Developer Bart Blatstein has been the talk of South Philly lately, with two developments in the works. He recently released new plans for Broad and Washington, along with news of another riverfront development.
Inga Saffron wrote a piece criticizing Blatstein’s vision for both of these developments. Now Blatstein’s firing back with a letter explaining his car-centric development for Columbus Boulevard
The project for 1401-99 Columbus Blvd. includes 75,000 sq. ft. of retail, 435 apartments, 45 buildings of townhouses and 45 pier townhouses for the 16-acre property. You can read more about the plans here.
More from the letter on Philly.com
The original blueprint – heavy retail – is 25 years old. Our site has been vacant for 40 years, with zero riverfront development. Although there are sidewalks, no one is crossing six lanes of traffic. It’s not a transit-oriented development; the only way to move is by car. There’s one SEPTA bus stop.
The design challenges include the loading docks of Home Depot and Walmart and Comcast’s parking lot and storage.
The Schuylkill has seen more development than the Delaware because it’s in the central business district and close to 30th Street Station. Mixed-use development is needed to be attractive for residential development.
Saffron isn’t the only one not fond of this commercial and residential complex for the riverfront. A petition with close to 900 signatures is speaking out against this car-centric development.