover, its first since moving into its current spot in the 1990s. Expect much more glass, for one: CEO John Brady says the building's redesign will "make it more friendly and allow people to see in and out—we obviously have fantastic views of both the river and the park, and we would really like to make changes to the building that play to that.”
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14. Cherry Street Pier

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121 N Christopher Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Today it's known as Pier 9, but by late spring or summer of 2018 it will be called Cherry Street Pier. The long-abandoned pier is set to undergo a major $4 million makeover that will transform the structure into a creative community space, complete with an open-air garden, food vendors, pop-up retail markets, and shipping containers-turned-offices.
The interior of the Cherry Street Pier. The ceiling is high and vaulted. There are people sitting and walking on the ground floor. Renderings by Groundswell

15. Philadelphia Piers

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221 N Christopher Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19106
In March 2017, the New York-based Durst Organization bought the Philadelphia Piers for $21.4 million from Brandywine Realty Trust. The 4.3-acre property is a collection of four piers (12, 13-15, 19 and 24) just north of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. While there are no definite plans yet, the developer did say that it is considering an apartment complex down the road.
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1. Port of Philadelphia

S Christopher Columbus Blvd & E Oregon Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19148
Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Big changes are coming to the Port of Philadelphia, after receiving $300 million in cash from the Governor Tom Wolf administration in November 2016. That money will go toward improving the port's infrastructure, warehousing, and equipment. Some of the major changes include deepening the Delaware River's main navigation channel to allow more ships to pass through and creating another 155 acres of lots to store more auto imports.
S Christopher Columbus Blvd & E Oregon Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19148

2. Former Foxwoods Casino Site

1401 S Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19148
Site plan overplay courtesy of MSC Retail
In early 2016, developer Bart Blatstein shared plans to bring 670 apartments and townhouses, a strip mall, a Wawa, and a gas station to this 21-acre site on the Delaware, which was originally slated for a Foxwoods Casino. At the time, an online petition against the development garnered 948 signatures, and Blatstein went quiet on the project for nearly a year. But in November 2017, the project secured a permit for a grocery store and 149 parking spaces, so it looks like it is moving forward.
1401 S Christopher Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19148

3. Liberty on the River

S Christopher Columbus Blvd & Washington Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Rendering by Barton Partners
This major multi-phase project has been in the works for some time by developer K4 LLC and architect Barton Partners. It covers 18 acres—almost all of the land between Washington Avenue and Reed Street—and will bring 10 residential high-rises, 100 townhouses, and one 22-story hotel.

The developers have applied for $44 million total in RACP state grants for the project. Meanwhile, a bill that would have allowed taller buildings to be constructed on the Delaware River waterfront has been delayed, with the developer planning to work with the neighborhood residents over the summer on the zoning bill and project’s plans. You can watch a video of the 3D renderings here.
S Christopher Columbus Blvd & Washington Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19147

4. Camden Waterfront

Camden, NJ 08103
Rendering courtesy of Conner Strong & Buckelew, NFI, and TMO
Across the Delaware River in New Jersey, Camden's waterfront is also undergoing a transformation, led by developer Liberty Property Trust and architect Robert A.M. Stern. The $800 million master plan will bring 1.5 million square feet of commercial retail space, 211 residential units, a 130-room hotel, and 4,000 parking spaces to 26 acres of land along the river. Construction has already begun on the American Water Works headquarters, and plans were recently approved to build an 18-story office tower next door.

5. Penn's Landing Capping

S Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA
Rendering by Hargreaves Associates
A vision to bring 11 acres of public green space to Penn's Landing has become reality after Mayor Jim Kenney, the William Penn Foundation, PennDOT, and the state announced earlier this year that they would help fund the $225 million project.

Most recently, construction work began to start dismantling a pair of highway ramps by Penn's Landing. The project will bridge the divide between Center City and the river by capping I-95 between Walnut and Chestnut Streets. It will also include 1,500 new housing units, 500 hotel rooms, and more than 100,000-square-feet of retail, restaurants, and entertainment.
S Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA

6. Festival Pier

121 N Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Rendering courtesy of DWRC
Also part of the Master Plan for Central Delaware is the redesign of Festival Pier at Spring Garden Street. In 2015, The Delaware Waterfront Corporation picked Jefferson Apartment Group and Haverford Properties to develop the 11-acre site to include 550 residential units and 30,000 square feet of retail. Architecture firm Cecil Baker + Partners and landscape architecture firm Olin are leading the design of the $8 million project.
121 N Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19106

7. 709-717 North Penn Street

709 N Penn St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Rendering by Cecil Baker + Partners
In February 2017, Shovels Ready Projects listed a 2.13-acre parcel on the Delaware River for sale, along with plans and permits for a 41-townhouse development. The offer comes more than a decade after Donald trump first proposed to build Trump Tower, a 45-story condo-hotel. Shovels Ready worked with architecture firm Cecil Baker + Partners on the townhouse development plan, which calls for 2,800-square-foot luxury residences. It’s zoned CMX3 and allows development of up to 400,000 square feet. It's on the market for $12.3 million.
709 N Penn St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

8. The Views at Penn Treaty

1143 N Delaware Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125
Rendering by Abitare Design Studio
After listing for $6.5 million, NY-based developer Gotham Bedrock LLC bought this 1.5-acre property next to Penn Treaty Park for $7 million. Like with Pier 35-1/2 (#9), this project came with permits and plans, and work has already begun on the 19 four-story townhouses with two-car garages, elevators, and roof decks. Multiple townhomes have already sold, and the project is aiming for a winter 2017 completion date.
1143 N Delaware Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125

9. PECO Delaware Station

1325 Beach St, Philadelphia, PA 19125
Courtesy of Flickr user Eli Pousson
Just north of Penn Treaty Park is the historic Delaware Station of the Philadelphia Electric Company (PECO). Developers Joe Volpe and Bart Blatstein have plans to redevelop the massive 223,000-square-foot concrete behemoth into an events space with a banquet hall, restaurants, guest rooms, and parking.
1325 Beach St
Philadelphia, PA 19125

10. Greenway Plan

Philadelphia, PA 19134
Courtesy of the Delaware River City Corporation
The Greenway Plan for the North Delaware stretches from Pulaski Park in Port Richmond to Glen Foerd in Torresdale. The ongoing project calls to transform 11 miles of mostly industrial land into connecting trails and waterfront park space as part of the larger Circuit Trail and East Coast Greenway, a 3,000-mile multi-use trail that runs from Maine to Florida.

11. Bridesburg Park

Richmond, Philadelphia, PA 19137
Rendering by Locus Partners
Plans to build an 8.2-acre park in Bridesburg are in the works, spearheaded by the Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Department and the Delaware River City Corporation. Final renderings were revealed in December 2015, with plans for a great lawn, a stage, an upper and lower meadow, a rain garden, a boardwalk, an event plaza, picnic pavilions, and a river overlook area. An estimated $5 and $7 million is needed for the project, and construction is estimated to take 1 to 2 years.
Richmond
Philadelphia, PA 19137

12. MaST II Community Charter School-Tacony Campus

6501 New State Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19135
Rendering by Ewing Cole
Tacony is set to bring a MaST II Community Charter School to the edge of its neighborhood on the Delaware River. Design plans cleared the Civic Design Review process in March 2016, revealing two school buildings connected by an elevated bridge, as well as softball and baseball fields. The project will be built in phases, and is expected to break ground soon, according to the Tacony Community Development Corporation. The school should be fully operational by 2023.
6501 New State Rd
Philadelphia, PA 19135

13. Independence Seaport Museum

211 S Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
The Independence Seaport Museum is situated right next to the future 11-acre park that will cap over Penn's Landing and I-95 (#6). With its prime spot on the waterfront, the museum is looking to take advantage of what's happening around it and undergo its own makeover, its first since moving into its current spot in the 1990s. Expect much more glass, for one: CEO John Brady says the building's redesign will "make it more friendly and allow people to see in and out—we obviously have fantastic views of both the river and the park, and we would really like to make changes to the building that play to that.”
211 S Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19106

14. Cherry Street Pier

121 N Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19106
The interior of the Cherry Street Pier. The ceiling is high and vaulted. There are people sitting and walking on the ground floor. Renderings by Groundswell
Today it's known as Pier 9, but by late spring or summer of 2018 it will be called Cherry Street Pier. The long-abandoned pier is set to undergo a major $4 million makeover that will transform the structure into a creative community space, complete with an open-air garden, food vendors, pop-up retail markets, and shipping containers-turned-offices.
121 N Christopher Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19106

15. Philadelphia Piers

221 N Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Courtesy of Google Earth Pro
In March 2017, the New York-based Durst Organization bought the Philadelphia Piers for $21.4 million from Brandywine Realty Trust. The 4.3-acre property is a collection of four piers (12, 13-15, 19 and 24) just north of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. While there are no definite plans yet, the developer did say that it is considering an apartment complex down the road.
221 N Christopher Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19106