THE LOWER EASTWICK PUBLIC LAND STRATEGY
In January 2017, Interface Studio LLC was consulted to embark on the Lower Eastwick Public Land Strategy and lead a 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 brought together a multi-disciplined team to conduct a community engagement process that will produce a strategic recommendations for how publicly-owned land should be developed in Eastwick. These recommendations can be found in July 26, 2018 Final Public Meeting presentation included in this page's Resources section or by clicking here. Comments on the strategy's recommendations can be submitted by clicking the banner below.
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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;
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
Leonard Steward – Eastwick Neighborhood Representative
Terry Williams – Liaison, Eastwick Friends & Neighbors Coalition
Sarah Wu – Deputy Director for Planning, Office of Sustainability