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New Plan Envisions an “Urban Remix” at 46th and Market

June 11, 2013

On Monday, the Community Design Collaborative released the final design plan for physical development around the 46th Street and Market Street intersection.

“Urban Remix” captures how local stakeholders envision future development in the area, anchored by the 46th Street SEPTA train station. In November, the Community Design Collaborative worked with LISC and The Enterprise Center to bring together design professionals, residents, organizations, local property owners, and representatives from the Streets Department, Mayor’s Office of Community Safety, the Planning Commission, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, the Commerce Department, and others.

The plan recommends pursuing key stormwater management strategies along 46th Street and Market Street, and in new proposed green spaces in the area. New streets are proposed north of Market to create more connection in an area that features isolated and inaccessible “superblocks”. The plan recommends setting back development from the property edge particularly between 46th and 49th Streets to create an opportunity for green, public gathering areas on the north and south sides of Market Street. Finally, to encourage vibrancy and density near the station, the plan suggests a strong focus on mixed-use development at the intersection of 46th and Market Streets.

This plan builds on earlier successes of LISC’s Sustainable Communities Initiative work in West Philadelphia (SCI-West). A crime study completed two years ago identified the transit hub as a “crime hotspot.”  In response to the study, UCD made lighting improvements to the area during the first half of 2012 – on residential housing, on PECO light poles, and on commercial buildings.

Now, using “Urban Remix” as a guide, LISC plans to continue working with the stakeholder group to drive change forward in the area.

The conceptual master plan, renderings, and recommendations from the final report will be incorporated into the University Southwest District Plan by the Philadelphia City Planning Commission to guide development in the 46th Street Station Area.

In addition, the Collaborative will feature some of the work from the design charrette in an exhibition presenting Infill Philadelphia: Soak It Up! at City Hall’s 5th Floor Gallery from October 7 through December 7.

 

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