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‘Entire city’ envisioned for Sheetmetal Workers site at Delaware and Washington

A developer says he has a plan to build a massive mixed-use project on the gated site of the sheetmetal workers union hall just south of the east end of Washington Avenue.

This is an approximation of where he plans to build.

This is an approximation of where he would build.

Eric Blumenfeld, who has completed a number of projects on North Broad Street, told the Inquirer blog PhillyDeals that he has partnered with the union to build offices, apartments and restaurants on 20 acres between Columbus Boulevard and the river over the next several years.

“Based on the new zoning, it should turn into an entire city,” with 1,000 or more apartments, stores, “waterside dining,” and maybe offices on 600,000 sq. ft. between Columbus Ave. and the Delaware, says Blumenfeld. The Delaware River Waterfront Develoment Corp. has a plan to build a trail through the property that would “mimic what exists on the Schuylkill.”

The City Planning Commission is aware of the project but has not seen plans. Blumenfeld is still working on securing financing, so this could be many years off.

The blog post notes that Blumenfeld’s father had been in charge of Penn’s Landing’s redevelopment in the ’70s. The circle of life? The whole thing is worth a read here.

As you can see in the screen grab above, the project would be adjacent to the Pier 53 redevelopment project, which is being completed this year. That means those apartments would have a view something like this:

A rendering of the proposed redevelopment of Pier 53, not to be confused with the proposal for Pier 68.

A rendering of the proposed redevelopment of Pier 53, not to be confused with the proposal for Pier 68.

Not bad.

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One Response to ‘Entire city’ envisioned for Sheetmetal Workers site at Delaware and Washington

  1. Lindsey February 13, 2014 at 1:42 pm #

    Not bad and surely an improvement, unless you think that land directly adjacent to the river should be returned to a natural state to help with flooding, stormwater runoff, greenspace, wildlife, etc. Any word on plans to implement some natural features or green stormwater infrastructure on the site?

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