Frankford Creek Brownfield Area-Wide Plan Final Meeting

The evening of May 20th is slated for the final community meeting for the Frankford Creek Brownfield Area-Wide Plan. The Philadelphia City Planning Commission (PCPC) invites community members to attend this meeting to see a presentation of the draft plan and offer comments and questions.

The meeting will be held from 6:30pm to 8:00pm at the Franklin Towne Charter High School in the Arsenal Business Center, on the site of the historic Frankford Arsenal.

The Area-Wide Plan process has been made possible by a grant to the City from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  The aim of the plan is to guide the reuse of brownfields in Bridesburg and areas near the Frankford Creek in Frankford, Juniata Park, and Port Richmond. The EPA defines brownfields as land whose reuse may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.

The Planning Commission began working on the Area-Wide Plan in spring 2014 with a team of consultants, public agencies and community representatives, including the offices of City Council members Bobby Henon, Maria Quiñones-Sánchez, and Mark Squilla. Three previous community meetings have been held to receive input and ideas from the community. Materials on the planning effort to date are available at www.frankfordcreekbrownfields.com.

The Area-Wide Plan will inform the Planning Commission’s ongoing River Wards district plan phila2035.org/home-page/district/river-wards/ and other, ongoing development and planning initiatives along the Lower Frankford Creek watershed and Delaware River. The final report of the Area-Wide Plan will outline an implementable, sustainable approach for the redevelopment of key brownfield resources.

On May 20th, two entrances into the Arsenal Business Center will be available at 5301 Tacony Street and 2275 Bridge Street. Parking is available in the staff/student lot next to the school. Nearby transit service includes buses 73 and 84, plus the Bridesburg station on SEPTA Regional Rail.

RSVPs for this event are appreciated. Community residents are encouraged to call the City Planning Commission at 215.683.4653 if they plan to attend or have any questions about the Area-Wide Plan and meeting.