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THE LOWER EASTWICK PUBLIC LAND STRATEGY

The Study & Its Origins

In December of 2015, the City of Philadelphia and PRA reached an agreement with New Eastwick Corporation (NEC) to release any development rights for 134 acres of land in Eastwick. PRA and the City committed financial compensation to NEC, as well as agreed to carry out a planning and feasibility study to engage the community to determine the best use for the property.  Less than a year later in August 2016, a Request for Proposals (RFP) was issued for Eastwick Public Land Planning Services to complete a vision and development/implementation plan for this property, other PRA-owned tracts of land and vacant publicly-owned facilities located as follows and illustrated below:

  • The aforementioned property released by NEC that include (1) a 128.54 acre, largely residential tract bounded by 84th Street, Lindbergh Boulevard and Mario Lanza Boulevard, and (2) a 5.65-acre, commercial tract at the northwest corner of 84th Street and Lindbergh Boulevard;
  • Additional PRA-owned lands (3) located along and generally bounded by Mario Lanza Boulevard, between 81st & 84th Streets; also north and east of 
  • Buildings formerly held by the School District of Philadelphia that include (4) the former Communications Technology High School site and (5) the former Pepper Middle School site;

Interface Studio LLC has been selected as the consultant to embark on this study and lead this planning process in partnership with PRA, Philadelphia City Planning Commission (PCPC), the Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), other local officials and community stakeholders. Led by its Founder and Principal, Scott Page, the Interface Studio has partnered with a team of consultants that include University of Orange, Real Estate Strategies, BLD Partners and Parsons Brickenhoff. Collectively, this team brings together planning, urban design, community engage engagement, landscape architecture, ecology, public health and engineering in one integrated team. Members of our team have collaborated previously in Philadelphia, Detroit, Fargo, Grand Rapids, Pittsburgh and Rochester.

Interface anticipates a twelve (12) month planning process and will host several opportunities for public and stakeholder engagement and input. A presentation shared at the first of these public meetings held on April 24, 2017 can be accessed here or found in the RESOURCES section of this page, along with a scope of services and study area map. Please check back in with this page for the dates and times of these meetings as they continue to be scheduled along the way. Feel free to contact Jessie Lawrence, Project Manager, at jessie.lawrence@pra.phila.gov for addtional information.

Please note that the sale of both aforementioned facilities formerly held by the School District of Philadelphia (SDP) have been placed on hold until this planning process is complete. These properties will continue to be maintained by SDP, and Philadelphia Parks and Recreation (PPR) will maintain the associated recreation fields until further notice. While the school board itself has not been involved in this process, SDP has participated in a stakeholder interview, and has agreed to defer to the findings of this planning process in future decision making on the sale and potential use of these properties. 

Steering Committee Members

Jeffrey Brown -  President & CEO, Brown’s Super Stores, Inc.

Margaret Cobb – Eastwick Neighborhood Representative

Joanne Dahme – General Manager, Public Affairs, Philadelphia Water Department

Martine DeCamp – City Planner, Philadelphia City Planning Commission

Danielle Floyd - Director of Capital Programs, School District of Philadelphia 

William Fox - Real Property Director, School District of Philadelphia

Gregory Heller – Executive Director, Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority

Rojer Kern – Senior Business Services Manager, Philadelphia Commerce Department

Jessie Lawrence – Project Manager, Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority

Maryanne Mahoney – Government Affairs Manager, Philadelphia International Airport

Scott Page – Founder & Principal, Interface Studio LLC

Christopher Sample – Chief of Staff for Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, Philadelphia's 2nd Council District

Norma Santos – Eastwick Neighborhood Representative

Rev. Frank Smart  – St. Paul A.M.E. Church

Leonard Steward – Eastwick Neighborhood Representative

Terry Williams – Liaison, Eastwick Friends & Neighbors Coalition

Sarah Wu – Deputy Director for Planning, Office of Sustainability