Project manager sought for Central Delaware Master Plan

The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation is seeking a manager for the creation of a master plan for the redevelopment of the waterfront, from Allegheny to Oregon Avenues.

“ The Master Plan will establish public  policies and directives in the area of land use, transportation, public access, and infrastructure  investment for the enhanced development of the Central Delaware Riverfront corridor,” the recently released Request for Proposals states. “The Project Manager will report to, and be directed by the Executive Director of the Philadelphia  City Planning Commission (PCPC), and work out of the PCPC offices. The Project Manager will  also work closely with the Master Plan Working Group, a joint, public/private/non-profit  committee established to provide plan oversight. … A consultant team will be selected to provide plan development and other technical services to the Working Group. Together, these entities will  develop the policies, standards, and program recommendations for the Master Plan.”

The Master Plan Working Group consists of representatives from the following: The Central Delaware Advocacy Group, City of Philadelphia Office of the Commerce Director, City of Philadelphia Department of Streets, Delaware River Waterfront Corporation, Honorable Anna C. Verna, City Council Second District, Honorable Frank DiCicco, City Council First District, Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities, PennPraxis of the University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Pennsylvania Environmental Council, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, Philadelphia City Planning Commission, Philadelphia Water Department and the William Penn Foundation.  

The master plan process is to be open to the public, and the consultant hired to manage it will also be responsible for holding public meetings.

The William Penn Foun dation is paying for the project manager, via a grant. The position will pay $80,000, and will last one year, but the DRWC has an option to renew.

“The Master Plan will serve as an exemplar of 21st-century, ecologically-responsible, public space development,” the RFP states. “This plan should evoke state-of-the-art thinking in ecology, landscape  design, urban design, historical and cultural anthropology, and sustainable infrastructure. ”

Proposals are due May 1.

For more information, see the full RFP.

-Posted  by Kellie Patrick Gates

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